December 6, 2019

Coaches Rumour Mill: Dinwiddie has options in BC, Ottawa

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TORONTO — The 2019 season is now in the books and the spring to training camp in 2020 has begun.  A number of coaching changes have already occurred which means speculation is rampant.

The search for head coaches to fill vacant spots has now begun. Here is a look at some of the latest rumours and buzz surrounding who could end up patrolling a different sideline in 2020:

Dinwiddie has options

Calgary Stampeders assistant Ryan Dinwiddie will have an offensive coordinator position awaiting him in BC should he not get the head coaching post in Ottawa according to Farhan Lalji.

Chapdelaine one and done with Argos

Farhan Lalji of TSN is also reporting that Jacques Chapdelaine will not return as offensive coordinator in Toronto after one season.  Despite the Argos putting up big numbers in the passing game, there were struggles across the board on offence in 2019.

Benevides, LaPolice interview with REDBLACKS

Former BC Lions head coach Mike Benevides interviewed with the Ottawa REDBLACKS on Wednesday for their vacant head coaching position, sources told TSN’s Farhan Lalji, who added that Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive coordinator Paul LaPolice is interviewing for the position on Thursday.


Riders eyeing Maas for OC Vacancy

Former Edmonton Eskimos head coach Jason Maas is in Regina to interview for the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ vacant offensive coordinator position, sources told 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk.

Maas, Dinwiddie not on REDBLACKS’ radar

The Ottawa REDBLACKS aren’t considering former Edmonton Eskimos head coach Jason Maas or Calgary Stampeders quarterbacks coach Ryan Dinwiddie to be the second head coach in franchise history, according to TSN’s Dave Naylor.

A new leader in the Lions Den

The BC Lions have landed their man. The team named former Ottawa REDBLACKS HC Rick Campbell as the team’s new head coach on Monday.

Ticats assistants catching eye of REDBLACKS

Finishing first in the league at 15-3 will often draw interest from other teams in your assistant coaches and it seems like Tommy Condell and Mark Washington have done just that after a season with the Tiger-Cats.

Elizondo won’t be eligible for Esks job

Less than a year removed from his post as offensive coordinator in Ottawa, Jamie Elizondo will not be eligible for the head coaching job in Edmonton, denied by the XFL, according to Farhan Lalji.

Kilam to interview for Esks job?

According to Justin Dunk, longtime Calgary Stampeders Special Teams Coordinator Mark Kilam will interview for the vacant head coaching gig in Edmonton on Monday.

Lapolice on Lions, REDBLACKS radar

According to TSN’s Farhan Lalji the BC Lions and Ottawa REDBLACKS have both asked permission to speak with Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive coordinator Paul LaPolice about their vacant head coaching spots.

Speculation swirling after Maas fallout

With Edmonton moving on from Jason Maas, rumours have already begun about who the replacement could be.  TSN’s Dave Naylor has a pair of theories regarding some familiar faces who could make their way back to Commonwealth and how that could alter the search in BC.