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Alouettes Name Dan Hawkins Head Coach

MONTREAL -- Anthony Calvillo has done this before.

Seven times, actually.

Since first joining the Montreal Alouettes in 1998 as a backup quarterback, Calvillo has been forced to endure seven head coaching changes, witnessing both success and failure from his usual spot in the Als’ offensive backfield.

Names such as Dave Ritchie, Charlie Taaffe, Rod Rust, Jim Popp (twice), Don Matthews and Marc Trestman have all come and gone in Montreal, but the one thing that has remained consistent all these years has been the presence of Calvillo, who comes equipped with undying support for whoever is calling the shots on the sidelines at Percival-Molson Stadium.

Hawkins Lands in Montreal

A new chapter is set to begin in Montreal, as Dan Hawkins was introduced as the team's new head coach at a press conference on Tuesday.
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It’s for that reason that newly-appointed head coach Dan Hawkins should have very little trouble adjusting to life in La Belle Province.

“I’m all in,” said Calvillo.

“I’ve trusted Mr. Wetenhall and Jim Popp every time they’ve brought in a new head coach. And now it’s our turn as players to buy in to what (Dan Hawkins) is going to bring to the table and try not to compare it too much to what our last coach did,” he added.

On the surface, the comparisons between Hawkins and Marc Trestman seem few and far between. During his introductory press conference on Tuesday in downtown Montreal, Hawkins gave off the appearance of being an enthusiastic and vocal coach, while Trestman often displayed a rather reserved yet stern approach to the game.

“It’s night and day, especially from the media aspect,” Calvillo said.

“Every coach is different and you can see that Dan is definitely going to be different in terms of he talks to (the media) and how he addresses us in the locker room,” he added.

What matters most to Calvillo, however, is how Hawkins performs on the sidelines – not in front of reporters.

In the upcoming CFL season, the veteran pivot will turn 41 years old, which is why it’s hard to believe both he and Hawkins will be looking to re-invent the wheel.

“The one thing I’ve learned is that whatever the offensive coach brings in, I’m going to do my best and run it,” said Calvillo.

“When Marc Trestman was hired, he had some questions when he was developing the playbook about certain plays and I’m sure I’m going to get the same questions from our new coaching staff. I’ll give them my input, but I’m still a player, I want to be taught,” he added.

Taking on the role as Calvillo’s new ‘teacher’ will be Montreal’s new Offensive Coordinator Mike Miller, who arrives in Montreal following a seven-year stay with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, most recently serving as their offensive boss.

Miller takes over for Marcus Brady, who left Montreal for an opportunity to work under former Alouettes offensive coordinator turned Argos head coach Scott Milanovich, a man well known for taking Calvillo’s career to the next level.

The positive and constructive relationship between Calvillo and Milanovich played a massive role in the former’s increased production, which is why Calvillo believe it’s important to start developing a bond with Miller.

“That’s going to build up, it’s going to start today,” said Calvillo.

“I spoke to both Mike and Dan on the phone during the interview process and now it’s a matter of sitting down and working on the Xs and Os,” he continued.

“They’ve been around this business a long time, they know how to deal with quarterbacks and I know how to deal with coaches and I’m just looking forward to building that relationship.”

Miller is on the same page as his future Hall of Fame quarterback, knowing full well that success on offence in the CFL stems from the man throwing the ball.

“The thing that pulls it all together is the quarterback, so we’re fortunate to come into a situation where AC is here,” said Miller.

“The resume he’s put together is very impressive and from getting to talk to him already, you get the impression that he’s an even better person than he is a player and that says a lot,” he added.

Hawkins, Miller and Trestman better get to work fast on developing their rapport, as training camps across the CFL kick off in just over three months.

However, both Hawkins and Miller agreed that while they might be behind in their work compared to other coaching staffs in the league, they feel little to no pressure to find immediate success on the gridiron, especially in a market that has grown accustom to winning like Montreal.

“You feel pressure each week to do that regardless, it’s nothing I’m not accustomed to,” said Miller.

Hawkins agreed.

“No pressure…none.”

