Popp fires Trestman’s replacement, hires himself

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Maybe Jim Popp realizes that the path to the NFL comes from coaching the Montreal Alouettes, not from serving as their G.M.

The veteran CFL personnel executive, who was considered in 2012 for the Colts G.M. position and again in 2013 for the Jets and Panthers G.M. jobs, has fired Marc Trestman’s replacement in Montreal after only five games.

And Popp has made himself the coach.

According to CBC Sports, former Colorado coach Dan Hawkins is out and Popp is in.  As our unofficial CFL correspondent Mike Wilkening advises, the Als had been struggling on offense — and they also recently blew a 24-0 first-quarter lead in one of their three losses on the season.

“Jim is the person most responsible for the success we have had over all these years,” Alouettes owner Bob Wetenhall said.  “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.”

Trestman coached the Alouettes for five years before becoming head coach of the Bears.

A North Carolina native who played receiver and defensive back at Michigan State, Popp has worked in the CFL for more than 20 years.  He started with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1992 as receivers coach and director of player personnel.  He later served as G.M. of the Baltimore Stallions (yes, at one point the CFL expanded into the United States) before landing with the Alouettes in 1996 as General Manager.

It’s not Popp’s first tour as coach of the Alouettes.  He did it before in 2001, and in 2006-07.

Still only 48 (that sounds young when the person making the observation is also 48), Popp is firmly on the NFL’s radar screen.  Though he may not be destined to be a coach in the NFL, the extra exposure won’t hurt his cause for an eventual G.M. position.

It’ll also help if Trestman ends up succeeding in Chicago.

20 responses to “Popp fires Trestman’s replacement, hires himself

  1. About time he got canned. I watched every Alouettes game and poor Hawkins looked both lost and completely overwhelmed.

    Still, I have no idea why they hired this guy in the first place. His record may be at 50 games above .500 but he was 16-33 in his last coaching stint.

  2. Well if he does a poor job this won’t be an example of good exposure. But nice to see a GM that knows how to hold people accountable and take responsibility for his own job accountability by doing the job himself to make sure it’s done right. Most NFL GM’s that fail and hire people that fail have no clue or plan on how to solve that problem, and this can definitely bode well for Popp since the NFL desperately needs some more genuinely good “football men” to serve as the GMs.

  3. Dan Hawkins single-handedly ran our CU program to the ground. He was nothing less than the absolute worst. He started his son for 3 years, who SUCKED, and we quickly went from a top 25 to a joke when we changed from Barnett to Hawkins. Ask a Buffs fan their thoughts on Hawkins

  4. I hate to say it (actually love to watch it happen) but Jerrah Jones has a new idea in his head and Jason Garrett just updated his resume! Let the train wreck begin!

  5. Well this is PRO football talk, so it’s a bit refrteshing to hear some Canadian football news for a change.

  6. You know that sang “Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make?”

    Why, oh why, did Hawkins ever leave Boise State? He could have been rolling in $$$ and fame by now.

  7. As the GM, Popp can now also make himself a player, sign himself to a contract big enough to let him buy the team, then we can have a repeat of Michael Jordan’s Wizards, because we all know that having one individual as player, coach, GM, and owner works really, really well. How could it possibly go wrong?

  8. thestrategyexpert says:
    Aug 1, 2013 10:49 AM
    Well if he does a poor job this won’t be an example of good exposure. But nice to see a GM that knows how to hold people accountable and take responsibility for his own job accountability by doing the job himself to make sure it’s done right.
    Well, I suppose that’s one way to look at it. A more jaded way to look at it is that this is Ted Turner II. Hope it works out for him and them. Now that the CFL is on NBCSN I do watch it from time to time. It’s tough to get used to that legal forward motion and huge field though.

  9. jgedgar70:

    Well yeah because if he fails the critics will totally blast the decision to fire the coach and do the job himself. He could be branded as a nutjob if it was a total failure.

    I don’t know much about him personally to even have an opinion if he would naturally be a good GM or Coach, but I like the attitude and the personality that I see from a GM perspective, because in the NFL we get only people who can’t admit failure, can’t even identify what failure is, and won’t undo their own bad decisions to save face even if it’s what the team really needs. So talented otherwise or not, the NFL has 32 openings for a fantastic GM because not one currently exists and that’s horrible.

    If there were 32 high performance GMs that also focus on getting the job done and holding people accountable, then this would be an insanely crazy sport of competition and it would be something truly amazing and special. These teams need to get a clue and start hiring “football men that are winners”. And throw out all of the trash that isn’t a world-class elite football mind.

  10. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 3:51 PM
    Phil Emery will follow his lead shortly.


    I’d be more worried about Capers, Filthy.

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