Former CFL head coach and general manager Chris Jones had a hand in the Cleveland Browns run to the AFC Divisional Round.
The Browns visited Kansas City for a match-up with the reigning Super Bowl champion Chiefs. Cleveland lost 22-17 after Patrick Mahomes was knocked out in the third quarter.
“I don’t believe for one second that Chris Jones is going to be out in Cleveland after Sunday’s loss, and appears to be a part of a miraculous turnaround with the Browns,” Saskatchewan media man Rod Pedersen wrote.
Jones spent the 2020 season as the senior defensive assistant with the Browns as Cleveland produced an 11-5 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 2002. During the AFC Wild Card Round, the Browns beat the rival Steelers 48-37 for their first post-season win since 1994.
The 53-year-old Jones signed two-year contract with Cleveland in January 2019, which expires following the current season. Other NFL teams conducted extensive research on Jones and gained insight into the former Mr. Everything in Saskatchewan prior to him accepting the job with the Browns.
According to 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk, head coach Kevin Stefanski called Jones and made it clear he wasn’t being forced on him as a holdover from the previous group of coaches in Cleveland. Instead, Stefanski did his own background work on Jones.
Following a winning season during his first year as bench boss, it will be intriguing to see what Stefanski does with Jones.