Montreal Alouettes’ defensive back Mike Jones felt confident that his team wouldn’t make a first-round exit from the postseason when he paid his rent for the month of November and he intends to get his money’s worth heading into the East Final.
“I was telling guys on the sideline, I said, ‘I ain’t paid my rent for nothing, we’re going to be out here for another three weeks, so we good,'” Jones told the media in Montreal.
The Als won their first playoff game since 2014 in a 28-17 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the East Semi-Final on Sunday. The team scored touchdowns on three of their first four offensive possessions, building a 22-6 lead early in the second quarter. Jones had arguably the best game of career, recording two tackles and two interceptions in the win.
The 27-year-old is no stranger to postseason success as he spent the past two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, winning back-to-back championships as a member of the their secondary. He knows what it takes to make a title run and likes what he’s seen from his teammates behind the scenes in Montreal.
“It was great. I know how it is to be in a locker room like that when the intensity is high, when you’re getting all those wins, especially in the playoff runs that we’re in. Seeing everybody happy, that locker room is ecstatic right now so we’ve gotta keep it going just so we can keep that momentum,” said Jones.
Montreal started the season 2-6 amid a coaching change that saw general manager Danny Maciocia take over from Khari Jones on the bench. The veteran coach joined the Ticats shortly after being fired by the Als, joining them as a football operations consultant.
“We overcame a lot of adversity from the beginning of the season. Bumping into our previous coach, I tell myself, ‘Man, you just gotta hold on to it.’ We are so close and it’s one game away. We just have to hold on to it. It’s right in our arm reach and we just gotta stay locked in,” said Jones.
Maciocia got his first postseason win since the East Semi-Final in 2008 when he was the head coach and general manager in Edmonton. He believes his team is ready to take on the Toronto Argonauts in next week’s East Final despite losing the regular season series by a margin of 2-1.
“We’re not going to Toronto with any complex. We know we can play against them. They’re a good football team, we know we’re going to have to play well but at the same time, we’re just gonna go and do what we do best and we’ll see how it all works itself out,” said Maciocia.
“I don’t have to tell you how [the win] feels. I think you know how it feels. This is huge for this organization and it comes at the right time.”