Hamilton has decided to add former Montreal Alouettes head coach Khari Jones to their staff as a Football Operations Consultant. When head coach Orlondo Steinauer was asked about why this personnel move was being made, he responded “resources like this are not usually available” and he said, “we are adding value to value.” It has been predicted that Jones is being brought in to potentially replace offensive coordinator Tommy Condell, but that does not currently appear to be the intention of the move at this time. The Tiger-Cats appear to plan on using Jones in a true consultant role to troubleshoot their process in all phases of the Tiger-Cats. Steinauer added, “one thing we won’t stay is the same, and sometimes we have to be innovative and creative.”
Khari Jones comes to this role with the Tiger-Cats after spending time as the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes from 2019 – week 4 of the 2022 season. During that time Jones also served as the offensive coordinator of the Alouettes since 2018. For the last two seasons, the Alouettes had built a reputation under Jones for having one of the best offensive teams in the CFL. Jones has also spent time as a quarterback coach and offensive coordinator for Hamilton in 2011, quarterback coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 2012 – 2013, and offensive coordinator for the BC Lions from 2014 – 2017. Jones also is regarded for his knowledge of special teams and has a wealth of experience in game planning against the teams in the CFL East. The Tiger-Cats seem hopeful that by adding Jones they will continue to show improvement and give themselves to continue winning games after getting their first win in Week 6.
In addition to adding Khari Jones, the Tiger-Cats also acquired Canadian linebacker, Jarek Richards. The 26-year-old, 5’11”, 200-pound linebacker was drafted by the Tiger-Cats in the CFL draft in 2021. During the 2021 season, Richards played in 5 games and registered one tackle on special teams. Richards was drafted after playing U Sports football for Saint Mary’s University from 2017 to 2019. This move is an attempt to rebuild depth after linebacker Simoni Lawrence was added to the 6-game injured list on Friday before the Tiger-Cats played the Redblacks.
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