Nobody wants a lame-duck coach.
If the Saskatchewan Roughriders had not extended the contract of Chris Jones, he would have been a lame-duck coach in the 2018 CFL season.
Lame-duck coaches are in the last year of their contracts. They lose their effectiveness — nobody listens to them because the players know someone else will be in charge next year. Or else the lame-duck coach over-reacts, making desperate moves while overlooking the long-term health of the franchise.
Jones joined the Roughriders in 2016 and signed a three-year contract. After winning five games in his first season, the Roughriders doubled that total in 2017 and nearly beat the eventual winners, the Toronto Argonauts, to get into the Grey Cup.
Jones assembled a huge entourage around him and built a team capable of regularly competing for a championship. That was the goal when Jones was hired, so the very least he deserved was extending his deal through 2019, one year past the lame-duck stage.