Davis: Extending Chris Jones the right move for Riders

Unlike his predecessors as Saskatchewan Roughriders head coaches, Chris Jones has not been required to live year-round in Regina.

Upon their hirings, Corey Chamblin, Kent Austin, John Gregory and Danny Barrett were among the head coaches who bundled up their families to spend windy summers and frigid winters in the Canadian Prairies. It was a coaching prerequisite for the community-owned franchise to be entrenched year-round in the community.

Jones’ hiring before the 2016 season with a three-year contract — followed by a one-year extension announced Tuesday — came with only one prerequisite. Jones was tasked with making the Roughriders consistently capable of challenging for a Grey Cup.

Realizing his past CFL successes and coveting Jones dearly, Roughriders CEO Craig Reynolds and the volunteer board let Jones leave his family in Tennessee while the guy they hired as vice-president of football operations, general manager and head coach spends his football seasons living in a Regina hotel and returning home in the offseason.

The Roughriders’ brass realized that planting Jones in the community wouldn’t make him any more popular than he would become if the team resumed winning football games.

Jones wasn’t extremely popular in 2016. After being lured away from the Edmonton Eskimos, where he had won the 2015 Grey Cup in his second season as their head coach, Jones whirled through a record number of newcomers and veteran players en route to a 5-13 record. The Riders were disciplined regularly by the CFL for breaking roster rules and the doubters (guilty!) were wondering if Jones knew what he was doing.

During his first 15 seasons in the CFL as an assistant coach, defensive co-ordinator and head coach, 2016 was the first time Jones had ever missed the playoffs. But he put in place a huge hierarchy of assistant coaches and GMs and talent evaluators capable of making the Roughriders respectable following the embarrassments of 2015 (which cost Chamblin his job) and 2016.

With a completely overhauled roster — only four players remain from the 2013 Grey Cup-winning team — the Roughriders improved to 10-8 this season and advanced (as a crossover) to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. Facing back-to-back road games, they eliminated the reigning-champion Ottawa Redblacks before falling in the East final on a last-second field goal to the eventual Grey Cup winners, the Toronto Argonauts.

Such success, indeed such a turnaround, made Jones extremely popular among Roughriders fans and players. That led Reynolds to logically offer Jones a contract extension. They began discussions before the season ended and recently agreed on a one-year extension through 2019. It likely bumps up Jones’ reported annual salary of $750,000 and ensures he won’t be just a lame-duck head coach who might only be returning to Saskatchewan for one more summer.

Darrell Davis

Darrell Davis

Darrell Davis has reported on the Riders for more than 20 years and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame media wing in 2006.
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62 Comments on Davis: Extending Chris Jones the right move for Riders

  1. Lancaster/Reed // December 12, 2017 at 5:32 pm //

    Being the second biggest Jones hater behind donkey, Davis must have been choking on his words as he typed them.

  2. The right move for the Riders and for Jones

  3. Ridersnhabs // December 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm //

    This is what I was hoping for now let’s move forward , we are already the leagues best franchise now lets become its best team .
    So Davis had to bring up that jones didn’t move his family here and that has what to do with how hard he works . He hardly takes any time off at all he is that dedicated but of course Davis didn’t bother to mention that .

  4. White Horse // December 12, 2017 at 7:36 pm //

    Riders and Habs…Riders are the league’s best franchise? Really! Who the he’ll knew that? 4th place team in the strong west conference of 5 teams? The league’s best franchise entered the playoffs through the back door!
    Pls explain?

    • You knew old Donkey Kong was going to chime in!

    • Ridersnhabs // December 12, 2017 at 8:42 pm //

      Wow I see understanding what you read isn’t your forte. I said best franchise and then I said let’s become the leagues best team .
      Best franchise
      – smallest market largest fan base
      – richest team in the league
      – best stadium
      – we sell the most team related merchandise
      – best road draw
      Your welcome to add anything I forgot .

