In the same way as other pro sports Canadian Football League coaches are under more pressure than ever before. Sports and social media make every team in every sport a minute to minute soap opera. Four out of the nine teams will have new coaches for the upcoming season. Cause by this will be handicapping adjustments that will be necessary for CFL betting. For the past five consecutive seasons, there has been a different Grey Cup champion. Since 2013 only the Calgary Stampeders have won two Grey Cups. Let’s examine the 2020 CFL coaching lineup.
Craig Dickenson – Saskatchewan Roughriders
Last year was a highly successful debut for first-year coach Craig Dickenson as he led the Saskatchewan to a 13-5 season. Dickenson kept gamblers happy with just five losses to the spread in 2019.
Paul LaPolice – Ottawa Redblacks
First-year head coach Paul LaPolice replaced Rick Campbell at Ottawa after a disappointing sportsbook campaign. LaPolice inherits a team that was 3-15 straight up and 5-13 vs. the line in 2019. He arrives from the Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he was an offensive coordinator for the past four seasons.
Rick Campbell – BC Lions
Following a terribly disappointing record of 5-13 straight up and 7-10-1 vs. the spread, BC cut ties with DeVone Claybrooks after only one season. Rick Campbell takes over after getting fired by the Ottawa Redblacks. Overall Campbell had a successful run at Ottawa with four playoff seasons, three appearances in the Grey Cup, and the 2014 championship.
Scott Milanovich – Edmonton Eskimos
Jason Mass was fired by the Eskimos after a CFL Betting mark of 8-10 straight up and 7-10-1 against the spread. Now coaching Edmonton is Scott Milanovich, who is best known as former coach of the Toronto Argonauts from 2012 through 2016. Milanovich led the Argos to the 2012 Grey Cup title.
Ryan Dinwiddle – Toronto Argonauts
Speaking of the Argonauts Ryan Dinwiddle has replaced Corey Chamblin after a catastrophic 2019 campaign of 4-14 straight up but 9-7-2 vs. the odds. Specifically, Dinwiddle is the renowned Calgary quarterback coach where he tutored two-time CFL Most Outstanding Player Bo Levi Mitchell.
Dave Dickenson – Calgary Stampeders
Dickenson has led the Stamps to three Grey Cup championship games and the 2018 title. Accordingly, his Calgary record is 53-18-2 in four seasons.
Orlando Steinauer – Hamilton Tiger-Cats
In view of leading the Tiger-Cats to the Grey Cup championship game in his first season, Steinauer is touted as the next great CFL coach. Hamilton went 15-3 in 2019 with only four losses to the spread.
Khari Jones – Montreal Alouettes
Above all Khari Jones faced the difficult challenge of guiding the Als through ownership instability. Montreal went 10-8 in his first season as a coach with a 10-8 mark against the spread. Subsequently, the Alouettes have purchased in January thanks in large part to Jones for turning them into a winner.
Mike O’Shea – Winnipeg Blue Bombers
It took 29 years but the Blue Bombers finally won their 11th Grey Cup championship last season. Specifically, Mike O’Shea has proven to be the perfect fit at Winnipeg. To management’s credit, they stuck with O’Shea after losing seasons in his first two years. But the last four campaigns have ended with playoff berths.