Riders’ offensive coordinator Stephen McAdoo to interview with Redblacks for head coach job

Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive coordinator Stephen McAdoo is set to interview with the Ottawa Redblacks for their vacant head coach job, per sources.

McAdoo is believed to have made between $150,000 and $200,000 on the one-year extension through 2019 signed last off-season. The former CFL offensive lineman has spent the past four seasons with the Riders.

McAdoo was integral in the rise of quarterback Cody Fajardo. He was the assistant head coach and play caller and should be given credit for the success of the offence and building the playbook around the new face of the franchise.

As Saskatchewan’s starter, Fajardo led the Riders to a 12-4 record and first in the West Division at 13-5. He threw for 4,302 yards while completing over 71 per cent of his passes with 18 touchdowns against eight interceptions in his first season as a No. 1 QB. The dual-threat pivot used his legs for 611 yards and 10 touchdowns on 107 rushing attempts, averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

Fajardo led the league in passing yards, running back William Powell was second in the CFL rushing for 1,093 yards and tied for first in rushing touchdowns with 12. Shaq Evans had a breakout season producing 1,334 yards and five touchdowns on 72 receptions. The Riders scored 487 offensive points, third most in the league and recorded 6,715 offensive yards, most in the West Division (373.1 per game).

McAdoo was the Edmonton Eskimos offensive coordinator for two seasons, including when the Esks won the 2015 Grey Cup. He spent four seasons as the offensive line coach for the Toronto Argonauts and four with the Montreal Alouettes in various offensive roles. Current Ottawa Redblacks general manager Marcel Desjardins worked with McAdoo during a stint with the Als.

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