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MONTREAL — According to multiple reports, Rich Stubler could be part of the Alouettes’ plans for their revamped coaching staff.
The Alouettes announced Wednesday morning that Head Coach Jacques Chapdelaine and Defensive Coordinator Noel Thorpe have been relieved of their duties. Kavis Reed will replace Chapdelaine on the Als’ sideline for the rest of the season, while Greg Quick will call the defence and Anthony Calvillo will take over offensive playcalling duties.
While Stubler’s name hasn’t been mentioned, officially, there are plenty of rumours surrounding the long-time CFL defensive coordinator:
Former Argos/Lions/Stamps/Eskimos DC Rich Stubler has been in Montreal the past few weeks. No surprise if he's part of what emerges today.
— David William Naylor (@TSNDaveNaylor) September 13, 2017
I can confirm Rich Stubler was in Montreal attended an Alouettes game several weeks ago.Stubler " I follow team and talk often to Kavis "
— SanchezDavis2 (@DavisSanchez) September 13, 2017
“It is well known that Kavis and Rich have a strong history,” Sanchez added. “Stubler gave Kavis his start in coaching. There are reports that they have been in contact and I can confirm that Stubler has been to Als games and has been in contact with Kavis.”
Stubler is a veteran of 29 CFL seasons and a five-time Grey Cup winner as a coach. In addition to three stints with the Argos, including two as the defensive coordinator, Stubler coached the Stampeders’ defence from 2014 to 2015, winning a Grey Cup in 2014.
Along with the major coaching shakeup, the Als also announced that more coaches will join the group ‘in the near future’.
The Alouettes have lost four straight contests and six of their last seven, and currently sit third in the slumping CFL East Division.
Chapdelaine was brought on as interim head coach during the 2016 season. He had the interim tag removed during the off-season by Reed.