Montreal Alouettes owner Gary Stern warned, even before the start of the season, that he wouldn’t be standing still for long if his team started the season on a bad note. The first pawn on the board fell on Wednesday when coach Khari Jones showed the way out.
He is also general manager Danny Maciocia who will take on the interim role until the end of the 2022 season.
“This kind of decision is always difficult to make, but in our eyes it was necessary. It was best to take it early in the season, while there is still time, “Maciocia said in a statement.
The decision comes just days after the embarrassing 41-20 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium. With this setback, the Sparrows thus show a record of 1-3.
Facing the western side, Jones’s club were completely dominated as soon as he returned from half-time. Indiscipline was also a major factor in this defeat and has been a factor that has stood in the way of the Montreal side for some time now.
Jones was also an offensive coordinator for the Als. Since the start of hostilities in the Canadian League in 2022, his attack has only scored six touchdowns, only two of them in the air.
Jones was in the final year of his contract in 2022, having entered the position prior to Maciocia’s hiring. This foreshadowed that he would be the first to leave, in case of a bad start to the season.
The 51-year-old was nominated for the role less than a week before the 2019 campaign began, after Mike Sherman was fired. He had maintained an impressive record, under the circumstances, 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, earning the Montreal organization’s third place in the east and another place in the playoffs. Again, he was shown the exit door in his first match.
Prior to coming to Montreal as an offensive coordinator in 2018, Jones also held a number of positions with the coaching staff of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Roughriders and BC Lions.
In addition to his coaching experience, Jones also has a few years behind him as a player, having served as a quarterback for 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, versus 104 interceptions.
Manager 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 ALS, his third stint in life with the organization, and will take on the role of defensive coordinator, as well as looking after the defenders.
Hired in 2020 as a defensive manager, the former Canadian Football League (CFL) star safety is very close to Jones.
The defensive unit of the Alouettes has been dominant only once this season. Without being mean, she was terribly lacking in consistency. After four games, she is next to last in the league in running yards (427) and in the majors in aerial plays (5).
Before becoming a manager in 2010 with the BC Lions, Miles played 12 seasons in the CFL, six of which were with the Alouettes. He is the second in league history for theft and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2018.