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Then there was the Michael Sam affair, which created plenty of headlines for the organization but, according to reports, caused plenty of conflict as well. The Gazette Herb Zurkowsky and RDS Didier Ormejuste both reported Sam, pro football first openly gay player, wasn well liked for what his teammates felt was preferential treatment he was getting. Sam received a six figure salary despite not having football credentials, and he was allowed to leave the team during training camp for personal reasons. He was inserted into the lineup after his return, and he played one game before quitting again, citing a concern for his mental health.
Popp, the franchise general manager since 1996, will take over as head coach for the fourth time in franchise history, and it will be the third time he has done it after a victory. Higgins joins Rod Rust, Don Matthews and Dan Hawkins as coaches whom Popp has replaced mid season.
Now it Popp mess to clean up, although he hasn had much success as the team sideline boss. Popp has a record of 16 20 over one full season and three partial campaigns, and his playoff mark is 1 4, including three East semifinal setbacks.
Not even Tom Higgins, whom Wetenhall, the longtime Montreal Alouettes owner, fired as head coach of his team fewer than 24 hours after he got a Gatorade bath for ending the franchise 15 year winless skid at BC Place.
have made this change as we believe it is in the best interest of our team, and especially our fans, Wetenhall said in a press release. all wish to express to Tom our affection and respect, as well as our appreciation for the contributions he has made to the franchise. Popp Higgins relationship was never going to be a strong one, because Popp was hoping to get the head coaching gig himself when Wetenhall went ahead and hired the former head of CFL officiating in February 2014. When the GM doesn hire the head coach, rarely does anything good come of it.
power struggle ends, I guess, one CFL insider said Friday. Lions, their first win at BC Place since Aug. 31, 2000. Even though it was a solid comeback road win, there has probably been too much drama in the Alouettes locker room this season and it might have played a role in Higgins demise.
Last season, the Alouettes started with a 1 7 mark under Higgins, but he guided a remarkable turnaround that resulted in Montreal finishing in second place in the East Division with a 9 9 record. Last November, just before the Alouettes lost to the eventual Grey Cup finalist Hamilton Tiger Cats in the East final, Higgins players spoke glowingly of his coaching style.
Defensive end John Bowman has been a healthy scratch the past two games and has been sending out passive aggressive messages on Twitter since. When the Alouettes said in their pre game huddle Cheap Men Canada Goose Banff Parka Navy Nz last week they wanted to win for Bowman, it was a strong indication the players weren happy with the decision to bench the sack master.
been up front about what he expected from us as players, about what his philosophy was as a coach, the way he was going to run things, safety Marc Olivier Brouillette said. what great is he remained the same when we were 1 7 and then when we finished the season 8 2. For a football team to have a solid cornerstone like that, a leader like that, it been great for us. left tackle Josh Bourke: a very smart man. He probably admit he kind of corny, but that OK. We don mind that. What you see is what you get. He not going to play any games. He very up front, a smart coach and one we enjoy playing for. that changed this year with all the conflicts, or they going to have to get used to feeling that way playing for Popp.
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If that wasn enough of a circus for Higgins to have to deal with, the fact he has been using essentially his fifth string quarterback, Rakeem Cato, since Week 2 made it even tougher for the man affectionately known as Ned Flanders. Starter Jonathan Crompton and Dan LeFevour both suffered severe shoulder injuries in Week 1, and Tanner Marsh, who would have fit somewhere in the top three, got hurt in training camp and returned only recently. Also, Canadian pivot Brandon Bridge started the season higher than Cato on Montreal depth chart but now serves as the third stringer.
It quite clear Bob Wetenhall and Jim Popp are in this for the long haul, and no one will come between them.