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Jim Popp to stay head coach in Montreal

Following Montreal’s 30-24 overtime loss to Saskatchewan to close the regular season, the Alouettes were quick to announce that Jim Popp would be staying on as head coach.

There goes one candidate for the jobs in Saskatchewan…

Popp has been the general manager in Montreal since the team’s inception in 1996 but, while he’s helped bring three Grey Cup championships to Montreal, he’s been underwhelming as the head man on the sidelines over his tenure with a record of 19-27. This year marks the end of the Alouettes’ streak of 19 years in the playoffs, too.



All three coordinators returning in Montreal can be seen as a positive thing: It’s been nothing but a revolving door since Popp lost Marc Trestman to the NFL and Anthony Calvillo to retirement. We had the Dan Hawkins experiment in 2013 that lasted five games and then the Tom Higgins era which didn’t even last a season and a half.

Jim Popp needs a winning season in 2016 if he intends on staying with the Alouettes much longer…

– written by Travis Currah