February 20, 2013
New Als coach Dan Hawkins has big shoes to fill
By FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

Alouettes QB Anthony Calvillo and new coach Dan Hawkins in Montreal on Tuesday. (Jocelyn Malette/QMI Agency)

Dan Hawkins was officially unveiled on Tuesday as the Als’ new head coach, a hire that can’t truly be judged until Montreal takes the field.

For a guy with no CFL experience and who has never coached at the pro level, Hawkins is being praised for his ability to communicate and ooze an aura that emphasizes positive energy.

It’s all noble and commendable, but Hawkins will find out shortly that the only measuring stick in pro football is wins. Bottom line. End of story.

The bar has been set so high in Montreal that anything short of competing for a Grey Cup will not be tolerated at a time when Anthony Calvillo isn’t getting any younger, when the man Hawkins replaces is Marc Trestman, recently hired by the NFL’s Chicago Bears.

There was slippage in Calvillo’s game last season, numbers aside, as evidenced by his poor throws and decision-making in the East final against the visiting Argos.

For two straight years, the Als have lost playoff games at home.



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