Fan Comments
als rule
notice how the only thing toronto can repeat is their cabbage and never a GC victory!! by the way where's ricky huntley? I thought he was signing a new contract with the argos? so what's the wait? or is he signing with another CFL team instead prehaps like LB ejiro kuale in montreal?!! LOL LOL LOL LOL
February 27, 2013 - 8:54pm
its so funny that the wind comes out of all your sails at the mention of your paltry playoff becomes radio silence from the als fans...LOL LOL LOL
February 25, 2013 - 8:04pm
als rule
your weekly comment harping about the als p/off record the last 2 years and each week I answer your comment by agreeing YES your correct the als p/off record of no wins over the last 2 years is right!! ZIP wins!! happy now? until next week when you make the same comment!! LOL LOL LOL
February 28, 2013 - 11:06am
wild horse
That's right, A.R. These are all serious players who can make this Als D what it was in 2009 = the best in the Country by far. Are we psyched for 2013!?? Manu13, I feel the same way (except *I don't blame Bratton), that's why the 100th Grey Cup Game was the biggest Dud in years. Calling the Larry Taylor Return back just proved what we all were thinking. But let it go. Think of those sizzling Argoburgers being grilled. Mmmmmmmmm
February 22, 2013 - 7:53pm
als rule
als sign DB eddie elder, DE kenny Iwebema and LB winston venable all to 2 year contracts!!
February 22, 2013 - 5:45pm
argofan4life31 i'm really scared
February 25, 2013 - 8:13pm
als rule
AF4L31 your finally letting out your real inner emotions!!
February 27, 2013 - 8:37pm
wild horse
Keep the Geritol coming!! A.C. can still do it, especially with the Team we will have around him. Don't get me wrong A.R., I'm rootin' for him. Happily we just signed three more serious dudes on D.
February 22, 2013 - 1:03pm
AF4L is a bit too cocky, when it comes down to it its the players on the field that will make the difference.. AC is much better than ricky ray, and our O-Line is a brick wall compared to T.O's! AF4L is forgetting that if it wasn't for chad owens getting the ball every second down, and brian bratton's butter fingers the 100th GC would b resting a little bit further east!!
February 22, 2013 - 12:30pm
ha as if buddy....time will tell...the beast from the east are in toronto....your pitiful als haven't won a playoff game in 3 yrs and who cares if you finish in first if you can't win the big games. If the als knew chad was going to catch the ball all should have been pretty easy to shut down,... but obviously the rest is history
February 25, 2013 - 8:12pm
als rule
THE BEASTS IN THE EAST STILL LIVE AND RULE FROM MONTREAL!! toronto is the GREAT PRETENDER: 1st place mouth with a last place finish in '13!! excuse me!! in 2010 montreal won their 2nd in a row GC!! will be extremely interesting to see what excuse the argo fan uses for there not winning a p/off game in '13?
February 27, 2013 - 8:47pm
wild horse
Thanks for your informed opinions, A.R. !!! After the Beasts of the East hire another good coach, there's bound to be a lot of "Nyah-nyah, nyah-nyah!!"
February 21, 2013 - 1:00pm
maybe they can make it 3 yrs in a row without a playoff win...LOL LOL LOL
February 21, 2013 - 10:04pm
als rule
or you can beat out hamilton for 3rd place in the east this season!! LOL LOL LOL
February 22, 2013 - 10:29am
als rule
sounds like a winning combination to everyone but AF4L31 & TFmcb!! NOT SURPRISED!! LOL LOL LOL
February 20, 2013 - 9:00pm
"everyone" is 2 Als fans?? #rd in the east and that's if Calvillo doesn't fall off....LOL LOL LOL
February 21, 2013 - 10:06pm
als rule
what you think your not in the basement this year with hamilton fighting it out? LOL LOL LOL
February 22, 2013 - 10:31am
wild horse
I used to like the Ti-Cats, but you are changing my opinion, TBMCB. If you read the news report, Als new coaching staff includes a large brain trust of Canadian football experience. Here's your key word - WAIT. Me? I don't want to wait. Start the season NOW!! Als will Rock and Roll!!!!
February 20, 2013 - 7:07pm
No pressure eh? Wait until they've lost a few while trying to figure out the nuances of the CFL game!!!
February 20, 2013 - 4:22pm
great comment...i think Bart Andrus said the same
February 20, 2013 - 7:54pm
als rule
and when will you learn the nuances of the CFL game? LOL LOL LOL
February 20, 2013 - 8:58pm
we aren't the ones with the terrible predictions every week that never come true!...LOL LOL LOL
February 21, 2013 - 7:50am