New Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman: we will win a Grey Cup or two or three

Mike Sherman believes the Alouettes are going to be Grey Cup champions under his watch and maybe more than just once.

“The people here expect to win and they want to win and they demand that you win, as they should…there will come a point where yeah we will win a Grey Cup or two or three,” Sherman said on TSN 690 radio in Montreal.

The Alouettes last Grey Cup win seems far away even though it was 2010. Sherman signed a two-year deal plus a team option, so he’ll have at least that much time to get the Als to some CFL championships.

Montreal lost 11 straight games to finish the 2017 season at 3-15, the worst record in the league. Since Marc Trestman left for the NFL in 2013, there have been five different head coaches in La Belle Province: Dan Hawkins, Jim Popp (twice), Tom Higgins, Jacques Chapdelaine and Kavis Reed. Over that span, the Alouettes have a 33-55 record and have missed the playoffs three consecutive seasons, tying a franchise-worst streak.

Sherman has a big turnaround job in front of him but at least he has the confidence for it.

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53 Comments on New Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman: we will win a Grey Cup or two or three

  1. darockwilder // December 22, 2017 at 12:22 pm //

    He sounds like a CFL LeBron “I’m taking my talents to Percival-Molson”

    4th and 26 is still on his resume…. I guess it’ll have to be 3rd and 36 or something now.

    • He’s just saying what he needs to say to be positive, give the city some hope. I wouldn’t expect him to say “I don’t think we will win a cup for a few years”

  2. Hmmmmmm.. Maybe shoot for improving enough to become competitive. Sounds like Mike is putting the cup before the horse. (No pun intended) of course if it were Calgary vs Al’s—- the east would win! Again!!

    • Hahahahaha when’s the last time the Bombers won anything

      • Blue Rules // December 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm //

        @Als, its a little bit of a blur but about 27ish. But you don’t see O’Shea stating were going to win multiple Grey Cups!! He’s a bit classier than that!!

      • CFLFan2789 // December 22, 2017 at 2:28 pm //

        27 years but I also didn’t see their fans leaving after the first bad year a la your fans. Your stadium looks empty and it’s only been 7 years since you last won a GC and one really bad year. I wouldn’t be calling out any other fan base…

  3. Kaptain beyond // December 22, 2017 at 1:02 pm //

    I’m assuming he knows what he’s talking about. Or else he’s a flake or a blowhard.

    • He has to say something positive, the Als attendance has declined dramatically and the RDS ratings are terrible.

  4. Whoa Mike, have you checked your roster yet?

    • Bart Oatess // December 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm //

      Yeah, or the track record of your GM? You can turn things around quickly in a league with 1 or 2 year contracts, but not when Kavis is the dude calling the shots. No one fears Sherman or Reed. All look forward to seeing them on their schedule. That’s not going to change until both are fired.

  5. greenenvy? // December 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm //

    Shades of Jones. They can’t both be winning Cups at the same time, can they? Watch out rest of the league. Riders & Als are both winning GC’s in the off-season again.

  6. gotta have that kick-a%$ swagger….good on ya Coach…..will be good to see the Als rolling again

    (also nice to see a US coach of his pedigree respect both the CFL and one of Canada’s greatest cities….he’s a bright, educated guy)

    • Amen

    • greenonions // December 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm //

      Well there’s swagger & there’s stupidity. Another American coach underestimating the talent in the CFL. He could show a little respect. He hasn’t even got his coaching staff yet & has no idea what kind of players end up in Mtl. Chris Jones, who actually knows the CFL came out after training camp 2016 yakking about what a good team he had & mentioned GC. If he ended up 5-13 after a 3 win season, put me down for no more than 4 wins for a neophyte like Sherman. I guess he figures coaching a high school team in the US to a less than stellar record over 2 years translates to immediate success in the CFL. Such big talk. Yet Reed STILL interviewed 15 people when this genius was there for the taking early in the process? 1st choiceall along, Kavis? I believe you, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

      • Green Onions the CFL is underestimating Cana talent by having the ratio. What is insulting is not Brash confident American coaches but telling Cana kids they cant earn slots on field with just talent, effort, and training. No we need to legislate your on field slot because you suck. No wonder Cana kids flee to Ncaa. They want to earn their starts as the Ohio U starting QB does (from Ontario)

