The Als kick-off the season in Winnipeg and bring along with them a sparkling 5-0 June road record from the past 10 years
With 10 East Division titles to their credit since 1999 it would take a hardened critic to find holes in the Alouettes system but as Dan Hawkins steps into his new role as head coach, it’s also going to take a lot of work for Montreal to maintain their status quo.
[dropcap2]F[/dropcap2]ormer coach Marc Trestman moved south to Soldier Field this off-season where he’ll call shots for the Chicago Bears and that’s helped quiet the usual round of preseason questions over how much gas QB Anthony Calvillo still has left in the tank. Calvillo’s numbers last season speak for themselves and after surpassing the 5,000-yard passing plateau for the third time under Trestman, Hawkins will surely rely on his veteran to help guide an offense that was first in red zone efficiency.
The Addition of Arland Bruce III provides AC with yet another skilled receiver to help maintain the Als’ potent offensive attack but Montreal needed to shore up its D and appear to have done so with some key free agent acquisitions in the form of Byron Parker and Ejiro Kuale. Leading tacklers Shea Emery and Chip Cox remain with the team as does the sack-leader John Bowman (7).
BY THE NUMBERS
Montreal had 7 overs and 3 unders through the first 10 weeks of the 2012 season and allowed each of its first four opponents to score 30-plus points but that trend may not continue when the Als open the season at Winnipeg on June 27.
– The Als past five road games in the month of June all stayed under the total and Montreal was 5-0 SU, winning by an average of 16 PPG
– In 2012, the Alouettes’ odds to win the Cup opened at +600 and closed at +575
Futures betting for CFL Season Win Totals is now available and the Als are listed at 10 Under (-130).
Key additions for the Als this season include HC Dan Hawkins, QB Quinton Porter, CB Byron Parker, SB Arland Bruce III, RB Jerome Messam and DE Ejiro Kuale
Early Subtractions: HC Mark Trestman, LB Rod Davis, DB Dwight Anderson, WR Brian Bratton, and QB Adrian McPherson
Late Cuts: QB Quinton Porter, CB Seth Williams, WR Damone Blackman, WR Michael Campbell, WR Phillip Livas, G Matt Cleveland, DE Mike Lockley, DE Cyril Obiozor, DT Scott Paxson, DB BJ Scott and DB Devon Torrence
An aging but still capable quarterback, a new head coach and a flood of new talent to help shore up a defensive unit and special teams which ranked at the bottom of several key statistical categories. Trestman was 11-7 in his first year with Montreal (2008) and they also hit 11 wins in Trestman’s final year but to reach that mark again they’ll need to improve on a .500 record vs. the division and the team would be best served to take care of that before the calendar flips to October.
CFL betting previews for every team will be posted here throughout the next week as we countdown to 2013 kickoff in Winnipeg on Thursday, June 27!