Chris Jones literally embraced the lifestyle of an Argonaut the last time he coached in Toronto.
Jones lived on his boat while he was with the boatmen for two seasons previously from 2012 to 2013. He was the defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and assistant general manager during that stint and helped the Argos win the 100th Grey Cup.
“You know what, I bought my boat up here in Port Credit. I took it down to Tennessee when I took the Edmonton job. I’m the only guy that can buy a boat — I’m not a boater — and then get a head coaching job and there’s no water or anything there in Edmonton that you can put a boat on,” Jones said on TSN 1050 radio in Toronto.
“I had to drag it home and put it in the marina down there. I took it up to Cleveland and lived on it when I was in the NFL. I ended up selling it recently, so I’m staying in a hotel downtown.”
After defensive coordinator Glen Young was put on leave by the double blue, Jones was hired and he’ll direct the defence for the Argos. He was one month into the Tennessee high school football season when the opportunity came about to join the Argonauts.
The soon-to-be 54-year-old Jones resigned as South Pittsburg High School head coach — his alma mater — to accept what the Argos are calling a defensive consultant position. His contract includes a team option for the 2022 season.