Ottawa Redblacks add former Riders’ receivers coach Travis Moore, finalize 2023 coach staff

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The Ottawa Redblacks have finalized their coaching staff for the 2023 CFL season, featuring a number of changes under new head coach Bob Dyce.

Khari Jones will serve as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach, while Barron Miles will serve as the defensive coordinator. The club has also added former Saskatchewan Roughriders’ receivers coach Travis Moore as receivers coach and pass game coordinator and Nate Taylor as running backs coach.

Alex Suber, who coached the club’s receivers in 2022, will work with the defensive backs next season, while defensive line coach Mike Phair has added the title of run game coordinator. Offensive line coach Paul Charbonneau and linebackers coach Patrick Bourgon will remain in the same roles from a year ago, while Cory McDiarmid, who joined the club late last season, will stay on as special teams coach.

The club also confirmed that defensive coordinator Mike Benevides, quarterbacks coach Will Arndt, and defensive backs coach Greg Knox will not return.

“I’m thrilled to announce this new group of coaches for the Ottawa Redblacks. I’ve worked side by side with all of these individuals in the past and, not only are they great coaches, communicators and teachers, they are also men of character,” said Dyce.

“This is a group that is committed to working together with players both in the meeting rooms and on the field to ensure success. They have won everywhere they have been and we’re fortunate to have them all in Ottawa.”

Dyce took over as the team’s interim head coach last season following the dismissal of Paul LaPolice. The club went 1-3 under his guidance and, following an extensive interview process, he was named Ottawa’s full-time head coach on Dec. 2. The additions of Jones and Miles were previously reported.

Moore served as Ottawa’s receivers coach from 2014 to 2017, appearing in two Grey Cups and winning one in 2016. He has been a position coach in the CFL for 14 years, most recently with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and played in the league for 10 seasons as a member of the Calgary Stampeders and Riders.

Taylor has not previously coached at the CFL level. The Montreal native and former Concordia Stingers’ defensive back was most recently the offensive coordinator and receivers coach for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees. He initially joined the school as the special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 2016.