Argonauts head coach Scott Milanovich quits to join NFL’s Jaguars

Scott Milanovich has resigned as head coach of the Toronto Argonauts to become the quarterbacks coach of the NFL’s Jacksonsville Jaguars.

“I would like to thank the Argonauts’ ownership, president and CEO Michael Copeland, the staff, all the players and coaches, and most importantly, the wonderful city of Toronto and the loyal fans for the opportunity to serve as your head coach for the past five seasons,” Milanovich said in a statement released by the Jaguars. “This has been an amazing experience for my family and me, and we’re so appreciative of all the wonderful friends we’ve made and memories we’ve created in Toronto.”

The news was first reported by TSN’s

The shocking development comes three days after Copeland fired general manager Jim Barker but left Milanovich place saying in the release that “no further organizational changes are contemplated at this time.” The timing of the move was widely criticized given that the team was eliminated from playoff contention more than three months ago. The uncertainty surrounding the front office – Copeland had said that Milanovich’s fate would be decided by the incoming general manager, who has not yet been hired – undoubtedly played a role in Milanovich’s decision to leave.

Milanovich coached 10 seasons in the CFL, including a five-year stint with the Montreal Alouettes from 2007 to 2011. He joined the Argos as head coach the following season and promptly led the team to a championship, winning the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto (he was also named coach of the year.). However, the Argos have missed the playoffs two of the last three seasons and Milanovich has a 43-47 record over the past five years.

While a number of names have cropped up in association with the Toronto general manager’s job – including Chris Rossetti, the former Argonauts front office staffer now with the Miami Dolphins and Tom Clements, the former CFL player and NFL executive who was recently let go by the Packers – filling the head coaching position could be even more difficult. CFL teams lose the ability to talk to assistants employed by other teams at the end of the month, four days from now.