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Riders to interview Jason Shivers for defensive coordinator job

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Jason Shivers is set to interview for the Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive coordinator position, per sources.

Shivers has spent six years coaching in the CFL, originally hired by Chris Jones in 2013 with each of those six seasons alongside the defensive guru who recently took a job with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL.

The 36-year-old has the most experience coaching in the three-down league currently on the Riders defensive staff and knows Jones’ defence well, which could help the transition be more smooth for the players.

Shivers was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round, 158th overall during the 2004 NFL draft. He was released in the pre-season and spent his rookie season with the Chicago Bears playing in one game making one tackle. Eventually Shivers signed in Toronto to begin his CFL career playing five years for the Argos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Through 56 career games, Shivers recorded 175 tackles and seven interceptions.

Shivers appears to be a logical choice for Saskatchewan as defensive coordinator after the Riders have already hired internally for general manager (Jeremy O’Day) and head coach (Craig Dickenson) since Jones left three roles to fill.

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