Defensive Coordinator and Linebacker Coach
Slowik will be returning for his second season as the Alouettes’ Defensive Coordinator. In 2019 his squad forced 35 turnovers over the course of the season, good for fourth place in the CFL. The Montreal defence also made plenty of important stops in crucial moments during the team’s impressive seven comeback wins.
Slowik’ system allowed players to surpass their stats from previous years, such as linebacker Patrick Levels, finished fourth among CFL leaders last season with 86 defensive tackles, who quadrupling his career-best defensive tackle production from 2017 with the Calgary Stampeders. Linebacker Henoc Muamba and defensive back Greg Reid also shined with 93 and 74 defensive tackles, respectively finishing second and twelfth in the CFL in 2019. The latter two were named CFL All Stars that season. Muamba was also voted the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian. Levels, John Bowman and Tommie Campbell were also voted to the East Division All Star Team during Slowik’s first season North of the border.
The Pittsburgh, PA native was a coach in the NFL from 1992 to 2013. Over his twenty-one years of coaching, his teams qualified for the playoffs on eight occasions. He started his coaching career in the NFL on a strong note, winning a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys in 1992 as a Defensive Assistant. He then joined the Chicago Bears as a Defensive Coordinator and his team finished third for points allowed in the league in 1993. After six seasons with the Bears, he was named the Cleveland Browns’ Defensive Coordinator for one season, before getting hired by the Green Bay Packers in 2000. From 2001 to 2004, Slowik helped the Packers make the playoffs each season and win three consecutive division championships.
He was also the Defensive Coordinator with the Denver Broncos in 2007 and 2008, on top of being a member of the Washington Redskins coaching staff from 2010 to 2013. During his NFL coaching career he worked with renowned head coaches such as Jimmy Johnson, Mike Shanahan, Dave Wannstedt and Mike Sherman.
His two sons, Bobby and Steve are both currently working for the San Francisco 49ers as an Offensive Assistant Coach and Scouting Assistant respectively.