The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have named Chris Jones vice-president of football operations, general manager, and head coach.

Jones spent the last two years as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos. With Jones at the helm in the 2015 season, the Eskimos led the league with a 14-4 record before going on to capture the Grey Cup with a 26-20 win over Ottawa.

“I’m elated. There’s no where’s to go but up,” said Treaty 4 News sports columnist, George Alexander. “Jones is a good football guy”.
Alexander tweeted the following on his Twitter account.

In Jones’ first season with Edmonton, the Eskimos finished second in the West Division with a 12-6 record, before losing the 2014 West Final to Calgary. It was still an eight-win improvement from the previous season.

@LeishaCBC Tweeted “It’s a start. #Riders can’t get any lower! #ChrisJones is a good “football guy” that will get #RiderNation back on track. #CFL”

Jones was also selected a finalist for CFL Coach of the Year following both his seasons with Edmonton.

Jones joined the CFL coaching ranks in 2002. After one season as Montreal’s defensive line coach he was named the Alouettes defensive coordinator where he spent the next five seasons. He then joined the Calgary Stampeders in 2008 where he spent four seasons as defensive coordinator as well as two of those as assistant director of player personnel. He later joined the Toronto Argonauts for the 2012 and 2013 seasons as defensive coordinator and assistant general manager.

Through his 14 CFL seasons Jones has never missed the playoffs, reaching 12 division finals with seven Grey Cup appearances between Montreal, Calgary, Toronto and Edmonton – winning in 2002, 2008, 2012 and 2015.

He began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee Tech University in 1995 and spent seven years in the NCAA before entering the CFL.

Jones becomes the 16th general manager and 46th head coach in the Saskatchewan Roughrider club’s history.

 

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