The Montreal Alouettes fired coach Dan Hawkins today. Not too much more to add beyond my July 13 post on the matter, except that the Als were wise making the move now. Even though Montreal (barely) won its previous Canadian Football League game, better now than letting an obvious square peg, round hole situation persist.
Expect general manager Jim Popp, who is taking over for the time being, to revert to former coach Marc Trestman's offensive scheme or something close to it (and even though few assistant coaches remain from Trestman's staff, one would expect quarterback Anthony Calvillo could essentially be a player-coach).
It was mentioned on the TSN broadcast of what turned out to be Hawkins' last game with the Als - a 32-27 win over the Edmonton Eskimos last week - that he initially went with Trestman's old playbook but then started tinkering. It's something Jack Todd also touched on in his Montreal Gazette column today.
Which is fine; every new coach/leader wants to put his own stamp on things - but one just better be certain the new way is at least as good and productive as the previous system. This one clearly wasn't, even though before that win over Edmonton Calvillo reportedly told TSN it was time for the players to buy in to the new scenario on all fronts and just play ball.
They did win the game, but it certainly was not reminiscent of the sterling Alouette offensive performances of Trestman's time.
Popp will either finish out the season or soon bring in a new full time head coach who understands Canadian football. Combined with defensive and special teams units that are actually performing better so far than in the last two years of the Trestman regime, and the Alouettes - just two points from first place with a big early-season matchup against the Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts looming next week - may yet more than simply just salvage their season.