Stamps’ DeVone Claybrooks spurns Alouettes to stay in Calgary

Stampeders DeVone Claybrooks is staying for another ride in Calgary.

Montreal Gazette reporter Herb Zurkowsky first Tweeted the news Thursday night but deleted it. TSN’s Dave Naylor confirmed Friday.

Claybrooks interviewed for the Alouettes head coach job last weekend in Montreal.A former defensive lineman, Claybrooks played for Montreal in 2007 and 2008. Als general manager Kavis Reed received permission from the Stamps organization to talk to Claybrooks on that occasion. The Virginia native inked a three-year extension with the Stamps last winter that takes him through the 2019 season, which means he’s secure in Calgary.

The 40-year-old coach stays in Calgary and continues to run the No. 1 defence in the CFL.


31 Comments on Stamps’ DeVone Claybrooks spurns Alouettes to stay in Calgary

  1. solara2000 // December 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm //

    Good move for Claybrooks, Calgary and not so good for the Als.

  2. Brightred // December 8, 2017 at 7:21 pm //

    I had no doubt Claybrooks would stay. He is a true Stampeder and wouldn’t risk that for such a precarious situation like Montreal. True Stamps stay. Unlike Murphy and Jones.
    The best Defense will remain the best defence.
    Calgary just signed a new lease to stay in the penthouse
    Sorry West 🙁

    • Prove Me Wrong // December 9, 2017 at 3:34 pm //

      Penthouse… more like the outhouse after the stumps keep shitting themselves at the Grey Cup.

    • There is nothing about Claybrooks that is a Stampeder. He is every bit ready to be a coach for any other CFL team that would offer him a better money and opportunity in his young coaching career.
      Montreal may have been prepared to offer Claybooks a higher coaching position. However they did not offer him a better opportunity. He’s no dummy and realized there is nothing in Montreal for him other than a quick jump to a shortened coaching career. Claybrooks.
      The second that Claybrooks is offered what he feels is a higher paid better opportunity. He will be gone as quick as Murphy and Jones left.
      Besides the ultimate choke artist Calgary Stampeders are about to be dismantled and rebuilt. Huff understands that trying the same thing over and over again with the same people and you expect different results is the definition of insanity.

  3. Smart man……not sure he is ready for that mess and would have been overwhelmed. This way, he can maintain his brand and replace Wally next year.

    • doobzacheria // December 8, 2017 at 8:23 pm //

      Yeah, that’s probably a pretty big consideration for the potential HC candidates this year. Go to the Als now, with an incompetent boob as your GM, or wait a year and potentially have a shot to go to the Leos and work for a GM that has proven he can be successful.

      Of course, that assumes Wally and Ed can co-exist in that structure for a year. Which will be fine if Wally steps back, goes hands off on the Ops side and focuses on coaching. If he trusts Ed to make the correct decisions, and only offers advice, they will be fine going into the post-Wally era.

  4. Not a band wagon jumper // December 8, 2017 at 7:28 pm //

    He would have been in a no win situation. His chances for success would have been nil with Reed as GM.

  5. Smart move.
    It’s a ‘no-win’ situation as long as “Consequences” is there.

    • doobzacheria // December 8, 2017 at 8:18 pm //

      Ha ha ha, I wish 3 Down had “likes” in their comments.
      I fully agree, and thanks for giving me a chuckle!

  6. rogieshan // December 8, 2017 at 7:58 pm //

    Tom Clements would be a great choice, but I’m guessing it’s going to be Corey Chamblin or Marcus Brady now.

    • doobzacheria // December 8, 2017 at 8:15 pm //

      Chamblin already declined. He’s choosing to stick in Toronto for at least one more season. Good decision by him. He can learn from Trestman how to grow as a coach. He’ll get another head coaching shot somewhere in the future. He was good here in Sask when he started, but after the GC win he proved he wasn’t quite mature enough to handle it at that time. With more seasoning, I see him having a great career as a head coach in this league.

