Chris Jones (Canadian football coach)

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Chris Jones
Cleveland Browns
Born: (1967-09-25) September 25, 1967 (age 52)
South Pittsburg, Tennessee
Career information
Position(s)Senior defensive specialist
Career history
As coach
1995–1996Tennessee Tech
Graduate assistant
Graduate assistant
1998UT Martin
Defensive line coach
1999–2001Tennessee Tech
Defensive line coach / recruiting coordinator
2002Montreal Alouettes
Defensive line coach
20032007Montreal Alouettes
Defensive coordinator
20082010Calgary Stampeders
Defensive coordinator
20102011Calgary Stampeders
Def. coord. / asst. head coach / asst. Director of Player Personnel
20122013Toronto Argonauts
Def. coord. / asst. head coach / asst. general manager
20142015Edmonton Eskimos
Head coach
20162018Saskatchewan Roughriders
Head coach / general manager
2019–presentCleveland Browns
Defensive asst. coach
Career highlights and awards

Chris Jones (born September 25, 1967) is an American football coach currently serving as a senior defensive specialist for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL).[1] He was previously the head coach and general manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League for three seasons. He has been the defensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders, and Toronto Argonauts. Jones has won 4 Grey Cup rings with 4 different teams: With Montreal in 2002, Calgary in 2008, Toronto in 2012, and Edmonton in 2015.[2]

College career[edit]

Born in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, Jones played college football for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a walk-on, and received little playing time. Instead, he began focusing on a coaching career.[3][4]

Coaching career[edit]

NCAA career[edit]

Jones began his coaching career at North Jackson High School in Stevenson, Alabama, helping the team win a state championship in 1993. He began coaching NCAA football at Tennessee Tech University in 1995, where he served as a graduate assistant under head coach Jim Ragland. After serving one season as a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama, he joined the University of Tennessee at Martin coaching staff as a defensive line coach in 1998. He returned to Tennessee Tech in 1999 as a defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

Early CFL career[edit]

Jones moved to the CFL in 2002, after being an Ast. Coach for Arena League Las Vegas in the spring and summer, after being named the new defensive line coach of the Montreal Alouettes helping Montreal win the 90th Grey Cup. He remained there until 2007. In 2008, he was named defensive coordinator of the Calgary Stampeders, which 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.

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

Jones was named head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos in November 2013. After a 12-6 2014 season, he was nominated for CFL Coach of the Year. Jones was nominated as the West representative for coach of the year in 2015 after winning 14 of the 18 regular season games. The East representative and winner was former Eskimos assistant coach Rick Campbell.[5] Jones' Eskimos were victorious over the Ottawa Redblacks in the 103rd Grey Cup game. Following the season the divisional rival Saskatchewan Roughriders were given permission by GM Ed Hervey to entering into negotiations to fill their vacant head coaching position.[6]

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

On December 7, 2015, a mere week after winning the 2015 Grey Cup, it was announced that Jones would be the new general manager and head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. After a disappointing 3-15 season in 2015 Jones took over in 2016 and things got off to poor start, as the team won only one of their first 11 games.[7] However, down the stretch they would win four of the remaining seven games and finish with a record of 5-13. 2017 saw the Riders return to being a competitive team, as the club qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2014. After defeating the Ottawa Redblacks in a crossover playoff game the Riders were bested by the Toronto Argonauts who would go on to win the 105th Grey Cup.[8] Following the season the Riders extended Jones' contract through the 2019 CFL season.[9] Jones and the Riders continued to improve in the 2018 season, accumulating 12 wins, but in the playoffs they were defeated by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. On January 8, 2019 Jones and the Riders agreed to a new two-year contract extension.[10]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On January 15, 2019, one week after signing a contract extension with the Roughriders, Jones resigned from the Roughriders to take a job with the Cleveland Browns as their Senior Defensive Specialist.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Jones has a son from his first marriage and two daughters with his second wife. He and his family reside in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. He also has a dog and 2 cats.

CFL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
EDM 2014 12 6 0 .666 2nd in West Division 1 1 Lost in West Final
EDM 2015 14 4 0 .778 1st in West Division 2 0 Won 103rd Grey Cup
SSK 2016 5 13 0 .278 5th in West Division Failed to qualify
SSK 2017 10 8 0 .556 4th in West Division 1 1 Lost in East Final
SSK 2018 12 6 0 .667 2nd in West Division 0 1 Lost in West Semi–Final
Total 53 37 0 .589 1 Division
4 3 1 Grey Cup


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  2. ^ Riders name Chris Jones general manager and head coach
  3. ^ Stephen Hargis, "Former Chattanooga Football Player Named Head Coach in Canadian Football League Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine," Chattanooga Times Free Press, 27 November 2013.
  4. ^ Terry Jones, "Eskimos Head Coach Chris Jones Got His Start Through Tenacity and Outworking Everyone Else," Edmonton Sun, 13 January 2015.
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  6. ^ "Chris Jones coy about rumours he's leaving Eskimos for Roughriders". Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  7. ^ "2016-09-10 Game Tracker - Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2322) -". Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  8. ^ "2017-11-19 Game Tracker - Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Toronto Argonauts (2454) -". Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  9. ^ "Riders extend head coach Jones thru 2019 - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-12-12. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  10. ^ January 9, Regina Leader-Post Updated; 2019 (2019-01-08). "Chris Jones signs contract extension to stay with Riders until 2020 | Regina Leader-Post". Retrieved 2019-01-18.
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