Tommy Condell gets second interview for Alouettes’ head coaching job

Toronto Argonauts receivers coach and former Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive coordinator Tommy Condell is getting a second interview for the Montreal Alouettes vacant head coach position, according to a CFL source.

3DownNation’s Justin Dunk reported that Condell had an initial conversation with Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed last week and the position remains open after Calgary defensive coordinator DeVone Claybrooks – long considered the front-runner for the job – pulled out of consideration over the weekend. B.C. Lion’s defensive coordinator Mark Washington is also thought to be a strong candidate.

Condell won a Grey Cup with the Argos in 2017 after joining the club as a special advisor in January, then moving to receivers’ coach after Marc Trestman was hired as head coach. He spent 2016 out of football after unexpectedly resigning from the Ticats in April.

In his three years with the Ticats, Condell helped the team make two Grey Cup appearances.  In his final season, the Tiger-Cats had the CFL’s top-ranked passing offence and were second in points scored, despite starting four different quarterbacks  – Zach Collaros, Jeff Mathews, Jacory Harris, and Jeremiah Masoli –  due to injury.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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21 Comments on Tommy Condell gets second interview for Alouettes’ head coaching job

  1. Huge speculation in Montreal lately. Couldn’t sign Claybrooks? Money or is it Kavis Reed himself. Durant has 2 more years remaining on his contract. Montreal is known to be the oldest average in age CFL team last year. A suspect O Line, and some key free agents needed. Montreal ownership is obviously standing behind Kavis Reed and giving him a chance as G.M. for 2018. Montreal’s whole coaching staff was terminated mid season, and no improvement. Bring in Tommy Condell, be does have an excellent offensive mindset. If that makes him H.C. material, time will tell. But Als do need help. Maybe a Collaros and Condell reunion in the making?

    • blackgold56 // December 13, 2017 at 1:58 am //

      The Als were not moving Claybrooks forward. Now that reunion could make the Al’s contenders. Chris Williams would fit right into that system.

      • Williams is old at 31 next season in his position as readers in this site love to point out & damaged goods as he showed he was mostly a non-factor in B.C. last season. If Kavis is going to go rebuild a younger team, continually bringing old players from the western conference isn’t going to do the job. It’s going to be another brutal season under Reed’s incompetent hands for the Als.

  2. Condell would be a great Hire for Montreal,The Cats were a Arnaud Gascon pick away from a third straight trip to the Grey Cup with Condell then when he left Cats started their descent.Condell had Collaros playing at a MOP level at the time of his injury and they could be united in Montreal.(Not great for Cats could be Calvillo 2.0) The problems in Mountreal were largely on Offense.Condell seems like a Good guy and I hope he gets the Job.And to thinks cats could had Steinauer as Head Coach and Condell as OC what might have been.

    • Sticking with Mathews too long started their descent … Condell then Steinauer accelerated the direction.

      It looked like they both wanted the HC job that Austin had so they may not have stayed together long.

    • Yep, good ‘ole Arnaud…modern day version of “Look Ma, no hands…”!

  3. Nothing personal against Condell but such a step down from Jacques Chapdelaine. They will eventually fire Kavis Reed but not until they see more empty seats. So sad to see Kavis Reed destroy what Larry Smith and co built

    • Oldest team in the CFL that has missed 3 post seasons in a row but its the guys fault who hasn’t been in his position a year??? Larry Smith built nothing. Popp built and let it grow too old without a QB or O Line! Hahaha…almost seems like you don’t want Kavis to have a fair shake! Chapdelaine isn’t a quality head coaching candidate! History of butting head with players!

  4. Condell would be a GOOD CHOICE for HC. Offense needs revamped top to bottom to have a chance to succeed and his experience as a OC would help greatly. A lot of experience in the CFL and NCAA plus has connections down south to possibly bring in top notch talent and coaches to help him turn things around in Montreal. Will Reed and company gives him the latitude to do so? Without those controls NO HC will turn things around in the land of the Als.

  5. Condell or Washington would both be good coaches for the Als. Now they need to strike a deal for Collaros somehow

  6. Well I think its time to get behind Reed and the Als and give them a chance to re boot this team. Following since 1965 and have seen all kinds of screwups but in our wonderfull league you can go from last to first! Good Luck Als.

  7. Not an Al’s but they need a QB.

  8. There is only one coach on the offense side of the ball that has proven he can turn around an offense and that’s Condell.

    There are a whole bunch of guys who can coach a defense.

    Condell has to be the Guy. Just get a Player friendly DC like Stubbler or bring in a bunch of Matthews ex players to run it.

  9. I agree that a Condell-Collaros reunion could be a great thing for the Als. Collaros won’t play regularly under June Jones, and won’t get his mojo back as a Cat. He’s still got a lot of good road ahead of him, we can all hope. I will be galled, however, if he has as much success as ex-Tabbie AC had in La Belle Province… but c’est la vie!

    • That’s your opinion not fact. I love how people state opinions on here as facts. We are all just arm chair coaches here not experts.

      • Yes the opinions are not fact, mostly from fans, experts.

        Interesting though that Popp with likely Trestman’s input offered a trade for Collaros but for those who are sure Collaros is done, their experience seems to be irrelevant.

    • Agree. Completely.

      • The only thing Collaros and Cavillo have in common is that both their last names start with “C”…that’s it.

  10. Listen Collaros was the leading MOP Candidate in mid October when he tore is ACL in 2015 at age 27 Anthony Calvillo did not win his first MOP until age 31,Collaros was the starting QB at 26 and took his team to the Grey cup Calvillo was not the starter until age 28 and did not play in a Grey Cup until 30 is Collaros AC no not yet but Calvillo achieved all his success in his thirties after the Cats gave up on him sound familiar? That is why the Cats are a loser Franchise they do not even learn from their failures they just keep repeating them and Their fans are happy with 8 or 9 win seasons and making the playoffs 19 years and counting thank god it is only a 9 team league!

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