Redblacks offensive coordinator Jaime Elizondo resigns, plans to take XFL job

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Jaime Elizondo has resigned from his position as offensive coordinator with the Ottawa Redblacks, per sources.

Elizondo is said to be taking a job in the XFL with the Tampa Bay franchise, which recently hired Marc Trestman as head coach.

The Toronto Argonauts and B.C. Lions interviewed Elizondo for their head coaching positions in December. However, after Chris Jones left for a job with the Cleveland Browns, Redblacks general manager Marcel Desjardins denied Saskatchewan’s request to meet with Elizondo regarding the Riders top coaching role.

Trevor Harris had the two most prolific passing yardage totals under Elizondo including his first 5,000-yard season during the 2018 schedule. Harris left Ottawa in free agency to sign a $1.1 million contract with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Elizondo came to Ottawa after time with the Argos as a receivers and quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. He spent the 2008 season as a receivers coach and special teams assistant in Montreal with the Alouettes while Trestman was head coach.

Elizondo had been Ottawa’s offensive play caller for three seasons, helping the Redblacks win the Grey Cup in 2016.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.