Players back Als coach

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

Don Matthews should be coaching in Ottawa, because he's a true renegade.

The Montreal Alouettes coach, who never spends too much time out of the headlines, is back in the spotlight after going for a two-point convert, while trailing 27-26, late in their game on Saturday night in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions.

The attempt failed, and the Alouettes (5-6) remain tied for second place in the East Division with the Renegades (5-7).

Matthews was in fine form after Saturday night's contest. At the beginning of his post-game media scrum, he figured the first thing everyone wanted to know was that linebacker Jeremiah Garrison tore a quadriceps muscle and likely won't be available for this Sunday's game against Winnipeg.

That's classic Matthews. He went on to defend his decision to the hilt.

"I was trying to win the game," Matthews told the media. "One play from the five gave me a better chance to win the game. The players and coaches were happy with the call, and I'd try it again."

His players, specifically the two who were involved in the play, backed up their coach as well.

"The group of guys in the locker-room support the coach and his calls," quarterback Anthony Calvillo told the Montreal Gazette. "He leaves it to the players to make plays. We didn't."

The man who was supposed to catch the two-point convert pass, slotback Ben Cahoon, told the Gazette that it was his fault for not coming up with the grab.

"My job is to run the plays that are called," Cahoon said. "I won't second-guess anything. It was a high-percentage play. I need to come down with the ball."

It says here that the Als should have kicked a convert and taken their chances in overtime. The way their offence was rolling, their chances of getting the job done in OT were pretty good.

What do you think life will be like for Matthews if the Alouettes miss the playoffs by a point or two?

MR. FURIOUS PAPA: Former Bomber and current Roughrider DE Daved Benefield is the proud new father of a baby boy named Ty.

Benefield's wife gave birth to their first child on Sept. 5 -- the day after the 'Riders hammered the Bombers 45-26 in the annual Labour Day Classic.

Benefield realizes that his life changed the instant Ty entered the world.

"Now I find myself thinking more of what's going to happen when football's done because when football's done, it's not like I've got a dog where I can just pop him in the kennel and move wherever," Benefield told The Leader-Post.

"I've got a kid. I've got to figure out what school to put him in and how to bring him up right. It's different."


Videos

Photos