      • But ALL of our coaches except Buona and O’Shea are American coaches. We haven’t exactly been too successful with Canadian coaches in the CFL…..
        At least our US coaches have coached in the big league and the NCAA. This guy has the resume.
        I will take a Sherman or a Tressman over any ex-CIS coach

  7. A positive confident attitude is a good thing but this is a little brash and disrespectful to the rest of the league. I doubt he lasts as long as his contract especially with Reed as the gm. I’m hoping they can be at least competitive because the league is only as strong as the weakest link and right now the Als are it.

  8. Edward Leslie // December 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm //

    “Okay sir, put your arms in these sleeves. We’ll just tie it up in back here. What? It’s called a straitjacket. Don’t worry.,We’ll take you to a nice quiet padded room with some soft music playing. Nobody will harm you, you’ll be okay. You’ll like it there.”
    Seriously, no matter how good he is as a coach, I just can’t see him winning a Grey Cup with Kavis Reed and Joe Mack. With Christmas coming, I just don’t see these three as “The Three Wise men”! LOL

  9. marko Polo // December 22, 2017 at 3:33 pm //

    Based on Ambrosie’s waffling I thing he was waiting for the Al’s to hire a coach before letting Manziel in. Don’t be surprised to see a Ambrosie negotiated trade of Manziel to his first [email protected] coach Sherman. Why? Montreal needs a star and they can bump some games to Olympic stadium if they can fill it. The French are more tolerant to party boys and womanizers as Manziel was in the past. See Jaques Chirac’s mistresses etal. Hamilton is puritanical and the Brile’s protest showed that. Montreal is more of party city anyway even if Manziel does not party any more. See the strip bars on St. Catherines. Better fit all the way around.

    • Blue Rules // December 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm //

      @ Marco polo (BTW proper spelling) bump a some games to the Olympic stadium????? That stadium seats 60k+, that’s like 1/3 of Al’s home games attendance. All for one over the hill coach with no CFL experience who claims he can win up to win up to 3 Grey Cups in a two year plus an option contract? WOW just another American coach with a big mouth having never playing one single game in Canada!! Very disrespectful, perhaps when he arrives as a welcome gift you can give him a big bag of respect!!

    • They need something in Quebec, the last Super Bowl ratings on RDS was ONE MILLION, the last Grey Cup on RDS was less than 200k
      Obviously French Canadians prefer the NFL, they need something to get them back to watching the CFL
      Even the Montreal soccer team outdrew the Als by 4k per game and the soccer team plays twice a many games.
      The soccer team drew a record Canadian attendance at the Big O for their playoff game over 60k, I doubt the Als will ever get those numbers back

      • Kaptain Beyond // December 26, 2017 at 4:11 pm //

        HAVing that joke of a logo doesn’t help their image. Imagine if the Habs logo was a growling Youppi. Exactly. Als need to start with a rebrand by returning to their classic iconic winning 1970s logo, when it was as respected and recognized as the Habs and Expos logos.

  10. What do people expect him to say? That he’s “really hoping we put together a .500 season”???

    Incoming coach unexpectedly aims high. Wow, that’s rare. /sarcasm

    • Under promise & over deliver. Smart people do that. His press conference was full of platitudes. Lots of “us working together as a team towards one goal”. Bonjour, I’m going to learn French. Something for everyone. I would be giddy too getting a “get out of jail” card after 2 meh years coaching teens. Looks a lot like Dan Hawkins all over again to me.

  11. Blue Rules // December 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm //

    @ msd- winning a Grey Cup is epic, being a Bomber fan trust me I know, for a person who perhaps never stepped foot in Canada, would claim up to 3 Grey Cups in his 2 + 1 year contact is ridiculous. I would expect Mike to say things like ” my plan is to put together a very competitive team, I expect to start winning on a regular basis, I plan to bring in some new players and coaches. I hope 2018 will be a very exciting year for us”. Is that so hard????