      • Ghostrider // December 12, 2017 at 9:51 pm //

        Ridersnhabs
        One the surface the things you say are true but we must look at the root for the reasons. I will do that now:
        – smallest market largest fan base- ONLY THING YOU HAVE IN THE PROVINCE. IT’S A HUGE SOURCE OF PRIDE AND TE ONLY THING THAT BRINGS YOU TO THE TABLE WITH THE MAIN PARTS OF CANADA
        – richest team in the league-SEE ABOVE
        – best stadium- THATS AS MUCH A LEGISLATIVE DOING THAN ANYTHING- IT”S YOUR EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
        – we sell the most team related merchandise-AGAIN SEE ABOVE
        – best road draw-BECAUSE EVERYONE BORN IN YOUR PROVINCE MOVE EVERYWHERE BUT

        • Ridersnhabs // December 12, 2017 at 10:08 pm //

          That excuse other fans use that have an NHL franchise is so weak it’s actually pathetic.
          Green Bay population 105k NFL team , down the road Milwaukee population 555k MLB team and NBA team . Sure doesn’t seem to hurt the packers one of the most successful NFL teams . Any more unfounded excuses ?

          • The Packers are one of the more storied sports franchises. The riders aren’t
            You’d do know larger cities have more layers than just sports right?? Regina is simple. Its like a college town that live,eat and drink college sports. Besides being a 25 year stamps season ticket holder, I have been to many Broadway shows, I also support Calgary’s Jazz and ballet scene. Get some culture son

        • Ridersnhabs // December 12, 2017 at 11:00 pm //

          Son? I’m not your son and you know nothing about me or my culture . I do know that your argument about that’s all we have is so weak . Maybe the 45 billion dollar debt Alberta has got themselves in is the real reason . There’s your culture sonny boy

          • What does government debt have to do with culture?
            You started with boastful claims of rider greatness and I corrected you.
            You’re late for school son.

        • lol so you agree amid all your SHOUTING , that the Riders and Rider NAtion is the best franchise , AWESOME !!!! good job rider nation we have finally educated this pathetic sod.

        • Awe you’re still struggling Ghost. It’ll be ok.

        • Ridersnhabs // December 13, 2017 at 10:32 am //

          You corrected me ? In your own simple mind but if you actually read what you wrote you will see all it was is double talk with no substance . The comment about the pathetic state of affairs has nothing to do with culture but of course your twisted that around in your pea brain , it was giving you yet another excuse why stamps fans aren’t showing up for games .
          I’m keeping a close watch on the Seattle flames move that will be happening soon enough , then when no one shows up for stamps games your comments will appear even weaker .
          There is no substitute for pride in a franchise something you know very little about .
          And your little cultural dig has nothing to do with football but again you are grasping at straws as per usual

        • Ridersnhabs // December 13, 2017 at 12:50 pm //

          Oh btw and this is no slight on the packers but the storied franchise you called them have 4 Super Bowls , exact same number as the riders grey cups . Once again your comments are weak sauce

          • AWESOME !!!! comment, yeap some don’t get it !!!Its not all about championships!!! Championships are the reward to the players and coaches for a great season first and foremost. Amazing how some folks that probably have little personal accomplishments CLING to finding some self worth in saying a team they support is a champion or repeat champion.

    • yeap winning is nice ,but being the BEST franchise is MORE then just wins on the field !!! Man , so many levels accorded to success in professional sports , YEs Championships are the domain of the PLAYERS and Coaches /Admin , on the field , that is how THIER SUCCESS is measured. But its just bragging rights to a fan base, as a Rider fan I have DONE nothing /played NO role in their winning any of there Cups. ONLY LOOSERS that never have played SPORTS at ANY high level CHIRP ABOUT HOW MANYB CHAMPIONSHIPS WE have won……….when referring to fandom of a professional team. I proud of my Riders championships or not , I am proud that they have a following WORLD wide, I am proud that they have a history of community service in Saskatchewan , I am proud that they have helped build one of the best Small sporting stadium complexes in North America, I am proud that my Riders embrace Rider Nation / entertain me with their play // and most players express gratitude that they can represent the Saskatchewan regional area Rider Nation fandom. To take this to a yuck !!! NHL level it amazes me that probably many ofm these chirpy ignorant jaskasses trashing the Riders are Vancouver Canuck /Clagary Flame or Edmonton Oiler fans , guess wht oyur sad pathetic NHL and NHL franchises are meaning less in regard to a world wide stage // their accopmlishments are soooooooo insignificant to say historic franchises like Montreal/Toronto/New York/Boston/Detriot for example who again are dwarfed by the power house NFL /MLB and worl soccer franchises. Those fan will tell oyu they are TEAM fans that support great historic francishes boasting world class players , but as fans themselves they have WON not 1 single championship….. Only in weak assed minds of some Canadains do people refer to themselves as winning a championship when talking about the team they support. WHat pathetic sods they are , standing on the shoulder s of great atheltes!!!

