It’s over for Khari Jones as head coach of the Alouettes. He was released on Wednesday. General manager Danny Maciocia will replace him on the sidelines through the end of the season.
Posted at 5:30 p.m
Updated at 6:00 p.m
The difficult start to the season caught the US coach, who has been in office since 2019. The Alouettes have only won one game in four games.
The sensitive 41:20 defeat against the Saskatchewan Roughriders last Saturday was his swan song. Even though the Alouettes are only second in the Eastern standings, they are level on points with the Toronto Argonauts in first place.
“Such decisions are always difficult to make, but in our eyes it was necessary,” Maciocia said in a statement. Better to take it early in the season while there is still time. »
Following the thaw against the Riders, team owner Gary Stern tweeted that the Alouettes had been “killed” and it was time to “regroup.” To a supporter who called for a change of coach, he only replied with a very mysterious “patience”.
Spring break was obviously a good time for a big clean. Especially since Montreal will host the circuit’s worst team, the Edmonton Elks, when they play again.
Defensive coordinator Barron Miles was also fired. Noel Thorpe will return to the Alouettes by taking over Miles’ duties. Thorpe also held this position with the Sparrows from 2013 to 2017.
It’s a return to the helm of a CFL team for Maciocia, who was Edmonton’s head coach from 2005-2008. He won the Gray Cup in his first season in Alberta.
sense of urgency
The past week has been crucial in Jones’ fate. The Alouettes started the season with two defeats. Questions about the head coach’s future were already surfacing.
The team eventually won their first home game of a home-away series with the Roughriders. In the previous week against Toronto, he had replaced his quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. with veteran Trevor Harris during the game. sign of some urgency.
“I don’t read the articles or watch TV, so I don’t think about it too much,” he had told the colleague The press Miguel Bujold. I can’t take care of things I have no control over. If I go, I go. What worries me is finding a way to win the next game, not so much for me as for the team. »
The organization’s need for victory goes beyond good performance. The pandemic years were financially disastrous. The past seasons, before 2019, were sporty like that. The club wants to regain prominence in the Quebec market.
In the end, Khari Jones won’t be able to capitalize on the momentum of 2019, when he partnered with quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. in the franchise’s surprise revival.
Additionally, the two men fired Wednesday had not been hired by general manager Maciocia. It will likely be an opportunity to start over on new foundations next season, with candidates being chosen within the framework of a slightly more congruent vision.