On Thursday the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks announced their 2022 coaching staff. Staying on the staff from the 2021 CFL season is head coach Paul LaPolice, defensive coordinator Mike Benevides, special teams coordinator Bob Dyce, receivers coach Alex Suber, defensive backs coach Greg Knox, defensive line coach Carey Bailey and linebackers coach Patrick Bourgon. New to the staff is quarterbacks coach Will Arndt and offensive line coach Paul Charbonneau, but they are not new to Ottawa.
Arndt played for the Ottawa Redblacks as a quarterback in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He started in some games and finished his time as a Redblack with 940 passing yards, and three touchdowns. After leaving Ottawa, he spent training camp with the B.C Lions in 2021 prior to serving as an offensive assistant coach with the Edmonton Elks under Jaime Elizondo. He will take over for Steve Walsh as the Redblacks quarterbacks coach in 2022.
Also familiar with the city of Ottawa is Paul Charbonneau who is taking Bob Wylie’s position as the Redblacks’ offensive line coach. Charbonneau is actually originally from Ottawa, having grown up in Orleans. He has previously spent time with the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL in 2016 and 2017 but also has great experience at the collegiate level with Roosevelt University, Washington University and Lindenwood University-Belleville.
Now that they have a coaching staff, it is time that the Ottawa Redblacks’ front office, led by Shawn Burke, a newly hired general manager figures out who will be coached by this coaching staff come June 2022.
There are still a number of pending free agents still unsigned by the Ottawa Redblacks, with free agency opening on February 8th and the Draft approaching as well there is a real chance that the Redblacks roster will change significantly for the 2022 CFL season as compared to 2021.