CFL – Football: The Alouettes sack Khari Jones and Barron Miles

MONTREAL – The Montreal Alouettes fired head coach Khari Jones and replaced him on Wednesday with Danny Maciocia.

Maciocia is also the general manager of the team.

The Montreal club has a record of one win and three defeats this season. Last Saturday, the Birds were corrected 41-20 in Saskatchewan. The team’s next game will take place on July 14 in Montreal, against Edmonton.

The Alouettes have indicated that Maciocia will serve as head coach until the end of the current season. Thursday at 2.30 pm he will meet the media via video conference.

The team also fired defensive coordinator Barron Miles, who replaced Noel Thorpe. The latter will also lead the defensive backs.

“These kinds of decisions are always difficult to make, but it was necessary in our view,” Maciocia said. Better to take it early in the season. †

“We thank Khari Jones and Barron Miles for their work and wish them every success in the future. †

Maciocia returned to the Alouettes in January 2020 as the team’s general manager.

Jones set an 18-18 record at the helm of the Alouettes, a role he has held since the start of the 2019 season.

Last December, at the time of rating a 7-7 season, Maciocia’s support for Jones was mediocre, while he did not confirm his return in office.

As part of that assessment, Maciocia, Jones and team principal Mario Cecchini said they were disappointed with the past campaign, especially the team’s lack of discipline.

“We win as a team and lose as a team. But I told Coach Jones that the indiscipline and the work in the special teams was unsatisfactory, Maciocia explained. We weren’t opportunistic either. who have lost these matches. We were quite soft.”

Jones was aware of this (because of the indiscipline).

“That’s up to me,” Jones said. I am not proud of this aspect. I will make sure from the start of next season that we find ways to get the message across, be it fines, benching players or releasing them. We will do whatever it takes to lift these sanctions. †

Maciocia started his professional career in 1996 in Montreal as a quality control coach. He quickly moved up the ranks with the Alouettes, becoming the formation’s offensive coordinator in 2001, before holding the same position in Edmonton from 2002 to 2004, where he helped the team engrave its name on the Gray Cup, in 2003.

Edmonton then named him the team’s coach in 2005; he then became the first Quebecer to hold the position of head coach in the CFL.

Maciocia won the Gray Cup in his first season, after an overtime win against the Alouettes. In 2007, he became general manager of the Edmonton team.

In nine seasons with the University of Montreal Carabins, from 2010 to 2020, Maciocia went 57-16-0.

He won a Vanier Cup and the Dunsmore Cup three times, awarded to RSEQ champions.

Thorpe began his CFL career in Montreal in 2002, winning the Gray Cup in his first season after six years in college with UBC and Simon Fraser.

In 1997 he won the Vanier Cup with the UBC Thunderbirds.

At Montreal, Thorpe led special teams and defensive backs from 2002 to 2007. From 2013 to 2017, he was a defensive coordinator and assistant coach.

He joins Danny Maciocia, with whom he worked in Edmonton in 2010, and with the Carabins in 2011 and 2012, when he was the special teams coordinator.

In November 2019, the Alouettes signed a three-year pact to Jones, a former quarterback for 11 seasons in the Canadian League.

Jones started his coaching career in 2009 with Hamilton. He led the quarterbacks there for two seasons, then the offense the following season.

In 2013, he was in charge of quarterbacks for the Roughriders when the team won the Gray Cup in Regina.

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