Alouettes look for jolt from coaching change; Redblacks seek win with Tate at QB
The Montreal Alouettes hope a mid-season coaching change will give them the jolt they need to get back in the CFL East Division playoff race.
General manager Kavis Reed will be running the show from the sidelines when the Alouettes play host to the Ottawa Redblacks on Sunday afternoon. Reed took over as coach after firing Jacques Chapdelaine and defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe on Wednesday.
“I hope it’s something in which we can find a way to build some strength and unity because we’re all we’ve got right now — we have to lean on each other,’’ Alouettes linebacker Kyries Hebert said. “We’re going to have to play hard, fast and physical.
“It can’t be based on Xs and Os because we won’t be able to put in an entire defence or any complicated things within a matter of days. But we’re going to show up and be ready to go.’’
A mid-season change worked for Hamilton, who were 0-8 when Kent Austin stepped aside and named June Jones as coach. Since then, the TigerCats have won two in a row, including a 26-22 win in Ottawa last week.
The results tightened the weak East standings such that Ottawa leads with only nine points, one more than Toronto, three more than Montreal and five more than Hamilton. Only the top two are sure to make the playoffs, but the division remains wide open.