Anthony Calvillo plans to take 2018 away from football: report

The CFL’s all-time passing yards leader is likely going to take time away from football in 2018, according to Montreal Gazette reporter Herb Zurkowsky.

After a Hall of Fame playing career, Calvillo has spent the last three seasons as a coach with Montreal moving from receivers to offensive coordinator and overseeing quarterbacks the last two years.

The 45-year-old played 16 seasons for the Alouettes, winning three Grey Cups and three Most Outstanding Player awards. Calvillo’s final numbers were impressive: 79,816 yards and 455 touchdowns, but that success as a player hasn’t been replicated as a mentor, yet.


20 Comments on Anthony Calvillo plans to take 2018 away from football: report

  1. Philip Nicholson // January 3, 2018 at 5:01 pm //

    Speaks volumes about the Montreal management team. Calvillo deserves better.

    • Bang on. Kavis will cave in that team in no time and this is just the first of the crumbling walls to fall.

      • Kavis Reed is obviously no GM. He was hired because no legitimate GM would tolerate an incompetent like Calvillo running his offence, and the fact that ownership’s plans were to make Calvillo HC somewhere down the line. Some fun for an incoming GM. So they hired Reed. Blech.

        Thank God they woke up, finally.

        Mike Sherman obviously has hundreds of contacts in the NFL and College ball. And there are literally thousands of talented football players too small or whatever to make it in the NFL, sitting on their couches at home, waiting for the phone to ring.
        Hopefully Mike Sherman knows a talented young QB or five, who fell through the cracks and have a desire to play pro ball. Go get ’em Mike.


    • Jerry Richardson // January 3, 2018 at 6:20 pm //

      Wait. Why does he deserve better? I mean I’m no Kavis fan as you all know, but Calvillo has done nothing to improve the offense or the development of *any* QB in his time in Montreal. Some guys can play but have no idea how to coach. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Anthony Calvillo.

    • No.
      He really doesn’t.

  2. Paul Garner // January 3, 2018 at 5:04 pm //

    Timing is everything as they say and for Anhony he broke into Coaching when the Alouettes were on the downside of a great run. I mean, it happens to all teams and when they start to lose, the transitions start in an effort to stop the loses. Coaching changes, QB changes even atmosphere changes. It was definitely a slap in the face to begin his coaching career under these circumstances. The CIS jobs are great for Head Coaches. Not as much stress or pressure and if you can get the program winning, one can settle in for some security – if there even is such a thing in Coaching. I like Anthony Calvillo He seems like a very nice guy aside from football and I wish him the best.

    • Calvillo was the worst coach in the history of the franchise: and I was around for the dissolution of the 1st iteration of the Alouettes, aaaand the calamity that was the Concordes.

      Calvillo was primarily responsible for the fact that the Als never developed or held on to a replacement, and has been the one putrid apple in the organisation that has rotted everything else from within.

      Go, and never darken my towels again!

  3. There happens to be a vacant head coaching job in Montreal right now. Concordia University Stingers. Hmmmmmm

  4. Just when you think all the news in the world i horrible. Just when you’ve considered (for the umpteenth time) to take a break from a tea that never seems to get the message…

    …you get news that makes everything seem right.

  5. AC was a brilliant QB but he’s an enigma when it comes to describing him as a coach.

    My sense is that he hasn’t the passion for coaching nor the kind of leadership style that a HC or even decent OC needs to have to be successful.

  6. Tom calder // January 3, 2018 at 10:17 pm //

    I recall mark trestman saying recently that calvillo could be a great coach if he wanted that. Has he the burning desire?, unclear. On the other hand, who wouldn’t be disillusioned if you endured the circus act the alouettes have become.

  7. Concordia would be a great spot for Calvillo if he’s drawn to coaching. He has a lengthy residence/ family in Montreal and, would likely remain if this city should his academics and skill be appropriate. I have to wonder if he speaks French, which is a requirement to work in Montreal?

  8. RalphInTheCreek // January 4, 2018 at 7:23 am //

    Time put good for both parties.

  9. The great Ron Lancaster discovered he was not a coach after he retired. I think he went 1 and 15 first year as coach of the Riders. After he spent a few years in the broadcast booths he learned all aspects of the game and became a winner with Edmonton and Hamilton.

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