This firing doesn’t make a significant amount of sense to me by General Manager Bob O’Billovich. The reason is despite the fact that Hamilton had a losing record at 8-10, they did make the playoffs, and advanced to the Eastern Conference Final with a dramatic 52-44 victory over the Montreal Alouettes in the Eastern Conference Semi-Final.
It makes me wonder if O’Billovich made up his mind quite some time ago, and didn’t take the playoffs into account in his final decision making process.
So now the question is who will be Bellefeuille’s replacement in Hamilton. One name I think that will be strongly considered is British Columbia offensive-coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine, who played for the Tiger-Cats as a soltback from 1987-1989. Two other possibilities in my opinion are Rich Stubler, who was the defensive co-ordinator in Edmonton last season, and Lions’ defensive co-ordinator Mike Benevides. But don’t be surprised if Chapdelaine and Benevides receive strong consideration for the Lions’ head coaching position if Wally Buono decides just to be a General Manager next season.