General Manager: Jim Popp (16th season)
Head Coach: Marc Trestman (4th season)
Offensive Coordinator: Scott Milanovich | Defensive Coordinator: Tim Tibesar
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LAST YEAR: 12-6 - 1st IN EAST DIVISION - WON GREY CUP
Montreal entered 2010 as the favourites in the East once again. Questions about whether Anthony Calvillo could continue to excel as a 38-year-old were quickly answered; the 17-year veteran was the East Division's finalist for the Most Outstanding Player award. It was more of the same for Calvillo and the Als in the post-season, as they cruised past the Argonauts in the East semifinal before defeating the Roughriders in the Grey Cup for the second year in a row. And this time, a second chance at a last-second field goal wasn't needed to seal the win.
Kickers: Looking to replace free agent Damon Duval, the Als acquired former Lions kicker Sean Whyte on draft day. Less than a month later, they also signed former all-star Sandro DeAngelis, coming off a down year with Hamilton. It’s unclear whether Whyte will once again “apprentice” like he did in BC or if one of these kickers will simply be a camp leg in Montreal.
Dwight Anderson, CB: The Als strengthened an already strong secondary – which includes East all-stars Mark Estelle and Jerald Brown – with the signing of league all-star Anderson. Voted the league’s top ‘trash-talker’ last year, Anderson backed up his talk with five interceptions, third in the CFL last year.
Other Notable Acquisitions: Yvenson Bernard, RB; DeAndra' Cobb, RB; Prechae Rodriguez, WR; Tad Crawford, S
Ben Cahoon, SB: A sure-fire Hall of Famer, Cahoon will be missed for both his leadership and production on the field. Cahoon retired this past off-season as the league’s all-time leading receiver, with 1,017 receptions for 13,301 yards and 65 touchdowns. The two-time Most Outstanding Canadian spent his entire 13-year career with the Als where he won three Grey Cups.
Avon Cobourne, RB: Deemed too expensive, the Als let the Cobourne walk in free agency. The 32-year-old spent the past five years in Montreal as a dual threat; he finished last year with 956 rushing yards and 556 receiving yards. Cobourne seemed to elevate his game in the playoffs. He helped the Als win the last two Grey Cups and was named Grey Cup MVP in 2009.
Other Notable Departures: Damon Duval, K; Paul Lambert, C; Matthieu Proulx, S
THE EXPERTS WEIGH IN
Chris Shultz's Team Overview: Marc Trestman's ability to concentrate, to live in the present, and most significantly, to pass that quality on to his players sets the tone for the Alouettes' success. He says it all the time and the players believe it all the time: last year has no significance to this year. Every year is a new year in Montreal. More...
Matt Dunigan's Quarterback Analysis: Anthony Calvillo is healthy and poised to take a run at the unthinkable. That is surpassing the incredible number of 72,381 passing yards put up by the legendary Damon Allen. Hard to fathom! He needs 4,221 to do so, and that is certainly doable. More...
Duane Forde's Canadian Content: Middle linebacker Shea Emry qualifies as a ratio buster, while offensive tackle Josh Bourke and guard Scott Flory rank among the CFL’s best linemen. After bouncing between the offensive and defensive lines in Hamilton, J.P. Bekasiak appears to have found a home at defensive tackle in Montreal. More...
The Alouettes made a couple of bold selections that could eventually pay off or end up costing the team. Montreal selected OL Philip Blake in the third, a highly rated talent, but one that may never play in the CFL because he has the aspirations, and very possibly the talent, to play in the NFL. And in the fifth-round, the Als took former Western Ontario defensive lineman Vaughn Martin, who has more than enough skill to play in the CFL, but is currently a member of the NFL’s San Diego Chargers.
2010 Team Statistics