The Saskatchewan Roughriders have hired Jason Shivers as defensive coordinator, per sources.
Shivers interviewed for the position over the weekend as the Riders coaching staff met in Las Vegas. There is a feeling among Saskatchewan brass that promoting Shivers to DC will improve the team’s chances of re-signing pending free agent defensive stars such as Willie Jefferson. The 2017 and 2018 CFL all-star was openly campaigning for Shivers to oversee the defence last week.
Shivers has spent six years coaching in the CFL after being hired by Chris Jones in 2013. He’s spent all six seasons alongside the defensive guru who recently took a job with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL.
The 36-year-old Shivers has the most CFL experience coaching among the current Riders defensive staff and knows Jones’ system well, all of which could help smooth the transition for 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. 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.
The Riders have hired internally for general manager (Jeremy O’Day) and head coach (Craig Dickenson) and now defensive coordinator (Shivers) since Jones departed and left three roles to fill.