Alouettes give coaching job to Popp after firing Hawkins

Dan Hawkins doesn't look too pleased as he stands on the Als sideline. The first-year coach was...

Dan Hawkins doesn't look too pleased as he stands on the Als sideline. The first-year coach was fired on Thursday with a 2-3 record (QMI Agency photo)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:29 PM ET

Well, you have to give the Montreal Alouettes a little credit for mixing it up this time around.

The last two times they replaced their head coach during the season, the guy going out the door had a winning record. Rod Rust was 9-8 when he was canned with one game to go in the 2001 season, while Don Matthews was 8-6 when he supposedly resigned in 2006 for health reasons.

Dan Hawkins did not have a winning record on Thursday when owner Bob Wetenhall tied the can to him after just five games and replaced him with general manager Jim Popp. This is the third time Popp has taken over the coaching reins midway through a season, as he replaced both Rust and Matthews.

When the Alouettes donıt look like the Alouettes, thatıs usually when Wetenhall has had enough. The Larks had lost six straight in 2001 when Rust got fired, and Matthews had just snapped a six-game slide of his own when he walked away — or was he pushed? — in 2006.


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