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MONTREAL — Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp and head coach Marc Trestman Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp and head coach Marc Trestman announced on Tuesday that defensive coordinator Jeff Reinebold will not be back with the team in 2013
The club indicated that it will not extend his contract, which expires at the end of the year, for next season.
Under Reinebold’s watch, the Als allowed 489 points for an average of 27.2 points-per-game, the best total in the East Division.
Despite the Alouettes finishing first in the East Division, the team struggled on defence and gave up 30 or more points in its first four games, and conceded more than 40 points twice after that.
Reinebold’s rookie year on the job wasn’t made any easier by a secondary that was ravaged by injuries. Moton Hopkins didn’t play at all, while fellow defensive tackles J.P. Bekasiak and Ventrel Jenkins went down during the season.
Defensive end John Bowman also missed a large part of the season.
The Alouettes were eliminated in the Eastern Final by eventual Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts.
Reinebold was a former head coach in Winnipeg. He was hired by the Bombers in 1997 and fired late the following season after compiling a 6-26 record.
The Als were middle of the pack in most defensive categories. The unit racked up 16 interceptions which was fifth best in the league and picked up 42 sacks which was fourth best.
However, they did struggle against the pass, allowing 33 touchdowns through the air – the second worst total in the league.
More to come…