Former Montreal Alouettes’ head coach Khari Jones has publicly addressed his firing from the team for the first time, releasing a statement on his personal Twitter account.
“Thank you to all of the Montreal Alouettes players, coaches, and staff. I’m disappointed in how it ended — I loved my time as the Head Coach of the Alouettes. We found ways to win when the odds were against us, played with passion and joy, and fought hard every game.
We made the playoffs both years I was the Head Coach, amid no ownership, new ownership and many moving parts. I am so proud of all of the players on our team. And a big thank you to the fans and the city of Montreal. We really appreciated YOUR passion and joy in the stands.
I will miss exploring the city, but I leave feeling grateful for the opportunity to lead this team.”
Jones was fired on Wednesday after a 1-3 start to the 2022 season, his third at the helm of the Alouettes. General manager Danny Maciocia has taken over as the team’s head coach for the remainder of the season, blaming team discipline issues for the decision.
The former CFL quarterback and 2001 Most Outstanding Player was hired as the offensive coordinator in Montreal in 2018 and earned a surprise promotion to head coach one week before the start of the 2019 season when the club parted ways with Mike Sherman.
He would go on to make consecutive playoff appearances and posted an 18-18 regular-season record at the helm, but managed to go just 2-7 in his last nine games