  5. If overly expensive stadiums with obvious design flaws, and a lot of them, plus overpaid, overrated football executives are the mark of success, then congrats to Rider Nation, you are on your way. Only problem is it dosen’t work that way.

    • And what may they be Mr. Engineer?

      • You don’t have to be an engineer to figure out you guys got screwed on that stadium.

        • Lancaster/Reed // December 12, 2017 at 9:18 pm //

          So what you really mean is, “ i dont have a f**king clue what any problems are but i hate the riders so lets throw some c**p and hope it sticks” .
          Got it. You cant back up your statement with anything resembling a fact. Now go away and let the adults talk.

        • hmmm so what your saying is that all the NFL teams that visited Regina to look at how the riders managed to incorporate and upgrade all the fantastic innovations 1st generation super stadiums like the Cowboys etc did , then took those ideas and build them into the new super stadiums in Minnesota and Georgia was a bad idea, lol . hmmmm guess the nfl was just bulllshitting when it thanked the riders admin and board for the opportunity to learn and share with them regarding new stadium building . Sad to be a jealous moron that loves to trash the riders without any facts hey!!!!!

        • McMahon is so nice, you must be so proud of it. Especially when it’s half empty for most games. Lol.

      • Ridersnhabs // December 12, 2017 at 8:56 pm //

        You should have applied for the job of head engineer, you seem so brilliant I’ll bet you could have built it perfect and for half the cost . Darn where were you before the project started we could have probably even had a roof on it with all the money you could have saved us .

    • Ridersnhabs // December 12, 2017 at 8:46 pm //

      Wow I love hearing comments about the stadium from people that haven’t even been to it ( and if u have been to it and still say that then you are a bigger idiot than you appear ). The media loves people like you , they write and you lap it all up .
      I’m going to guess your fav is the enquirer

      • greenenvy? // December 13, 2017 at 1:43 am //

        I guess you weren’t among the 800 evacuees who were in danger of a snow slide on their seats. Maybe you were in the lineup at one of the 4 water fountains in Moo-saic.

        • Ridersnhabs // December 13, 2017 at 12:59 pm //

          Oh wow the water fountain again , people had to bring or buy bottled water oh my what a tragedy. That’s it tear it down and rebuild we need more water fountains .
          Nothing about the great sight lines , the design so we get less wind , wide concourse, comfortable seats , players amenities all top notch. Beautiful design , on and on but heaven forbid only 4 water fountains .
          Your jealousy is so transparent and sad

          • lol hmmmm the esk marketing genius above fails to make the connection that less FREE water adds to MORE sales!!!!!One might not like not having FREEEEEEE water but maybe he should go to some new NFL stadiums and count the water fountains there, lol .

          • Ghostrider // December 13, 2017 at 4:55 pm //

            Well there is also the substandard visitor facilities, the inability to accommodate more than 2 teams at a time, the flimsy green seats, the roof design and danger of falling snow…..should I go on?

  6. Why the rush to sign him? With all those job titles it’s obvious no other CFL team is going to sweeten the pot and steal him.

    • Its a cash grab by Jones and the entire executive. Strike while the iron is hot. Time to feather the nest. Their smart enough to realize that a 5th place finish in 2018 is quite likely, and then the Jones attraction is gone and so is the opporturnity.

      • Ridersnhabs // December 12, 2017 at 8:49 pm //

        Oh no im sure we will even finish behind Montreal . You should apply for the job with that outstanding insightful comment you are a shoe in . Montreal is looking for a head coach , go for it .

        • I never said you would finish below Montreal. I said you could quite likely finish 5th in the west. You said you could finish below Montreal. Not really overconfident in tour team, are you?

  7. Ah, deflection and insults! The last defense of the Rider fan.

    • Ridersnhabs // December 12, 2017 at 10:16 pm //

      Um you might want to take a closer look at your comments to see you are actually describing yourself . The anal comments about the stadium etc . If you were a real CFL fan you would be proud that we have stadiums like that in Canada . Instead you choose to bash it and like I said previously I doubt you have even been here .
      Your jealousy is really sad and pathetic.

