CI Week 15 Highlights

With the college season winding down, professional coaches stepped up in a big way to carry the torch for the Coaches Inc. Family in Week 15. CI's NFL coaches were perfect on Sunday as Saints Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael, Chargers WR Coach Chris Beatty (@BeattyCoach) and Titans Asst. OL Coach Jason Houghtaling (@UpstateNYHom) all won their respective matchups. North of the border, Winnipeg Special Teams Coordinator Paul Boudreau (@bouqb2) kept the momentum going on Sunday night as the Blue Bombers claimed the 108th Grey Cup with their overtime win over Hamilton. While the pros stole the show, congratulations are also in order for Navy Run Game Coordinator/OL Ashley Ingram (@CoachAIngram) on the Midshipmen's win and to Ferris State Asst. Head Coach/QB Brian Rock (@Coach_Rock) after helping guide the Bulldogs to the Division II National Championship Game with their win on Saturday. Please find more highlights from Week 15.

From drought to dominance, Blue Bombers win back-to-back Grey Cup titles
In mid-October, Winnipeg was enduring an uncharacteristically poor stretch of play from its kicking game. The team's kicker had missed four field goals and one convert in a two-week stretch. Despite the fact that both games resulted in Winnipeg wins and the Blue Bombers were atop the league standings, Special Teams Coordinator Paul Boudreau (@bouqb2) recognized that the position needed an upgrade if the team was going to fulfill its goal of repeating as Grey Cup champions. And so on October 19, the Bombers acquired kicker Sergio Castillo in a trade with the BC Lions. On Sunday night in Hamilton, Winnipeg did indeed repeat as champions and there is little doubt that they would not have done so had it not been for the leg of Castillo. The former CFL all-star converted all five of his field goal attempts and twice booted kickoffs into the end zone for singles. Throw in a rouge on a 70-yard punt from Marc Liegghio and Winnipeg's specialists accounted from 18 total points. The Bombers would need every single one of them as they rallied from 12-point fourth quarter deficit to force overtime and ultimately prevailed over the Ti-Cats, 33-25. Last year, the Bombers ended a 29-year drought by winning the franchise's first Grey Cup since 1990 and now they've won two in as many years. Congratulations to Boudreau on the incredible feat!

Alvin Kamara carries Saints' offense in win over Jets
Energy and juice. Those are the qualities that Saints Head Coach Sean Payton credited RB Alvin Kamara with bringing to the team upon his return to the lineup after a four-game absence due to injury.  Kamara's return also provided Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael with a versatile offensive weapon in both the passing and running games. Kamara touched the ball 31 times against the Jets, racking up 120 rushing yards and one touchdown on 27 carries and adding 25 receiving yards on four catches. Kamara's touchdown came on a 16-yard rush with 3:42 remaining in the second quarter and broke a 3-3 deadlock. From that point forward, it was all New Orleans. QB Taysom Hill added two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter and Brett Maher converted all three of his field goals as the Saints cruised to a 30-9 victory. For the game, Hill finished with 248 total yards as New Orleans outgained the Jets, 344-256. Congratulations to Carmichael on the dominant win!

On the move...

Congratulations to the following CI coaches who have accepted new positions in the last week:
  • Maine Head Coach Jordan Stevens (@CoachStevensFB)
  • Kansas WR Coach Terrence Samuel (@CoachTSamuel)
  • UConn OL Coach Gordie Sammis (@CoachSammis)
  • Arkansas State RB Coach Marquase Lovings (@CoachLovings)
  • Coahoma Offensive Coordinator Matt Goggans (@CoachMGoggans)

One more CI coach will be in action tonight when the Rams travel to Glendale to face the Cardinals on Monday Night Football. Good luck to LA Asst. Head Coach/RB Thomas Brown (@iamthomasbrown)!

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