  7. Another candidate opts out. I think the Al’s are down to Willie the Janitor and my Aunt Trudy.

  8. doobzacheria // December 8, 2017 at 8:12 pm //

    Good choice Biscuit! Stick with a good situation in Calgary (as much as I hate admitting that) and avoid the mess in Montreal.

    The Montreal head coach job will be much more appealing once they hire a proper GM.

    • Amen brother. Everything Kavis did was a disaster last season. He made the team more awful on all fronts. Looks like he’s getting rid of my favorite player Chip Cox by assigning him on the retired list. I wonder how many more effective players he’ll get rid of just to replace them with washed up players from the Western division & never-will-be’s from the college leagues. I’m still stunned he’s staying as GM for a second season.

  9. greenonions // December 8, 2017 at 8:17 pm //

    Word has it Trudy declined.

  10. White Horse // December 8, 2017 at 8:35 pm //

    The next Alouette head coach is currently working at Seven Eleven with Osama Bin Laden. He feels he is more than prepared to work under a dick-tator like Kavis.
    Happy for Devon….

  11. We know Reed interviewed Claybrooks but are we certain Reed offered “Biscuit” the HC position? Its possible he simply withdrew his name because Reed was taking too long to decide.

  12. Jihad Justin would fit quite nicely with the Quebec/Montreal Allouette establishment.

    Mr.Ambrosie would be instructed and legislated to give the French Canadian team a 3 game win as not to be seen as a ‘threat’ to Quebec Sovereignty

  13. Who wants to work for Reed? Montreal is a dumpster fire with him in charge. Smart move by Claybrooks.

  14. Davis Sanchez thinks Mark Washington is the right guy for this job. And I would put a lot of faith in Davis’s opinion

  15. BleedsGreen // December 9, 2017 at 12:27 pm //

    Yet another inaccurate headline. He may have decided that eventually, the Als moved on to other candidates, Claybrooks has a good gig there and will be ready the next opportunity that arises.

  16. Reed sure gets a lot of abuse on this site. Am not sure he deserves it.

  17. Red&White Forever // December 9, 2017 at 1:12 pm //

    Smart move by Claybrooks. Montreal has been chewing through coaches since Trestman left, Calgary has stability and the #1 defence in the league. Huf isn’t going to be the GM forever in Calgary, and it will mostly likely be Dickenson moving up into the chair. That would (probably) leave the HC job available for Claybrooks, and (IMO) an eventual HC in Calgary looks a lot better long term than an HC position now in Montreal on a team that has a lot of problems. All speculation on my part, but seems like an obvious progression to me.

  18. Paul Bomber // December 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm //

    I think Kavis is going to have a hard time time attracting a quality and experienced candidate. I have to wonder if he’s part of the reason LaPolice signed a contract with the Bummers.

    • BleedGreen // December 10, 2017 at 1:24 pm //

      Seriously? June Jones looked at options and the cats were in flux there for a while. Lapo would have been a candidate there too. How about Bombers execs putting a clause in a contract extension because they are smart, and a man signs that gives his family stability to live in a city he loves. If he is offered
      A HC position the team that offers has to pay to play. How someone can jump to Kavis being the route cause of that is baffling.

      • Paul Bomber // December 12, 2017 at 2:06 pm //

        Yikes! Why so angry? I’m just suggesting had it not been Reed in Montreal, maybe LaPo would have thought about taking a run at getting back to a HC job, and you react like I took a yo’mama shot. Maybe cut down on the caffeine, pal.

  19. Chris Bickford // December 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm //

    last year, when I heard Kavis Reed raving about the arm-strength, the football IQ and the Joe Montana-like aura of their QB Drew Willy, DREW WILLY (??? wtf did he just say that?? lol) ….I realized the Alouettes were in big trouble….and I’ve never heard of so many young guys being offered their first pro head coaching gig and saying, ‘ummm…no thanks..’
    that’s a very bas sign

    • Can’t imagine why anyone would find fault with Kavis Reed. After all, he was chosen for his first HC gig by the almighty football authority Eric Tillman.

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