  8. Blackhawk89 // December 12, 2017 at 10:10 pm //

    Corky cashes up for 1 more year.

  9. Good move by Riders and Jones. Success the Riders had in 2017 should only get better in 2018.

  10. The problem with you Rider fans is you dish it out on a very regular basis, more than any fan base on this site, but you just can’t take it. Perhaps if you stopped dishing it out you wouldn’t have to take it.

    • ummm seems we are taking it very well, we respond to each and every insult hurled at us with about same amount of vitriol that was tossed at us . I have seen Rider fans her be very polite and complinentary to anumber of fans that have been respectful in kind. AS I have said before , folks are just now pissed that rider fans no longer just TURN The other cheek, we have become more aggressive towards trash talking haters that want to speak badly about our province /team/players /coaches and so forth. IT just seems to piss the rest of yall off now that we swing back twice as hard when someone takes a backhanded swipe at us !!! Kind of like how Doubles had his Rider gang RIDE into Calagry year after year and cram the SMUG down oyur throats time aftet time int he western final .. What was that Durants riders 4-0 in western finals agains the STUMPEDERS !!!!!!!

      • Blackhawk89 // December 13, 2017 at 2:08 am //

        Lol oooh look out angry rider fans are mad and not gonna take it anymore. The twisted sister song can be your new theme.

  11. greenenvy? // December 13, 2017 at 1:49 am //

    Doubles????? He of the 3 wins this year & 4 in 2016??? Not sure I’d bring him up.

    • lol yeah probably not the best current example to trot forward, but the DD back in the day was a STUMPEDER KILLER !!!!come playoffs. Poor DD, ahh injuries just caught up to the man, sometimes being tough has its price. Hopefully your man Riely is not going down that same road, he get pounded pretty badly each season , makes the Edmonton oline look a ton better then it is!!!! Riely is indeed one tought dude and worthy of respect, unlike fairy footed ( stone fairy– as in cant move ) BLM.

  12. Bah haha Ghostrider on here talking about culture. What a loser this new Donkey is.

  13. Calgary is such a pathetic city full of hateful rednecks without jobs. Soon no Flames and your CFL stadium is a crumbling dump.

  14. LOL
    I guess if you’re not required to live in Regina you simply DON’T.

    • LOL. Hey laddy buck, come at me when you’ve actually got something to say boy. Otherwise pipe down cause I’m not even a Riders fan but assume all you want you Western unemployed hick. Let the big boys run the country and go back to your empty oil barrel.

    • NO you don’t when you have a million $$$ acerage looking at the beautiful tennesse rockey top mountains ,as jones does!!!!maybe you moron might get it if you acutally travelled out of the seweer village called Calgary!!!! lol its pathetic you talk about culture , hmmmmmm, Calgary was last western city to have a fringe —- even our pathetic little Saskatoon had one for years, hmmmm No comedy festival for years, hmmmmmm on and on and on , hmmmm no folk festival initially etc etc, don’t throw Calgary out as a cultural haven lol the Cowtown stampede is only a cultural event to a bunch of backwater rig pigs !!!!!

      • Ghostrider // December 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm //

        lolololololololololololololololol
        Fringe?
        That’s what is considered culture in Sask?
        Are you kidding?
        Seriously, I assume that’s a joke

        A million dollars? That should buy half the state of Tennessee. That wouldn’t buy 2 average houses in Calgary. Anyways Jones should be able to buy nice property. You are paying him a ransom

  15. RiderPrider // December 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm //

    Uhm, the Riders didn’t lose on a last second field goal…it was a last second touchdown. That’s a pretty big fact to mess up Darrell…

  16. CALGARYSTINKS // December 13, 2017 at 2:59 pm //

    Dear Santa: All I want for xmas is another Stampeder Grey Cup loss in 2018. Also another year of the Flames not making the playoffs lmfao I am very easy to please Santa thanks in advance.

  17. OldBaldGuy // December 14, 2017 at 5:10 pm //

    Poor Quick 6, the TD horse must feel like it’s a step down from his home barn when he has to run at McMahon. There’s a reason the players call it “McHole”.

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