Roughriders extend Chris Jones through 2019 season

Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach, general manager and vice-president of football operations Chris Jones has signed an extension though the 2019 CFL season.

Head coach, GM, VP of football ops has 15-21 record in 2 years with CFL team

Roughriders head coach, GM and VP of football operations Chris Jones has signed a contract extension though the 2019 season. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have extended the contract of head coach Chris Jones through the 2019 season. 

Jones was entering the final year of his three-year deal and said he's pleased by the extension because he enjoys the people he works with and the team's supporters. 
If we don't win a Grey Cup it's a failure.- Chris Jones, Roughriders head coach and GM 

"We've got great fans. Certainly they're very passionate and want to win every game and where would you rather be other than a place like that?" said Jones, the head coach, general manager and vice-president of football operations. 

The extension offers the team an opportunity to keep building it up, Jones said. 

"We try and win a Grey Cup every year, and quite honestly our motto is if we don't win a Grey Cup it's a failure," he said.

The coach noted nobody's expectations of the team are higher than their own. Jones said he expects the team to win every game played, and still isn't over the last loss. 

"We've got a bad taste in our mouth and look forward to getting started." 

"It was important for our organization to create continuity within our football operations to build on the strong foundation that's been established," said Roughriders CEO Craig Reynolds.

"Chris is a proven winner and has surrounded himself with a valuable support system of experienced individuals. Under their guidance, we look forward to our football team taking the next step on-field."

The Roughriders were 5-13 in Jones' first season at the helm. The team improved to 10-8 last season and finished fourth in the West Division.

The Roughriders beat the Ottawa Redblacks 31-20 in the first round of the playoffs but later lost in the Eastern Division final to the eventual Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts.

Jones, 50, is entering his fifth season as a CFL head coach. His career record is 41-31.

He won the Grey Cup in 2015 with the Edmonton Eskimos. 

Riders extend football operations staff

The Riders have also extended the contracts of front office personnel Jeremy O'Day, John Murphy and Mike Davis.

Each signed two-year extensions, keeping them under contract with the Riders through 2019.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.