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Moffat: Popp garnering interest from multiple NFL teams

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Rick Moffat
1/31/2014 1:37:31 PM
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Alouettes GM and head coach Jim Popp revealed that two NFL teams have called him about job possibilities in 2014. 

Popp would not name the clubs and issued only a, "no comment" about whether or not there's been progress in him returning to Montreal in the dual role he has worked since returning to the CFL in 1996.

“It hasn't been as busy as the last two off seasons,” Popp admitted. 

Popp later clarified to TSN on Friday that while his representatives received calls, he has not spoken to any teams. He also said he has not interviewed or spoken to anyone about other jobs.

At this time last year, the Als lost their head coach Marc Trestman to the Chicago Bears while Popp interviewed for a job with the Panthers, having also been considered for employment with the Eagles and Colts.

Popp says he has interviewed prospective coaches for the coming season since the team still needs a new offensive coordinator and may have spots for as many as three other newcomers to the staff. 

Popp is in New York for Super Bowl weekend and admitted he's rooting for the Seahawks because of a home town connection with Seattle guard JR Sweezy.

“He's from my hometown Mooresville, North Carolina and I helped get him a scholarship,” Popp told the TSN 690 Morning Show with Price, Starr and Moffat. “Small world, Marc Trestman was on the staff at NC State at the time.”

Sweezy's mother Susan works for the Alouettes as Popp's executive assistant from her North Carolina home and her son was on the Alouettes' negotiation list before becoming a fixture on the offensive line that protects Russell Wilson, who not coincidentally, was once on the Als “neg list” as well.

Jim Popp (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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