New coach Mike Sherman has simple objectives for Alouettes

Mike Sherman has simple goals for the Montreal Alouettes.

The Alouettes hired the former NFL coach Wednesday to fill their vacant head-coaching position. Sherman replaces general manager Kavis Reed, who assumed the position on an interim basis last year after firing Jacques Chapdelaine.

Sherman, 63, takes over a Montreal squad that posted a CFL-worst 3-15 record last year. The Alouettes become the third East Division team to have a former NFL head coach, joining Toronto (Marc Trestman) and Hamilton (June Jones).

“With me, you’re going to find what you see is what you get,” Sherman told reporters during a news conference. “It’s very simple and I have very simple objectives.

“I want this franchise to be in total alignment with this city.”

And to illustrate that point, Sherman recollected his days growing up in Boston and watching the Montreal Canadiens and Bruins square off.

“I didn’t watch a ton of hockey but whenever the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins played we were tuned to that TV . . . and I remember those games,” he said. “Ken Dryden, Guy Lafleur, Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and those championship battles.

“I always remember that and it affected me as a coach because you couldn’t tell if they were playing for the Stanley Cup or just the first game of the season. They always played at a high level against each other and that’s exactly how I want our team to play.”

Sherman has coached at the high school, NCAA and NFL levels over his career. He served as head coach/GM of the Green Bay Packers from 2000 to 2005 and has a career NFL coaching record of 59-43.

And Sherman said his wife, Karen, signed off on him accepting the Alouettes’ job because what the city of Montreal has to offer.

“I have to say this, if it wasn’t for Montreal, this city and what it offers to people that come here, that’s what really excited her about me taking this job,” he said. “If she had said, ‘No,’ there would be somebody else standing her, for sure.”

In May 2015, Sherman became the head football coach at Nauset Regional High School but resigned two years later. And Sherman took a stab at speaking French, albeit a very brief one.

“Bonjour,” he said. “That’s as much as we’re going to get today.

“But it kind of rolls off your tongue. If I get a couple more to roll off like that, I think I’ll be OK.”

Sherman also praised owner Robert Wetenhall and team director Andrew Wetenhall for their interviewing process.

“I’ve been in a bunch of interviews in my career,” Sherman said. “When I interviewed with Bob and Andrew, it was one of the most precise, innovative, thoughtful interviews, I think, I’ve ever had as a football coach.

“When I left that room I was very much impressed by ownership.”

But the bottom line in pro football is winning, something Sherman said requires plenty of sacrifice and dedication.

“Winning comes at a cost,” he said. “Winning consistently comes at a great cost.

“You’ve got to put a lot into it to win consistently. That is hard to do and we have to get our football team, the Montreal Alouettes, to play winning football, consistently winning football and we will get there.”

– CP


14 Comments on New coach Mike Sherman has simple objectives for Alouettes

  1. A good football man with tons of experience as a HC etc. Hopefully it will go well for him as it did for Trestman in Argo land and Jones in TiCat land. If he gets the right coaches and players anything is possible.

  2. It’s hard to know how to read this. The Wetenhalls hit a home run with Trestman, but the way Sherman talks about the CFL, showing that he knows very little about it, gives me flashbacks to Forrest Gregg and Willie Wood.

  3. oh well, I was about to quit Subway and apply for the job

  4. As I have said, he has to surround himself with experienced coordinators. If they do that, everything will be OK. If you remember way back, in Trestman’s first year here, he lost a game because he didn’t quite understand the clock stopping with 3 minutes to go. So live and learn.

  5. sixbeamers // December 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm //

    The big difference is Marc Trestman began his CFL coaching career (2008) with Anthony Calvillo as his quarterback. Calvllo was at the top of his game and was named the league’s most outstanding player that season.
    What does Mike Sherman have? A fading Darian Durant. A mediocre Drew Willy. An unproven Matt Shiltz.
    No matter the breadth and depth of Sherman’s coaching background, his success or failure rests on attending to the Alouettes’ most glaring need.

    • greenenvy? // December 20, 2017 at 2:36 pm //

      Anthony Calvillo’s career was resurrected with Trestman. After throwing for 6,000 yds in 2004, his totals declined every year through 2007. Calvillo was getting beat up. Trestman brought in his system which played to Calvillo’s strength & his career saw a renaissance. Trestman extended Calvillo’s career by a few years. We saw the same thing with Ray this year. A lot of people thought he was done after accepting a backup role to Willy. I can see no such resurrection of eithe Durant or Willy. The Als have to go out & get a guy like Collaros who is younger & has more upside than what they got now. Pay the piper. Willy has no confidence, can’t throw the long ball & DD has been bad for a couple of years & got run out of Regina coz he can’t even throw the short passes well.

  6. How about Collaros? Bridge? Adams? Sherman said the job is “up for grabs”. Don’t sign any long term commitments Darian!!!

    • greenenvy? // December 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm //

      Isn’t DD on yhe 2nd year of a 3 year deal? Doesn’t really matter. No one is going to take Durant on his salary. He likely gets traded on condition he takes a lower salary at new club, or he’s done. There ARE some possible landing spots. Edm, Wpg, maybe Ott are looking for a backup or he may take a backup role with Als. Wpg seems most likely. Their backups played some this year & they found out they were no good. Esks have 2 prospects which may pan out, Ottawa has the oft injured Tate who comes cheaper.

  7. Sea of Dead // December 20, 2017 at 1:35 pm //

    Hopefully, Sherman can make the team competitive again and improve the status of the Eastern division which has been mediocre for some time now. But he’ll need younger talent to do that and I have my doubts that Kavis Reed can deliver as GM.

  8. So here’s an interesting tidbit. Mike Sherman recruited Johnny Manziel to Texas A&M. He was fired just before Manziel arrived, but he was the guy who recruited him.

    • greenenvy? // December 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm //

      That’s very interesting, RFD. I think there is a good chance Collaros or Manziel enfs up in Mtl. In light of June’s comments on Manziel & Collaros’s firm stand on not taking a pay cut, Collaros probably is odd man out. After Jones raved about Manziel, what would TiCat fans say if he traded the “best guy to ever come to the CFL”?

  9. That is interesting, you would think the 3 Down staff would have been all over that story.

  10. kwitcherbitchin // December 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm //

    My only question is this: Who will Karen Sherman go with as the #1 QB?

  11. habbernack // December 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm //

    He’s got time to learn the canadian game and I’m sure he could talk to Trestman. Will AC be back? He needs some people with CFL experience.

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