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New Riders assistant GM needs to find a quarterback ASAP

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There have been some legendary scouts in the CFL, guys whose ability to find players consistently helps their teams vie for Grey Cup championships.Roy Shivers. Frank Morris. Ray Newman. Nick Volpe. Jim Popp. Eric Tillman. And Paul Jones . . . definitely Paul Jones! If the reports from 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk are accurate — and he’s cruising in the 100-percentile range — Jones is about to join the Saskatchewan Roughriders as an assistant general manager. 

Through 30-plus years working in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos — for whom he worked the longest and most recently — Jones is credited with finding all-stars like Milt Stegall, Elfrid Payton, Fred Stamps and Shannon Garrett. Such finds have earned him a reputation as the league’s best talent evaluator. 

Jones’ agreement with the Eskimos has apparently expired and he’s joining Chris Jones (no relation) but Saskatchewan’s vice-president of football operations, general manager and head coach. They last worked together in 2015, when their Eskimos won the Grey Cup before Chris Jones was lured away by the Roughriders. 

Paul Jones has held numerous titles with his various organizations, ranging from scout to personnel director to general manager, none of which have forced him to leave his home base in Alabama. He makes appearances during training camps and the season, but most of Jones’ time is spent nurturing relationships with college and pro contacts throughout the U.S., working out prospects and watching games. In 2010, Paul Jones was inducted into the Ourlads Hall of Fame for football scouts. 

Paul Jones appears to be replacing John Murphy, who spent three seasons as Saskatchewan’s assistant vice president of football operations and player personnel. Murphy reportedly refused a 10 per cent pay cut and recently left the community-owned franchise

Chris Jones said there will be salary and wage reductions across the board as the Roughriders streamline their huge coaching and administrative staffs to abide by new CFL-mandated caps, but they haven’t announced the fate of any assistant coaches or Jeremy O’Day, the assistant vice-president of football operations and administration. 

The Roughriders improved from five victories to 10 to 12 during Chris Jones’ three seasons in Saskatchewan. While the team’s defensive roster has been solidified with great players like end Willie Jefferson and cornerback Nick Marshall, the Roughriders have struggled to construct a cohesive offence while trying to rebuild their receiving corps and stabilize the offensive line. The biggest issue has been the lack of a dependable quarterback and it’s imperative that Paul Jones finds someone who can fill that role.

Through 30-plus years working in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos — for whom he worked the longest and most recently — Jones is credited with finding all-stars like Milt Stegall, Elfrid Payton, Fred Stamps and Shannon Garrett. Such finds have earned him a reputation as the league’s best talent evaluator. 

Jones’ agreement with the Eskimos has apparently expired and he’s joining Chris Jones (no relation) but Saskatchewan’s vice-president of football operations, general manager and head coach. They last worked together in 2015, when their Eskimos won the Grey Cup before Chris Jones was lured away by the Roughriders. 

Paul Jones has held numerous titles with his various organizations, ranging from scout to personnel director to general manager, none of which have forced him to leave his home base in Alabama. He makes appearances during training camps and the season, but most of Jones’ time is spent nurturing relationships with college and pro contacts throughout the U.S., working out prospects and watching games. In 2010, Paul Jones was inducted into the Ourlads Hall of Fame for football scouts. 

Paul Jones appears to be replacing John Murphy, who spent three seasons as Saskatchewan’s assistant vice president of football operations and player personnel. Murphy reportedly refused a 10 per cent pay cut and recently left the community-owned franchise

Chris Jones said there will be salary and wage reductions across the board as the Roughriders streamline their huge coaching and administrative staffs to abide by new CFL-mandated caps, but they haven’t announced the fate of any assistant coaches or Jeremy O’Day, the assistant vice-president of football operations and administration. 

The Roughriders improved from five victories to 10 to 12 during Chris Jones’ three seasons in Saskatchewan. While the team’s defensive roster has been solidified with great players like end Willie Jefferson and cornerback Nick Marshall, the Roughriders have struggled to construct a cohesive offence while trying to rebuild their receiving corps and stabilize the offensive line. The biggest issue has been the lack of a dependable quarterback and it’s imperative that Paul Jones finds someone who can fill that role.

Since Chris Jones’ arrival, he has alienated and dumped veteran quarterback Darian Durant in 2016, had limited success platooning veteran Kevin Glenn and prospect Brandon Bridge in 2017 then relied on Zach Collaros, a proven pivot whose 2018 season was regularly derailed with concussion issues.

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