Wednesday, December 2, 2015
LAWLESS: RIDERS TO SPEAK WITH JONES
In the latest development of the CFL's top story this off-season, TSN's Gary Lawless reported Tuesday evening that the Saskatchewan Roughriders have asked for, and received, permission to speak with Edmonton Eskimos Head Coach Chris Jones about their vacant General Manager and Head Coaching positions.
Jones most-recently led Edmonton to a 26-20 Grey Cup victory Ottawa Sunday night at Winnipeg's Investors Group Field in just his second season in charge of the Eskimos. He was also a finalist for Coach of the Year in 2015.
According to the Edmonton Sun, Roughriders President Craig Reynolds received permission from Eskimos President Len Rhodes to approach Jones. Reynolds said this week the club is still on track for an announcement in mid-December regarding the club's next General Manager. That could well be Jones. Here's his bio from Wikipedia:
- Chris Jones (born September 25, 1967) is the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He has been the defensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders, and Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.
Born in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, Jones played college football for the University of Tennessee but did not excel as a player. Instead, he began focusing on a coaching career.
Jones began coaching NCAA football at Tennessee Tech University in 1995, where he served as assistant coach for one year. He later transferred to the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee before rejoining Tennessee Tech in 1999 as a defensive coordinator.
Jones moved to the CFL in 2002 after being named the new defensive line coach of the Montreal Alouettes and remained there until 2007. In 2008, he was named defensive coordinator of the Calgary Stampeders, who won the 96th Grey Cup, and was promoted to Assistant Coach in 2010. He later joined the Toronto Argonauts as Defensive Coordinator and was part of the team that won the 100th Grey Cup.
Jones was named Edmonton Eskimos Head Coach in November 2013. After a 12-6 season, he was nominated for Coach of the Year.