The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that they have extended their head coach Jason Maas through the 2026 season and their General Manager Danny Maciocia through 2027. Prior to the extension, both individuals were entering the final year of their contracts.
“It’s a great day for our organization.” Alouettes President and CEO Mark Weightman stated. “I was happy to work with Danny again when I returned to the Alouettes last March and knowing that we will work together for the next few years makes me happy. We like the direction our team is going and this stability will only make us stronger.”
Jason Maas became the Alouettes’ Head Coach in December of 2022 and led the Alouettes to an 11-7 regular season that was capped off with a Grey Cup in November. He was the Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive coordinator from 2020 to 2022. He also had previous head coaching experience with Edmonton from 2016-2019. Maas brings over 2 decades of CFL experience having entered the league as a professional quarterback in 2000.
Under Maas’ leadership, the Alouettes brought a highly effective game plan on offense that effectively mitigated much of the effects of Winnipeg’s pass rush. Montreal utilized many bubble screens that allowed Fajardo to get rid of the ball quickly. They also utilized wide receiver Jake Harty effectively in pass protection on certain plays, such as a 33-yard passing play to Austin Mack. Fullback James Tuck and William Stanback were also utilized effectively.
Montreal had one of the strongest defenses against the pass all season. Over the regular season, the Alouettes allowed the fewest yards per pass at 7.6. Over the playoffs the Alouettes allowed only 1 passing touchdown while generating 7 interceptions.
Danny Maciocia has been the Alouettes’ General Manager for the last three seasons which saw Montreal have a combined record of 27-23. The Alouettes made several additions under Maciocia’s leadership that played a key part in their recent 28-24 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Grey Cup. Such as the addition of Cody Fajardo who was the Grey Cup MVP after being cast aside by the Saskatchewan Roughriders the previous offseason.
Maciocia notably made 2 significant mid-season additions to Montreal’s defense by signing Shawn Lemon and Darnell Sankey who were both recently extended through next season. The Alouettes have also seen significant value from drafted players such as safety Marc-Antoine Dequoy, left guard Pier-Olivier Lestage, wide receiver Tyson Philpot, linebacker Tyrell Richards, and defensive lineman Lwal Uguak.
“I am extremely happy to continue for the long term and continue our work on solid foundations,” stated Maciocia. “I thank our owner Pierre Karl Péladeau and our president Mark Weightman for the opportunity. I like the chemistry within our team and the mentality we have implemented. Knowing that I will continue to work in Montreal with our same pool of players makes me very impatient to start the season.”
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