Als follow Trestman formula for new Head Coach
If the Alouettes have hired former US college coach Dan Hawkins to be their new head coach, as the Gazette's Herb Zurkowsky is reporting, it means GM Jim Popp is following the "Trestman Method" again.
Hawkins, the former Boise State and Colorado coach, was discreetly "exposed" to the CFL last spring at an Alouettes' spring mini-camp in North Carolina.
Back in 2007, an under-the-radar former NFL and college assistant named Marc Trestman was invited to spend a few days as a guest coach at camp and addressed the team. A year later, the passing game guru who was then a consultant for the New Orleans Saints was hired by the Alouettes.
Hawkins considered Montreal "a dream opportunity" according to sources close to him, and has had other coaching offers in US college ranks in the past two years.
The departure of Trestman for the NFL's Chicago Bears marks the first time an Als' head coach has jumped directly to a similar NFL job since the departure of the iconic Marv Levy, a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
The Als' job vacancy attraced unprecedented interest from even current NFL assistant coaches, including 3 candidates who joined the process this week---a combined total of more than 50 years NFL experience just among that trio.
Curiously, another head coaching candidate Mike Miler, recently with the Arizona Cardinals, is reported to be taking the offensive coordinator's job and joining Hawkins' staff.
Check out this classic "Coach Hawk" moment: