How the 2015 season played out:
The Montreal Alouettes took the term “Quarterback Carousel” to a new meaning last season. Montreal started the season with Jonathan Crompton at quarterback, who finally looked to be coming into his own as the replacement at QB for the legendary Anthony Calvillo. However, Crompton was injured during Game 1 of the season, sending them on a QB ride they will never forget.
After Crompton went down, the team then turned to back-up quarterback Dan Lefevour, who had just freshly signed in the summer. He also went down with an injury in the same game. Left reeling at QB, the Alouettes turned to Brandon Bridge – one of the few Canadian QB’s in the CFL – but he could not lead them to victory in that game. The Alouettes opted to go with Rakeem Cato for most of the season.
3-4 after nine weeks, so the team went in a different direction by firing Tom Higgins and replaced him with legendary CFL general manager Jim Popp. After all this the Alouettes went 5-6 through 13 weeks but only managed one more win the rest of the way, which was greatly down to their banged up offense. The team ended up missing the playoffs, but due to BC having a lackluster season of their own, the team was still in the mix for the crossover playoff spot.
Additions and Subtractions
The biggest addition of the off-season for Montreal was bringing back Duron Carter, son of NFL hall-of-famer Chris Carter. He is a productive and highly skilled wide receiver who spent last season with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. He will be welcomed back with open arms to help one of the league’s worst offenses of last year.
The Alouettes added cornerback Jovon Johnson as a key depth addition to a defense that was middle of the league last year, coming in a fourth in the rankings.
Tom Higgins only really got one good year in, and was victim to key injuries and poor play which ultimately led to his dismissal as head coach on August 21, 2016.
Quarterback Dan Lefevour never really got a chance with the injury he sustained, and left to sign with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 19, 2016.
2016 Season Thoughts
With the way that things have gone recently, the days of when Anthony Calvillo was slinging passes and winning Grey Cups almost seems long gone for Alouette fans. Many QB’s have come and gone, but Jonathan Crompton looked to be establishing himself before getting injured this past season. Can he return to the form that got the Alouettes to the Eastern Final in 2014? Or will another one of Montreal’s young quarterbacks come up and try to steal the starting position?
With Anthony Calvillo as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach now, whoever fills the role will be learning from one of the best as they try to turn around what was an offense that placed second last in the league. Jim Popp to the rescue, once again, for the Alouettes and only time will tell to see if they can compete in the East with the likes of Hamilton, Toronto and surprise defending Eastern Division Champions, Ottawa.