TORONTO -- The 2013-14 off-season is going to be a hectic one.
With the addition of the 2013 Ottawa REDBLACKS Expansion Draft, general managers across the league will be hard at work over the next couple of weeks, in hopes of securing their best options for what’s going to be a historic day in the CFL.
For some teams, however, the Expansion Draft isn’t the only pressing item on their to-do lists.
As is the case in virtually every other off-season, coaching vacancies need to be filled both on a head and assistant level.
Here’s a look at each team’s sideline situation, along with which available coach might be a good fit.
BC Lions: After it was announced that Jacques Chapdelaine and Rich Stubler would not be returning to the team in 2014, the Lions are in the market for a new offensive and defensive coordinator.
And while nothing appears to be set in stone at the moment, News 1130 Sports in Vancouver has reported that the Lions have asked for permission to speak with Roughriders offensive coordinator George Cortez about the vacant OC spot. Meanwhile, Lowell Ullrich of the of the Vancouver Province believes it's possible that Paul LaPolice is a viable option as well, should he elect to leave his position at TSN.
The station has also said that BC head coach Mike Benevides has “5-6 names on his list.”
Have learned the #BCLions have asked permission to talk with George Cortez in Regina about vacant O-C job in Vancouver.— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) November 29, 2013
As for Stubler's old position, Ullrich states that defensive backs coach Mark Washington is expected to be named as his replacement.
Edmonton Eskimos: General Manager Ed Hervey was quick to replace Kavis Reed, needing just 24 days to hire Chris Jones as the team’s new head coach. Jones, known for his defensive prowess, has yet to comment on what his intentions are to fill up the remainder of his staff.
However, Gerry Moddejonge of the Edmonton Sun believes there are five names high up on Jones’ wish list. Among them are Craig Dickenson, Doug Berry, Stephen McAdoo, Jason Tucker and Jason Maas.
Montreal Alouettes: In Montreal, The Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsky believes that it’s still possible that Jim Popp returns as head coach. Zurkowsky has also stated that the Alouettes have approached Paul LaPolice to fill their offensive coordinator position.
I'm told #Als approached Paul LaPolice to become OC. Further proof Jim Popp returns as HC, at least for a year. Then promotes Noel Thorpe?— Herb Zurkowsky (@HerbZurkowsky1) November 26, 2013
Ottawa REDBLACKS: After being named head coach last week, it appears that Rick Campbell isn't wasting any time filling out his staff. According to Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald, the REDBLACKS are expected to name Stampeders offensive line coach Mike Gibson as their offensive coordinator.