There is a coaching vacancy with the Calgary Stampeders, but there isn’t a ‘Help Wanted’ sign at team headquarters.
With the knowledge Corey Chamblin became a hot commodity around the CFL this off-season, the Stamps GM-head coach has already found the replacement for his departed defensive backs coach.
Hufnagel is in Florida, where he expects to meet with the new assistant coach and hammer out a contract Saturday. He should put the finishing touches on the deal and make an announcement next week.
Because a deal isn’t done yet, Hufnagel declined to reveal who will take over for Chamblin, who left the Stamps to become defensive co-ordinator of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
“He has a bit of CFL experience but right now he’s located in the south,” Hufnagel said.
For three years, Chamblin did an admirable job managing egos and unique personalities with the Stamps’ secondary.
Over the past month, the former NFL defensive back was shortlisted for the head-coaching job with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and also interviewed for the vacant defensive co-ordinator position with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
He chose the Ticats after building quite a resume with the Stamps — one that includes the 2008 Grey Cup win.
“He was able to adapt,” Hufnagel said about Chamblin’s ability to work with the likes
of Brandon Browner and Dwight Anderson.
“He understood the players do have different personalities ... You have to find the keys to get the best out of them.”
Anderson and Browner are pending free agents Feb. 15, but Hufnagel isn’t worried they will follow their position coach to Hamilton.
Chamblin takes over coaching the defensive backs with the Ticats as well as overseeing the defence.
“They are free agents, but they don’t need Corey Chamblin to tell the Hamilton Tiger-Cats they are excellent players,” Hufnagel said. “I’m not concerned about that.”