The Montreal Alouettes have initiated talks on retaining head coach Khari Jones.
Nothing is imminent, I can’t imagine, but heard from a league source #AlsMTL president Patrick Boivin has started the process of negotiations with head coach Khari Jones and his agent, Gil Scott
— Herb Zurkowsky (@HerbZurkowsky1) November 4, 2019
Jones’ contract runs out at the end of the 2019 season. He was the offensive coordinator for Montreal when the Als relived Mike Sherman of his duties just days prior to kick-off for the 2019 season. Jones was promoted to the head coach role, adding bench boss duties to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
The former CFL quarterback is the Alouettes’ seventh head coach in as many years: Dan Hawkins, 2013; Jim Popp, 2013, 2015-2016; Tom Higgins, 2014-2015; Jacques Chapdelaine, 2016-2017; Reed, 2017; Sherman, 2018; and Jones, 2019.
But Montreal is trying to keep continuity with the man who has changed the direction of the franchise. The 48-year-old led the Als to a 10-8 record and first post-season appearance since 2014, breaking a franchise long streak out of the playoffs which was four years.
If Montreal let Jones get to the open coaching market he would be a highly sought after head coaching candidate. The Alouettes must lock up Jones.