    • Blue Rules…Americans don’t think like that. They set ridiculously high goals and try like bell to reach them. Case and point. In 1962 JFK declared we will have a man on the moon by the end of the 60s. They beat that by 6 months. Luck? Coincidence? No, a preposterous statement like that focuses you. Psychology 101

    • Blue Rules – most of our CFL coaches have never stepped foot in Canada before but do a great job coaching.
      These guys have coached at the NCAA level which is miles ahead of the minor league CIS. Yes the rules are slightly different but these guys have no problem adapting straight away.
      I don’t think Tressman had ever stepped foot in Canada before being the Als coach.
      Positive talk is what the players and fans want to hear. Did you actually think that was a guarantee??

  12. Sherman May have an inside track on Johnny Manziel. I think the odds get much better they make the playoffs next year and cup the following with Manziel.

    Who ever ends up with a refocused rehabilitated Manziel will be in the running for the grey cup.

    • greenenvy? // December 22, 2017 at 7:53 pm //

      Can June Jones trade Manziel after declaring him to be the best thing to happen to the CFL if he comes? He would look like a complete idiot. Imagine the fresh abuse he would take on social media. It’s pretty clear Collaros, rightly or wrongly, is the odd man out in TiTown.

  13. By the way I live in Hamilton and agree with you greenenvy. I want to see him play football in Hamilton.

  14. I think the delay of Johnny Manziel signing may be set between the cfl comish, Manziel agent and Hamilton Tiger-Cats to get Sherman in place. Montreal will offer big bucks to get Manziel.

    • Kaptain beyond // December 22, 2017 at 8:52 pm //

      Manziel. Whatever. All i even know about the giy is he was a bust in the nfl. Who wants a bust? Not me. And this new coach, he sounds ridiculous already. Can the cfl please stop being a gong show, please?

      • A bust in the NFL? it depends how you define that.
        ALL of our current CFL QBs couldn’t make it in the NFL that’s why they decided to try the CFL.
        The CFL is the “second chance” career -if they do well they have the chance to return to the NFL

        • Kaptain beyond // December 26, 2017 at 5:28 pm //

          All I’ve heard about the guy is he’s a headache. And unlike many of the QB greats who came up here from the usa it seems as tho we’re begging this bust to come. If he’s bad news we don’t need him.

    • very strong possibility. June loves Masoli and Dane Evans only got cut by Eagles because Wentz and Folk were there.

  15. Manziel is not going anywhere but Hamilton. On the other hand , could easily see Masoli landing in Montreal. The next few weeks will be interesting. I really hope that Collaros is the one Ticats maintain to tutor Manziel.

    • Jones is going to let his preference for starter Masoli go to Montreal?

      Only if Montreal offers assets like they would for Manziel or better IMO.

      Plus I doubt they want to pay Collaros his current rate to be tutor/backup.

  16. Agree with Masolli out Collaros tutors Manziel on the cfl game works with him.

    • greenenvy? // December 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm //

      Could happen. Personally I like Collaros better than Masoli & the Manziel/Collaros duo could be very good in TiTown.

  17. Sherman certainly sounds like one heck of a CONFIDENT GUY coming to Montreal and the CFL. Hope he backs things up with a bunch of Ws vs Ls in the win loss column. If he gets the RIGHT PLAYERS and the RIGHT COACHES anything is possible in the CFL. IF he can do what previous NFL guys Leavy and Trestman did in Montreal they will have a parade for him going down St. Catherines waving the Als flag no doubt.

  18. Blackhawk89 // December 23, 2017 at 12:49 am //

    Has he seen tape of the Als from last season? No QB and a bafoon for a GM …. good luck

  19. Ya if it was that easy. Right. What a chump.

    • Kaptain beyond // December 23, 2017 at 12:29 pm //

      I know, what a thing to say. It shows either unfounded boasting or a total lack of knowyand respect for the league. Or worse, both. Not a good start. The kind of start that fits right in with a team that can’t stop blundering.

  20. Hi im the new coach. We suck. good luck. Is that what you want to hear? Or is Sherman just aiming high. Shoot for the stars and maybe you will hit the moon.

  21. He may not be thee long enough for to win 3 or 3 Grey Cups. No Qb yet. Oline needs re built. Has to learn how ratio works. GOOD luck.

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