Okay, try and follow the bouncing bodies.
Chris Jones leaves the Calgary Stampeders to join the Toronto Argonauts, who have already hired Scott Milanovich as their head coach but have chosen not to announce it. Not yet at least.
Milanovich, once the Montreal Alouettes’ offensive co-ordinator, is apparently taking receivers coach Marcus Brady with him to Toronto. The Alouettes’ response? Radio silence.
Meanwhile, on the same Wednesday that saw the Winnipeg Blue Bombers fire Jamie Barresi as offensive co-ordinator, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats gave head coach Marcel Bellefeuille the boot. At least both those announcements were deserving and confirmed.
If you sift through the CFL’s human carnage over the last 48 hours, it’s possible the big winner in all this is Corey Chamblin, the Ticats’ highly-coveted defensive co-ordinator. Maybe he gets a chance to stay in Steeltown and become the head coach. Maybe that happens because the Saskatchewan Roughriders have already talked to Chamblin and are eager to make him their new head coach.
What is certain is that there are suddenly a slew of coaching jobs in the CFL, and as soon as Wally Buono decides his fate (whether to stay on the sidelines or concentrate solely on being the GM) we could see another change announced, with Mike Benevides moving up from his defensive coordinators’ position.
It’s that time of year, of course; a time for teams and coaches to divest themselves of one another. But the most disturbing development of all came from Calgary, where head coach John Hufnagel said he did not get a call from Toronto asking for permission to talk to Jones about coming East. That simply doesn’t follow football protocol.
Not talking about anything while bodies are flying over head? Sadly, that is very much in keeping with the gridiron mindset.