Bowman on new coach: "Seems like a good dude"
The Montreal Alouettes have signed veteran import defensive end John Bowman to a new three-year deal with the team.
The 30 year old finished tied for the Alouettes team lead alongside teammate Shea Emry last season with seven sacks in only 15 games, and says it feels good to be back.
“It feels good to know that you’re wanted. I’m getting up there in age but to know that I still have some value in a place and hopefully I can spend ten solid years here, i’ll be happy.”
Since first signing with Montreal in 2006, the two-time Grey Cup champion and three-time East Division All-Star has recorded over 30 defensive tackles in five consecutive seasons, starting from 2008, coincidentally or not, which were all under the Marc Trestman regime.
And although Trestman left this off season to go coach the NFL's Chicago Bears, Bowman has met new Als coach Dan Hawkins, and looks forward to more success in the future.
“Seems like a good dude, but football is played not on paper so we’ll see what kind of game plan he has. And from what I hear, it’s a good game plan. We’ll see how it looks when all the pieces come together and run it. But i’m as excited as I was in 2008 when Bob (Wettenhall) and Jim Popp hired Trestman.”
There is a small chance that at some point 40-year-old quarterback Anthony Calvillo’s age might actually catch up to him, but Bowman can’t imagine playing with anyone else at pivot.
“I really can’t. I’ve been here for seven years, he’s been the quarterback every year, and he’s a great teammate great leader. People say is he over the hill people ready for him to go. The guy gives us a chance to win each and every game.