Popp, Trestman put NFL opportunity aside for Mtl football biz

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 1/9/2013 11:12:00 AM

The Als' GM and Head Coach may have NFL possibilities in their immediate futures but they are still taking care of business for the Alouettes.

Montreal has hired recently-retired NFL lineman Chris Hovan to be their new D-line coach replacing former NFL Allpro Mike Sinclair who had been with the team since Trestman arrived in 2008 though the deal was not officially signed by late Wednesday morning.

Hovan is a former 1st round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings who also played for the Bucs during a 10-year career.

In 2011 Hovan launched his coaching career at the University of South Florida, the football program that recently produced such stars as Alouette receiver SJ Green.

Neither Popp nor Trestman have directly confirmed that they interviewed for jobs openings in Carolina (GM job vacancy), or in coach's case Chicago and Cleveland.

Alouette coaches and scouts are huddling this week in North Carolina (where Popp makes his home and Trestman spends his offseasons) then scatter to divy up scouting more Bowl games.

Trestman will be on hand, after returning from Ohio, where various NFL sources say he did interview for the job.   Trestman is a former Browns assistant, helping take them to an AFC championship game with then star Quarterback Bernie Kosar.

The coach's off-season "quarterback finishing school" has also helped groom the Browns' Brandon Weeden, the club's 1st round pick in 2012.

It is not known if Popp or Trestman will have followups to further impress the likes of the Panthers, Bears or Browns.

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