TORONTO — As the off-season continues, the front office and coaching staffs around the league have been a topic of discussion.
The Montreal Alouettes hired a new general manager and president while the Edmonton Eskimos announced their 2020 coaches, including Noel Thorpe as defensive coordinator.
Plus, if Nick Arbuckle will sign with the Ottawa REDBLACKS remains to be seen and with free agency looming, players are starting to ink new deals with their respective teams.
The latest news and notes from the off-season in this week’s Checking Down:
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– Offensive line coach Kelly Bates is looking to turn around the fortunes of a BC Lions offensive line that finished with the most sacks allowed in 2019 (Matt Baker, BCLions.com).
– Rick Campbell thought he might be out of football for a year when he left Ottawa, but the BC Lions came knocking (Chris O’Leary, CFL.ca).
– The Eskimos announced their 2020 coaching staff, that includes Noel Thorpe as defensive coordinator (CFL.ca).
– The Stampeders released defensive back DaShaun Amos on Wednesday to allow him to pursue an NFL opportunity (CFL.ca).
– From staying strong at linebacker to loading up on pass-catchers, CFL.ca’s Jamie Nye breaks down five off-season priorities for the Riders (Jamie Nye, CFL.ca).
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
– With three quarterbacks holding expiring contracts, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers face a pivotal decision as free agency looms (Pat Steinberg, CFL.ca).
– General manager Kyle Walters checks in with BlueBombers.com’s Ed Tait at the GM Meetings earlier this month to chat about the upcoming season (BlueBombers.com)
– Head coach Ryan Dinwiddie and the Argos are looking at the QBs they already have in house ahead of free agency next month (Chris O’Leary, CFL.ca).
– After acquiring his rights from the Stamps, the REDBLBACKS will try and sign Nick Arbuckle before he becomes a free agent in February and are scheduled to bring the QB to Ottawa next week (Tim Baines, Ottawa Sun).
– The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that they have hired Danny Maciocia as general manager and Mario Cecchini as president (CFL.ca).
– Following his hire with the Alouettes, CFL.ca’s Chris O’Leary chatted with the team’s new general manager Danny Maciocia (CFL.ca).
– Montreal Alouettes co-owner Gary Stern was candid and showed his personality in his introductory press conference as as CFL.ca’s Matthew Cauz writes, that’s a good thing (CFL.ca).
– After being announced as the president and general manager of the Als, Mario Cecchini and Danny Maciocia are looking to help push the team to new heights (Chris O’Leary, CFL.ca).
– Maciocia didn’t have much time to relax after he was announced as the Als’ new GM, getting right to work with free agency right around the corner (Herb Zurkowsky, Montreal Gazette).