Alouette General Manager Danny Maciocia Unloaded the ax on head coach Kari Jones mid-season Hoping to turn his team’s fortunes around.
TSN Panelist Matt Dunigan Hall of Fame Quarterback and CFL Join Shaun Starr on The Morning Show on TSN 690 After the Alouettes lost to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday night. He didn’t mince words when it came to his opinion of the coaching change three weeks ago.
“I’m not going to guess Danny. He’s there every day. I don’t like how Kari is treated. I thought it was a witch hunt just to make a change.” [defensive coordinator] Baron Miles got promoted and kicked out of Noel Thorpe’s job,” Dunnigan said bluntly.
“Look, Danny and Noel are also quality coaches, but I don’t see the difference. I think that team could be in turmoil right now, and it’s hard to lose against one of their rivals.
Jones led the Alouettes to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons as head coach, but was not hired by Maciosia, who joined the organization a year later. After a 1-3 start to the 2022 season, they made the inevitable move to fire him. Claim team discipline is a problem.
Montreal are 1-2 since Maciosia Setting aside himself and his best friend, Thorpe. Teams will receive heavier penalties after the transition. Dunnigan doesn’t believe the change has added momentum to the football team.
“To answer your question, I don’t see a difference. I think this team is still struggling and asking some pretty tough questions,” he said. “What’s going on? I think they’re like deer in the headlights now.”
One of those questions is how to handle the quarterback situation, the first part of many disputes between Maciosia and Jones. His boss has always been a fan of veteran Trevor Harris. But the former coach has endorsed Mobile’s Vernon Adams Jr. as the face of the franchise heading into the season.
Harris took the reins in Week 2 Playing good since then, but Adams Jr. is making big bucks to get on the bench – Rumors of a potential deal are still swirling. Dunigan is a fan of both Harris’ “death by 1000 cuts” style of play and Adams Jr.’s more evocative skill set, but can’t seem to figure out how Montreal handled their pivot .
“As far as quarterbacks go, I don’t know what’s going on over there. It’s been a bit of a disappointment since day one,” admitted Dunigan. “Even when Khali was there, he kept Vernon on the sidelines the last few weeks. Vernon was in one of his games. [Thursday], he had no clothes on. He’s not in the lineup at the moment, so he can’t answer that question honestly. “
All signs point to Harris having survived the season under center, but he was unable to wrap up the team’s final loss against the Tikats — Adams Jr. also missed the game due to injury.
CFL neutral concussion spotter pulled Harris for final play of contest Third stringer Dominic Davis was forced into the game-deciding throw in the end zone after he took a late hit from safety Stavros Kasantonis. That path was eventually intercepted.
Harris expressed dissatisfaction with the official’s decision Although asked to rule him out of action after the game, Dunnigan, who has been vocal about his head injury experience, believes the right decision was made on the field. He said he would have acted differently from Harris at that moment.
“I would have bounced. I wouldn’t have been lying on the ground,” said Dunigan. “I want to be in today’s game. If you’ve been lying there, you’ll know it’s very likely to be the result. Then you’ll be the center of attention. And three plays.” I have to leave the field for
“I’m not saying Trevor isn’t tough. He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever played in a game, but I think he was weak in that situation. And they Did they have to do what they had to do.. Was it hard to see? And they got it right.”
The injury spotter’s whim is far from Montreal’s biggest worry right now, as they’re looking down the barrel of back-to-back games against the undefeated Winnipeg Blue Bombers. , with the door open to a playoff turnaround.
“Sledding is hard for this soccer team right now,” Dunnigan said. “But there is no rest for the weary, it is certain.”