It certainly looks like professional Canadian football teams are favouring NFL coaches as the Montreal Alouettes became the latest football pro team to hire Mike Sherman as their head coach. The Alouettes have followed the trend set by Hamilton and Toronto who have also brought on NFL coaches to head their football teams.
Sherman has a good record as an NFL coach and was instrumental in helping the Green Bay Packers during Brett Favre’s time to win three divisional titles. Montreal Alouettes have had a horrible season and ended up with a 3-15 record in the Canadian Football league.
They had a poor showing under defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe and head coach Jacques Chapdelaine and had a 3-8 record. The Alouettes terminated the contracts of both individuals in September and general manager Kavis Reed took on the responsibility of an interim head coach and the Alouettes performed even worse under his leadership registering a 0-7 record.
Reed announced that he wanted to step down as interim coach at the end of the season. The Alouttes went through a detailed recruitment process as a number of candidates were considered for the role of head coach. In the end, Sherman emerged as the best possible candidate to take the team forward and the Alouttes were happy to bring him on board. The owners interviewed 15 candidates and chose Sherman due to his overall experience along with the vision he mapped out for the Alouttes. These were the key factors in helping the owners make their decision.
The 63 year will now have his task cut out as he will have to address and sort out the number of problems that has surfaced for the Alouttes during the last 24 months. Sherman will be able to take a few cues from his NFL colleagues who have recently joined Canadian Football franchises. Sherman’s immediate tasks will be to decide which players he needs to cut and which players he wants to bring on board for the next season.
In a statement, Sherman said
We're here to build, to put a football team on the field that you all can be proud of and that represents this city the way it should be represented. It's going to take some work. It's not going to happen immediately. If we're all willing to roll up our sleeves and get to work, step by step, we will get there