The Man who could have been Coach
Jacques Chapdelaine admits he was "very interested." Yet he withdraw from the Alouettes interview process before Jim Popp and Robert Wetenhall landed on the ill-fated Dan Hawkins.
Why pull out without an interview, the coaching equivalent of giving up on the fight for a head coaching dream job?
"Out of fairness to the Lions, to the experienced CFL coaches who would have come with me to Montreal and to the Alouettes," Jacques Chapdelaine tells me while a downpour soaks the Lions and Alouettes warming up before kickoff of Josh Neiswander's first career start.
CJAD 800 had reported during the hiring process that Chapdelaine had withdrawn, while fellow Lions assistant Mark Washington (a former Alouettes player and married to a Montrealer) went ahead and impressed the Als' owner and GM.
Chapdelaine says the Als initially told him to forge his plan, then told him he would NOT be granted an interview. Two weeks later the former Laval Rouge et Or coach and CFL veteran was told he WOULD get a Florida meeting session.
By that point Chapdelaine says commitments had already been made and some of his would-be Alouette staff had to move on.
Chapdelaine feels he would have been an ideal candidate to evolve the Trestman "Air Calvillo" offense having studied it for the 5 years AC and Marc Trestman were together.