Miller out, Berry almost certain to follow

November 25, 2013 5:08 PM

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“Doug Berry had a one-year contract as a consultant, which expires on Dec. 31, 2013. The Alouettes promoted Doug Berry to oversee the offence in late July. At this time, the Alouettes are looking at all options for their 2014 offensive co-ordinator.

“Mike Miller requested to have his two-year contract reduced to a one-year deal when Doug Berry was put in charge of overseeing the offence in late July. His request was granted and his contract expires on Dec. 31, 2013. The Alouettes and Miller have mutually agreed to go in different directions in 2014.”

Berry told montrealgazette.com last week he didn’t expect to return – not only due to his contract expiring, but by the number of times general manager and head coach Jim Popp informed him, following the playoff loss against Hamilton, the offence wasn’t productive enough this season.

Meanwhile, Popp has yet to announce whether he’ll return as the team’s coach next season or simply concentrate on his GM duties. And veteran quarterback Anthony Calvillo has yet to announce his future plans. Calvillo didn’t return after suffering a concussion in mid-August.

Berry, a former head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, returned to the Als this season, hired as the senior adviser to former head coach Dan Hawkins. Hawkins was fired five games into the season.

Miller had been the offensive co-ordinator under Hawkins. When Popp replaced Hawkins, he made it clear Berry would call offensive plays, while Miller would be in charge of the quarterbacks.

In a telephone interview last week, Miller implied he still had a two-year contract with Montreal.

Source: blogs.montrealgazette.com

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