Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The Man In Black Becomes A Brown
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have accepted Vice President of football operations, general manager and head coach, Chris Jones resignation request in order to pursue an NFL coaching opportunity.
“We are proud of what Chris came in and accomplished through his three seasons as general manager and head coach,” stated Riders President & CEO Craig Reynolds. “His work obviously didn’t go unnoticed and we congratulate him on his opportunity in the National Football League and thank him for his contribution to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.”
Chris Jones was originally hired on December 7, 2015.
After going through a 5-13 rebuilding season in 2016, the Riders improved to 10-8 under Jones’ guidance in 2017 and appeared in a division final for the first time since 2013.
Last season, the Green and White finished with the CFL’s second best record at 12-6 and hosted the West Semi-Final.
Jones was named CFL Coach of the Year for his efforts.
Reynolds added, “We are fortunate to have many quality football leaders and coaches on our staff. We will evaluate and will look to fill the vacancy quickly.”
The Riders also announced Tuesday receiver Jordan Williams-Lambert has been granted his release so he can pursue an NFL opportunity. It is believed JWL will be signing or has signed a deal with the Chicago Bears.
(Ryan Pollock/Riders PR)
The story from the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Jones' hiring can be found here.