There’s been a tremendous amount of vitriol directed at Saskatchewan Roughriders boss Chris Jones. That’s hardly newsworthy. Even Grey Cup-winning coaches Cory Chamblin, Kent Austin, John Gregory and Eagle Keys drew the wrath of Roughrider fans.
Jones is under fire for releasing receiver Duron Carter. Most texters and callers to the Green Zone are critical of the move, with many suggesting Jones should be dumped before his contract expires following the 2019 CFL season. This happens whenever Jones waives a popular player, prompting the fans to start questioning his motives.
Never doubt Jones’ motives. Every move he makes, from hiring coaches to deploying players to devising strategies, is designed to make the Riders better. In Carter’s case, Jones decided his football team would have a better chance of winning without Carter. It may seem like backwards logic by dispatching an offensive weapon on a team that needs offensive production, but just like his predecessors, Jones survives or fails based on those decisions.