The Alouettes fire their head coach

Montreal Alouettes owner Gary Stern had warned before the start of the season that he would not sit still for long if his team got off to a bad start. The first pawn on the chessboard fell on Wednesday when head coach Khari Jones was shown the way out.

It is also general manager Danny Maciocia who will take on the role on an interim basis until the end of the 2022 season.

“These kinds of decisions are always difficult to make, but it was necessary in our view. It was better to make it early in the season, while there is still time,” Maciocia said in a statement.

The decision comes days after an embarrassing 41-20 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium. With this setback, the Sparrows show a record of 1-3.

Against the Western team, Jones’ club was completely dominated once they came back from half-time. Indiscipline was also a major factor in this defeat and has been a factor that has hindered the Montreal squad for quite some time.

Jones also served as offensive coordinator for the Als. Since hostilities began in the Canadian League in 2022, his offense has scored just six touchdowns, only two of them through the air.

Jones was in the final year of his contract in 2022, having taken the position before Maciocia was hired. This predicted that in the event of a bad start to the season, he would be the first to leave.

The 51-year-old was hired in the role less than a week before the start of the 2019 campaign, after Mike Sherman was fired. Under the circumstances, he had maintained an impressive record of 10-8, good for second place in the Eastern Conference that season. However, the Alouettes had dropped the flag in the first round of the playoffs.

Jones returned to the collar in 2021 after the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19. During that shortened season, he went 7-7, giving the Montreal organization third place in the East and another playoff spot. Again she was shown the exit door in her first game.

Prior to arriving in Montreal in 2018 as an offensive coordinator, Jones also held several coaching staff positions for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Roughriders and BC Lions.

In addition to his coaching experience, Jones is also a few years behind as a player, having served as quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calgary Stampeders and Lions. In 130 games, he completed 57.1% of his stints, for 21,383 yards and 145 touchdown passes, against 104 interceptions.

Head coach Khari Jones wasn’t the only one to lose his job with the Montreal Alouettes on Wednesday, as defensive coordinator Barron Miles also left.

Noel Thorpe will return to the Als, his third career with the organization, and will take on the role of defensive coordinator, in addition to looking after the defensive backs.

The former Canadian Football League (CFL) star safety, who was hired as a defensive backs coach in 2020, is very close to Jones.

The defensive unit of the Alouettes has only been dominant once this season. Without being bad, the hair was terribly lacking in consistency. After four games, she is second to last in the league in rushing yards (427) and majors in aerial plays (5).

Before joining the BC Lions in 2010, Miles played 12 seasons in the CFL, six of which were with the Alouettes. He ranks second in league history for steals and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

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