“Real and unexpected progress.”
That’s how team president Patrick Boivin would define the 2019 Montreal Alouettes’ season and it has everything to do with the coach he is in the process of locking up.
“We have every expectation that Khari (Jones) is here next year. We’re going along with the safe assumption that its going to happen.”
That’s what the man in charge had to say as he sat beside the over-achieving coach for the year end press conference.
For his part, Jones seemed equally as excited about the possibility of staying in Montreal, even if he has yet to put pen to paper.
“I’m very excited with what we’re building here. I feel like we’re on that track (for a contract extension).”
Plenty of other questions swirl around the Alouettes, and there still aren’t many answers to go around. Prospective owners for the league-run franchise have been informed of extension talks but are not directly involved.
Then there is the question of a general manager, generally the man in charge of coaching hires. The future architect of the Alouettes still has not been hired and Jones is keeping his hands clean of any decisions regarding his future boss.
“I just want to be able to work with whoever that person is and work effectively. As for choosing the GM, I’ll leave that up to Patrick. If he wants me to be involved, I’ll be involved.”
Boivin is not undertaking the search alone, however, as it was announced that CFL legend Wally Buono has been retained by the club in an advisory role to aid in the GM search.
The de facto team leader is still just taking it one task at a time, and re-signing Jones remains his top priority.
“Not only do I believe it’s essential but it’s essential to an aspiring championship team. Not only is (Khari) the right guy for the job, but the Montreal Alouettes deserve some stability.”