The plan Chris Jones had when he took over as Saskatchewan Roughriders Head Coach, General Manager and vice-president of football operations is working, so he will be staying.
On Tuesday morning, the team announced Jones has signed a one-year contract extension with assistant general managers John Murphy and Jeremy O’Day signing two-year extensions meaning all will be with the team through the end of the 2019 season.
Team president and CEO Craig Reynolds says making this move after a season where the team improved by five wins, made the playoffs for the first time since 2014, and were seconds away from going to the Grey Cup was the natural move to make.
“There has been some real positive progression from a team perspective, and continuity is important.” Reynolds said. “When you look at successful football teams, they generally have good football people running them and they have some continuity. That’s what we’re trying to build here, so I think it was important to extend Chris and allow him an opportunity to have a four-year run at it.”
Jones, who in his two years as head coach has a record of 15-23, is more than happy to continue on and have two more years to bring the franchise another Grey Cup. He says it is their aim every year.
“We try to win the Grey Cup every year,” Jones said. “Quite honestly, our motto is if we don’t win the Grey Cup, it’s a failure. We feel like we’re building something special here.”
Jones has not been quiet since the season ended as the team has held some free agent camps with more going this weekend. He is also tasked with signing many free agents including quarterback Brandon Bridge. Another free agent is defensive lineman Willie Jefferson, but all indications are Jefferson will be back with the team.