Kahlil Carter set to become Alouettes’ new defensive coordinator: report

According to Alouettes radio analyst and CFL podcaster Davis Sanchez, former Calgary Stampeders defensive backs coach Kahlil Carter will be the defensive coordinator under new Montreal head coach Mike Sherman.

Calgary’s defence did allow the fewest touchdowns and yards against through the air this year but the Stampeders abruptly cut ties with Carter just a few days after they lost 27-24 to the Toronto Argonauts in the Grey Cup game. Quarterback Ricky Ray threw for 297 yards, including a 100-yard touchdown pass to Devier Posey – the longest in the championship game’s history – and engineered the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.

Carter has three seasons of positional coach experience in the CFL and has been in the coaching racket for almost a decade, including stints as a defensive coordinator in the Arena league. He’s been considered one of the up-and-coming young coaches in the league, though “no-brainer” might be a wee bit strong.

Of course, winning games with Calgary’s personnel and coaching staff is one thing but running the show in Montreal is a different challenge altogether: the Alouettes were last in points allowed and just about every other major defensive statistical category as well last season.

Here’s an interview Carter did with Nik Lewis during the Grey Cup.


21 Comments on Kahlil Carter set to become Alouettes’ new defensive coordinator: report

  1. greenenvy? // December 23, 2017 at 3:49 pm //

    Have to say that came out of nowhere.

  2. Ivan Diablo // December 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm //

    bad news for calgary

  3. We shall see.

  4. Fact checker // December 23, 2017 at 4:52 pm //

    I believe he has been a coordinating pass games 7 out of 9 coaching years. #fakenews

  5. Carter also played for the Als way back in 2008. His background shows he also played with the Argos and many and varied teams in other leagues including the NFL. He’s got a Master’s degree in Public Admin, and his minor in his undergrad work was in French. So, just maybe, Carter will do some good things in Montreal. Could it be that Reed made a shrewd signing with Carter? Stranger things have happened.

  6. Coached the DB’s of the league’s best pass D the last 2 seasons. He’s been around as a player and coach for 10+ years. I like it.

  7. Sometimes a change of scenery is good for a coach. Carter has youth and a certain amount of experience on his side going for him. Wonder if the Als would of looked at Mark Nelson of the Redblacks who just got demoted as DC in Ottawa but has tons of experience on both sides of the border?

  8. Maybe the Al’s will hire Khari Jones as there offensive code and Brian Chuck as there offensive line coach

  9. Well it is starting to look like something positive. We have structure coming from this. We need an open competition at QB…

  10. Carter is the first coach ever fired since Hufnagel arrived in 2008. It was the first move of the Stampeders at the end of the season. On November 30, “I felt it was in the best interests of the team to go in a different direction with that position on our staff,” head coach Dave Dickenson said in a statement released by the team.
    Seems like something was wrong to release him so quickly. Usually teams take some time to step back and evaluate before making these kinds of decisions. To be released so quickly sounds like there is a story that is not being told.

    • Fact checker // December 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm //

      Why wasn’t it Carter’s decision or a mutual one? Many defensive back coaches have left Calgary for better opportunities. Chamblin, Jones, Campbell. And Hufnagel didn’t retain Chris Sweeter a few years ago, so Carter isn’t the first. Please check your facts.

      • Fact checker // December 24, 2017 at 12:12 pm //

        Oh and Tony Misdick after a Grey Cup win???

      • Coaches have chosen to leave the Stampeders. Many times as former Stampeder coaches on on staffs all around the league including two head coaches. Carter was fired at the end of the season, before he landed a new job. This hasn’t happened before under Hufnagel. I know my facts, Fact checker.

        • Fact checker // December 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm //

          Fired? He had a one year deal and I believe is still getting paid by the team. If you are fired you don’t get paid. I also believe the Claybrooks to Montreal deal had something to do with it. Funny, now he is going to Montreal. Sounds like a smart guy to me.

          • Fact checker // December 24, 2017 at 5:19 pm //

            And Chris Sweeter?

          • Fired does not mean they no longer get paid. Coaches contracts are guaranteed and they get paid out. Getting fired means we’d rather not have you around anymore even though we have to keep paying you for another month or so.

            Sweet was not shown the door, nor were any of the others that have been mentioned. Within a week of the season being over, Dickensen announces the team is done with Carter. That hasn’t happened since somewhere before 2008.

  11. Fact checker // December 24, 2017 at 5:41 pm //

    Sorry Kris Sweet. Contract not renewed in 2012. Went to Sask in 2012 and who would’ve guesses, not retained there either. What was his next CFL job. Oh? #facts

    • Sweet was offered a promotion by Saskatchewan (OL Coach and run game coordinator) and left on his own accord. The Stampeders didn’t cut ties with him until he left on his own. That is the fact.

  12. Fact checker // December 25, 2017 at 6:39 pm //

    Again, I believe Carter left on his own accord. Isnt DC a promotion as well? The Montreal job was way too attractive for a successful young coach who happened to be an former Alouette. Not everyone with 9 years of coaching experience wants to be a lifelong position coach, even for a Calgary. Sounds like a smart move to me and us Alouette fans are ecstatic to have one of our own back.

  13. Kahlil Carter // December 25, 2017 at 6:41 pm //

    Guys please don’t argue. The split was mutual and respectful. I owe a lot to the Stamps and I’m sure they feel the same. Everyone deserves a chance to be great.

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