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Montreal Alouettes fire Marc Trestman’s replacement five games into season
It looks like Marc Trestman is hard to replace. The Montreal Alouettes, the team Trestman led to three Grey Cup appearances in five years, have fired the coach who replaced Trestman when he left to take over the Bears.
Dan Hawkins was fired Thursday as head coach just five games into their season. Alouettes general manager Jim Popp, who hired Trestman in 2008, will now coach the team.
The Alouettes have struggled since Trestman’s departure. They are currently 2-3, but their woes on offense were apparent with the once high-scoring team putting up point totals of 11 and 14 in consecutive losses. Star quarterback Anthony Calvillo, who flourished under Trestman, currently has a 79.5 passer rating.
“I haven’t followed it closely, but I’ve certainly followed it,” Trestman said. “I know Dan very well. He’s a friend of mine. We had him in Raleigh when we worked with our staff during the offseason [with the Alouettes].
“I’m disappointed for Dan and trust that Jim Popp will do what’s in the best interests of his team. I don’t know the whole story so I can’t comment any further than that. I just wish the Alouettes well. I love the players there, they’re family and they’re 2-3 and in [second] place … so we’ll see what happens over the course of the season.”
It’s clear that expectations were still high for the Alouettes even with Trestman gone.
“Jim is the person most responsible for the success we have had over all these years,” Montreal owner Bob Wetenhall said in a statement. “I feel confident that he is the best person to coach our team at this time and I am very appreciative of him being willing to make this additional contribution to our franchise. He has the respect of our players as well as mine.”