Gary Stern, owner of the Montreal Alouettes, warned before the season started that if his team got off to a bad start, he wouldn’t stand by and do nothing. The first pawn on the chessboard fell on Wednesday as head coach Khari Jones showed the way out.
It is also general manager Danny Maciocia who will fill the role on an interim basis until the conclusion of the 2022 season.
“Such decisions are always difficult to make, but in our eyes it was necessary. It was better to take 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 now have a record of 1-3.
Jones’ club was completely dominated against the west team after returning from the half-time break. Indiscipline was also a major factor in that loss and is a factor that has hampered the Montreal side for quite some time.
Jones also served as offensive coordinator for the Alss. Since the Canadian League hostilities began in 2022, his offense has scored just six touchdowns, just two of them through the air.
Jones was in the final year of his contract in 2022, having assumed the position before Maciocia was hired. This indicated that in the event of a poor start to the season, he would be the first to go.
The 51-year-old was tapped into the role less than a week before the start of the 2019 campaign after Mike Sherman was fired. He had maintained an impressive 10-8 record under the circumstances, good for second place in the Eastern Conference this season. However, the Alouettes 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 and secured the Montreal organization’s third-place finish in the East and another playoff spot. Once again she was shown the exit door in her first match.
Before joining Montreal in 2018 as offensive coordinator, Jones also held a number of coaching staff positions with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Roughriders and BC Lions.
In addition to his coaching experience, Jones also has a number of years as a player, having served as quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calgary Stampeders and the 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 Alss, his third year with the organization, and will take on the role of defensive coordinator in addition to overseeing the defensive backs.
The former Canadian Football League (CFL) safety star, who was hired as defensive backs coach in 2020, is very close to Jones.
The Alouettes’ defense has only been dominant once this season. Without being bad, she was terribly lacking in consistency. After four games, she ranks second to bottom in the league in rushing yards (427) and majors in aerial plays (5).
Before becoming a BC Lions coach in 2010, Miles played 12 seasons in the CFL, including six with the Alouettes. He is second in league history for steals and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2018.