Former Ottawa Redblacks offensive coordinator Jaime Elizondo has officially been named to the Tampa Bay Vipers coaching staff in the XFL.
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3DownNation insider Justin Dunk first reported in April Elizondo resigned from the Redblacks in order to become the offensive coordinator and receivers coach for the Tampa Bay XFL franchise.
The Toronto Argonauts and B.C. Lions interviewed Elizondo for their head coaching positions in December 2018. 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 in January.
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. The departure surprised Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell. Without Elizondo — and Harris — Ottawa has the lowest-scoring offence in the CFL.