Alouettes narrow down to final candidates for head coach position

The Alouettes have final candidates for their head coach position, according to Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette.

Two of whom are Tommy Condell, now considered the favourite due to his offensive background, and Mark Washington. The third is believed to be either Kerwin Bell or Oscar Giles. Both Bell and Giles played with Reed at Edmonton.

Condell and Washington have either had or are scheduled to do a second interview.

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.

If Condell’s hired, the Als might trade for Tiger-Cats quarterback Zach Collaros — although Kent Austin might not want to do Condell any favours, the two parting on less than amicable terms.

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.

Washington played six years for Montreal at defensive back from 1997-2002. After playing five seasons in B.C. he became the Lions’ defensive backs coach in 2008 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2014.Back in 2012 Washinton interviewed for the Alouettes head coach role, but it ultimately went to Marc Trestman.

Bell played quarterback for seven seasons in the CFL with the Gold Miners, Eskimos, Argos and Bombers. He was Toronto’s offensive coordinator in 2000 and 2001. Currently, Bell is the head coach at Valdosta State.

At the beginning of his CFL career, Giles signed with Edmonton, but never played a game for the Eskimos. He was traded to San Antonio Texans and then played two seasons for the Argos in 1996 and 1997 as a defensive lineman. Giles is the assistant head coach and defensive line coach at the Universty of Houston and he’s had stints at Louisiana Tech, Texas, Southern Methodist and Texas State.

Narrowing the search for a bench boss could mean Montreal names a head man soon.


10 Comments on Alouettes narrow down to final candidates for head coach position

  1. Ridersnhabs // December 12, 2017 at 9:03 pm //

    This is a no win situation for anyone accepting this job . As long as Reed if the gm the head coach has little chance for success . I hope I’m wrong because we need a strong franchise in montreal.
    What they should be doing is replacing Reed then hire a head coach .

    • Marc Lebut // December 14, 2017 at 9:48 am //

      We need strong franchises all across CFL.

      To me, Condell would benefit of some kind of a break if he goes grooming a young QB. Fans would allow him some time to grow in the position. If the HC is not Condell and whoever it is goes with Durant and this bunch of subpar old players, Alouettes are doomed. This franchise is in danger already.

  2. Re: Chris Williams. How did DD work out? How did Ernest Jackson work out. How did bringing in his own players work out.Als won’t make the playoffs next year. The other teams in the east have improved . Not so the Als

  3. ummmmmmmmm wasn’t Tresman Montreals coach in 2009 already , how could he INterview in 2012 to take over his own JOB !!!!!!!! Ummmmthese 3down nation staff writers and writers period are simply MORONIC. That is 2 articles that had Washington interviewing for the HC position with the Als agaist Tresman , , when it was perhaps Washington interviewing for the HC position AFTER Tresman left in 2012!!! or 2013 I don’t follow the als so have no idea when Tresman left, just know he was HC in 2009-2010 already .

    • You don’t follow the Als plus are not clear on when Trestman left … yet are happy to call the writing moronic?

      Keep in mind that Trestman interviewed with the Colts in 2012, presenting the Als with the potential of having to replace him. While I agree a Washington interview likely was not a competition with a returning Trestman, at the end of the day – Trestman ended up back as HC when it was not guaranteed he would be back.

  4. Washington lost to Dan Hawkins, not Trestman. Par for the course.

  5. The Als did NOT narrow the list. Other candidates shortened the list for them.

  6. I think Condell or Washington would both do fine. Not sure about the other two

  7. Kerwin Bell. Of course I can’t post a link but a YouTube search of him is worth it. The old video clip of him running it in for a TD and then “sacking” himself after spiking the football in celebration is hilarious. I can’t hear his name without giggling… LOL.

  8. greenenvy? // December 13, 2017 at 2:52 pm //

    Narrowing the search? What does that mean in MTL? Down to their top 30?

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