Stanback returns, Alouettes look for CFL playoff berth in opposition to Redblacks – Montreal

A get Monday would be worthy of its weight in gold for the Montreal Alouettes.

A CFL group chasing a .500 file for most of the season, the Alouettes (7-7) can each clinch a playoff place and a residence publish-time sport with a Thanksgiving Working day victory above the checking out Ottawa Redblacks (3-11).

The Alouettes experience a Redblacks workforce with an altered sideline.

Coach Paul LaPolice was fired following a 34-19 decline to the B.C. Lions on Sept. 30. Unique groups co-ordinator Bob Dyce assumed the interim position with four video games remaining in the common year.

Redblacks quarterbacks coach Will Arndt will be calling the performs at Percival Molson Stadium.

“The greatest matter that I want to do is that I want to make sure the players are in a position to be thriving,” Dyce mentioned. “I don’t want to hurry into anything. I know we’re on a shorter time body but I want to do items proper for these 4 video games.

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“I have a great deal of respect for all those guys in the locker room and I want to make positive that we do things appropriate and that’s likely to let us to set a solid basis listed here.”

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Alouettes typical manager and interim mentor Danny Maciocia insisted his staff will not undervalue Ottawa.

“I imagine that this is a staff that is pretty very pleased and they have a mentor which is capable to encourage his players,” Maciocia stated of the opponent. “I’m certain that they will give us a hell of an work. It will be extremely important to match their intensity that they will provide to us.”

“We really don’t want to disrespect them, that’s seriously important. They are experienced players, they are coached and they have their pleasure.”

The Alouettes welcome the return of star jogging back again William Stanback. The two-time all-star and CFL dashing leader previous time has not played since breaking his ankle in the year-opener versus the Calgary Stampeders.

“When you insert that ingredient, it can certainly dictate a ton of issues that the defence can and just cannot do,” Alouettes quarterback Trevor Harris explained of Stanback.

“It also can help us set up the run getting ready to, late in game titles, use our engage in-action game, be equipped to hand him the football and know that we’re gonna go downhill and be ready to get constructive yards.”

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Stanback is a significant update to Montreal’s offence, but Maciocia continues to be cautious about how substantially he’ll participate in Monday. Montreal has a rapid turnaround subsequent Monday’s recreation with one more Friday in Ottawa.

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The coach required three soreness-no cost procedures from Stanback to insert him into Monday’s lineup. That obtained, Maciocia will play a person of his most dominant players albeit in a confined way.

“What is critical is for us to be genuinely strategic with William,” Maciocia mentioned. “He has not performed considering the fact that the start of the calendar year. We have two video games in five days. I really do not feel we can afford to pay for to give him 20 carries on a Monday and 20 carries on Friday, it’s not sensible.

“We require to have a program, which we have now set up with the coaches. We shared it with the players, including Will, so he will have a term to say in our results on Monday I hope but he isn’t a participant that will direct 60 or 70 plays.”

Harris acknowledged Stanback is an asset on offence, but also pointed out the Als managed at .500 report with no him. Other running backs crammed it for the star in the course of his absence.

“To say that our other backs have not accomplished a great task would be a disservice to them due to the fact I believe Walter Fletcher is an absolute budding star in this league,” Harris stated. “And Jeshrun Antwi, explosive plays when you just really don’t anticipate it and all of a sudden he pops for 70 (yards).”

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In addition to the shakeup at head coach, the Redblacks also extra two new faces to their coaching employees this week. Doug Malone, who was an offensive line coach for the Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, joined as an offensive consultant.

Cory McDiarmid signing up for as a special teams assistant implies he’s served on the coaching staff of each individual present CFL group other than the Tiger-Cats.


POWELL RETURNS: The Redblacks get working back again William Powell again Monday. The 34-12 months-outdated very last performed in Ottawa’s 17-3 loss to Stampeders on Aug. 5 when he sustained a knee harm.

ROMICK 100: Defensive conclusion Nigel Romick will enjoy his 100th vocation video game Monday. The 31-calendar year-old from Thunder Bay, Ont. has invested all eight of his CFL seasons with the Redblacks.

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