Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Chris Jones should fire defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones.
That suggestion came from a caller to our Green Zone post-game show. After watching the Riders lose 30-15 to the B.C. Lions, it’s again obvious that Jones needs to divest some of his responsibilities. Jones’ ultra-conservative defence has been ineffective, so inserting a new co-ordinator can’t hurt. Jones evidently can’t be the head coach, general manager, vice-president of football operations and defensive co-ordinator, all at the same time.
Jones is spread so thin with his responsibilities that he can’t deal with his most important task – making the Roughriders into a team. A head coach needs to have an honest relationship with his players. He needs to know who they are, their strengths and weaknesses, how they fit into the team dynamic. Jones has to focus on that duty and let someone else handle the more mundane duties of co-ordinating the defence.