That didn’t take long.
Just a mere five games.
The Montreal Alouettes, stumbling out of the gate in the post-Marc Trestman era, fired head coach Dan Hawkins on Thursday morning, replacing him with general manager Jim Popp.
“Jim is the person most responsible for the success we have had over all these years,” Als owner Bob Wetenhall said in a statement.
“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.”
Montreal has started the Canadian Football League regular season with a 2-3 record, struggling to find any consistency on offence. Trestman, meanwhile, hasn’t yet coached a game with the Chicago Bears, who hired him in the off-season, and already his replacement in Montreal is toast.
Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo has been frustrated at times, whether it has been showing his displeasure on the field during games or in interviews afterward.
Calvillo is fourth with 1,035 passing yards, but his 60.1% completion rate is below average in comparison to the CFL’s other regular starters. Calvillo has thrown for just five touchdowns and has been intercepted four times.
The Alouettes’ next game is Aug. 8, when they play host to the Toronto Argonauts.