Chris Jones Joins Toronto Argonauts
Canadian CFL c lub the Toronto Argonauts announced on Tuesday that they’ve hired former Edmonton Elks and Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Chris Jones. Now back coaching in the CFL, Jones has been appointed defensive consultant for the team.
The newest addition to Ryan Dinwiddie’s staff profile comes with more than 25 years of coaching experience, with 18 of those spent in the Canadian Football League.
A four-time Grey Cup champion, Jones previously spent a year as defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and assistant general manager of the Argos. This was during the 2012-2013 season.
Jones was named CFL coach of the year back in 2018 after guiding the Roughriders to a Playoffs appearance at home. After taking over a team that had won only a measly 3 games in 2015, he helped guide that same team to 5 victories in 2016, 10 in 2017, and a formidable and previously unthinkable 12 in 2018.
He eventually left the Roughriders when he accepted a position of defensive consultant with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. Here he spent two NFL seasons across 2018 and 2019. He departed from the Roughriders only a week after the team announced that he had been offered an extended contract.
He in April of this year joined the South Pittsburgh Pirates as head coach, thereby representing an institution from which he himself had previously graduated. The Pirates played, and won, only a single game with Jones in charge. Upon joining the Pirates, he described the position as his “dream job”.
Jones To Help Clean Up The Game
The Argos are currently without two of their coaches. Both defensive backs coach Josh Bell and defensive coordinator Glen Young are currently on leave after Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment announced a policy requiring all staff not already part of a collective bargaining agreement to undergo vaccination.
Jones’ first stunt with the Argos will be to serve as the team’s defensive play-caller when they go up against the Montreal Alouettes on Friday.
The Argonauts have quite a bit of cleaning up to do after several unnecessary mistakes made over their last few games. Their sloppy tackles, especially, have seen them being left behind in recent games.
Taking too many penalties, too, has continued to plague the Argos off and on. This is something they’ll want to work on with their new expert in the art of defence.