Former 49ers coach no go, former Alouette in running for HC job
Alouette GM Jim Popp has said his next head coach had better have passing game prowess or be able complete some passes to assistants who do. That is not stopping the Als from looking at a former defensive back who is been coaching with the BC Lions on the other side of the ball.
Mark Washington is a charismatic up-and-comer with head-coaching ambitions and he leads the "next wave" of the interview process for the next 48 hours in Florida as Popp and owner Robert Wetenhall look to replace Marc Trestman.
One man who will not be interviewing for the job---Kurt Schottenheimer, a longtime former NFL assistant who coached with his brother Marty in the now defunct United Football League after their most recent NFL opportunities.
NFL sources tell CJAD as many as 4 other candidates for the Als' job have already accepted new NFL posts.
If Montreal wants another Trestman-esque candidate, offensive lineman Andrew Woodruff suggests his former college coach Dan Hawkins "reminds me of Marc."
"In the way he connects with guys, that it's about more than just football," says Woodruff in a phone call from Idaho, where he played at Boise State under "Coach Hawk."
"He makes the locker room a family."
"Then last year I was surprised to see him at our Spring meetings (directed by Trestman in Raleigh, North Carolina before training camp) and I was happy to have him back."
"I'm not surprised to see him (Hawkins) in the mix. I hope he gets great consideration. His pre-game speaches were fired up. Everything he did was thought out."