Under new coach Dan Hawkins, the Montreal Alouettes are hoping to quickly form an identity. Cheap Pirates Jerseys Authentic . "It better not take very long," Hawkins said following their final practice before their regular season opener. "I think were getting there, were very close, you need those seminal moments that happen during games." With Marc Trestman, the teams mandate was simple: work hard, respect your opponent and maintain composure and discipline on the football field. Various team mantras were apparent during his tenure, including the popular "win the day." The team often took on the demeanor of their head coach on and off the field. "You know it took a little while to get used to him, just like it will take a little while for us to adjust to Hawkins," said defensive lineman John Bowman who enters his eighth season with the team. "Not to say it in a bad light, its just that trust isnt built overnight, we got to build our way to trust." Hawkins is clearly very different than the reserved and soft-spoken Trestman. General manager Jim Popp went outside the box and picked a coach whos loud, boisterous and provides sound bites by the dozen. The team will likely follow suit and the Alouettes that people have come to know, could have a much different feel to them. "Its been a work in progress," Popp said. "Each day is a new experience so whatever mistakes he makes, hell question and improve on them daily." Hitting the ground running will be key, but there will be some growing pains along the way with the offense. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo will be working with a limited playbook for the first couple games trying to learn a new system in a short amount of time. "Whats great is they havent overloaded us," Calvillo said. "They have a great amount of plays that weve really focused on and were trying to move forward from there." The offense will start the season without their top to running backs Brandon Whitaker and Jerome Messam while Chris Jennings will have the opportunity to show if what he did in a small sample size of seven games, specifically a standout game in Edmonton where he had 124 total yards, can be sustained for an entire season. Calvillo will be working with arguable the best wide receiving core in the league as Arland Bruce gets added to a mix that already includes Jamel Richardson, S.J. Green and Brandon London. There is a lot of information to digest for both the coaching staff and players early in the year, but the good news for the Alouettes is that they have a favorable schedule to start the season. "The first game is always tough, you dont know what the true personnel is going to be, the schemes, what theyre going to come out with," said offensive lineman Josh Bourke. "All we got to do is follow our rules and well be okay." Cheap Pirates Jerseys China . 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Last season, Strief started 15 regular season games and both playoff games, giving him 45 regular season starts and four playoff starts in his career. He also was a regular reserve on playoff teams in 2009 and 2010. "We are excited to announce that Zach will stay with us into the future," Loomis said. "Not only has he done an excellent job at the right tackle pposition, but he has served us well as an offensive team captain for the past two seasons and has always been a great asset in the community since he first came here in 2006. Bill Mazeroski Jersey. " Strief, who played in college at Northwestern, was one of two seventh-round picks by the Saints in the 2006 NFL draft, the other being receiver Marques Colston. Strief has appeared in 109 career regular season games and has been one of the veteran leaders of one of the top ranking offences in the NFL the past three seasons, duing which the club has ranked first, second and fourth in net yards per game. He has also taken part in numerous community service endeavours, highlighted by his work with a restaurant which trains at-risk New Orleans youth the skills needed to work at various positions in the citys renowned restaurant industry. ' ' '