December 14, 2017

Report: Washington out of the mix for Als’ coaching job

MONTREAL — It appears the Montreal Alouettes’ coaching search has taken another turn.

According to a report by TSN’s Dave Naylor, BC Lions defensive coordinator Mark Washington — rumoured to be a favourite for the position — has taken himself out of the running for the Alouettes’ head coaching job.

Naylor tweeted the report on Thursday morning:

The report appears to leave Toronto Argonauts receivers coach Tommy Condell as one lead candidate for the job, while, according to Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette, either Oscar Giles or Kerwin Bell could also be in the mix.

Washington would be the third defensive coordinator to withdraw his name from consideration, joining the Argos’ Corey Chamblin and the Stamps’ DeVone Claybrooks as those also rumoured to turn down the opportunity.

Kavis Reed announced back in the summer his intention to hire a new head coach this off-season. The Alouettes’ general manager dismissed Jacques Chapdelaine as head coach mid-season and took over the sideline himself on an interim basis.

The Alouettes finished last in the East with a 3-15 record in 2017, the worst in the CFL.