He has a style all his own, but he does promote thought and some decent conversation. After reading your first (or 2nd or 3rd) "Lets Fire Somebody" thread of the early season, I actually decided to research our new OCs coaching history. After doing so, I definitely came away with more hope than despair. What I discovered about Khari Jones after asking myself, "Why does this Dude keep getting hired by supposedly knowledgeable CFL HCs and or GMs ?.
Jones started his coaching career in 2009 in Hamilton as a QB coach and has been a part of staffs in Hamilton, Regina, Vancouver, and now here, every year since. Until last season in BC, every team he has been a part of had made the playoffs. Thats a good thing.
In 2010, I think his first year as an OC, Hamilton signed Kevin Glenn as their starter. KG has been in the league 18 yrs. In 2010, KG had his best season, with 33 TDs vs 17 Ints (+16), while throwing for over 5106 yards, which he surpassed only one other time in Winnipeg (5117, 26 TDs, 13 Ints). So KG, who has been around forever had his best season under our current OC. I must admit, I wasn't paying attention. Btw, KG in 18 seasons has never thrown for 30 TDs again. Coincidence ?, maybe.
Jones moved to the Riders along with Corey Chamblin in 2012 as his OC/QB coach. In his two seasons in Regina, Darian Durant threw for 52 Tds vs 24 Ints, (21-12, 31-12 (+19)). DD's best two season run, and he never threw for 30 Tds in a season again. The Riders won the Grey Cup in 2013. Coincidence ?, maybe. In fairness, George Cortez was the OC in 2013, but Jones was the QBC, learning his craft under George Cortez. Thats a good thing.
In 2014, Wally Buono, hires Jones as his OC. Lulay was around for two games before missing the rest due to injury. Buono brings Glenn as an emergency replacement. Glenn, while not having a great year, still led the Lions to the playoffs. . In 2015, Buono brought Cortez back as OC, while retaining Jones as QBC to tutor his young QBs. Lulay lasts half a season, Jennings emerges as a promising prospect. In 2016, with Jones again the OC/QBC, and Lulay still out, Jennings emerges as a legitimate starter. As a first time full time starter, Jennings throws for 5226 yards, 27 Tds vs 15 Ints. Under Khari Jones ?, who is this guy ?. In 2017, Jennings and Lulay both got beat up, BC took a step back and Wally and Jones missed the playoffs for their first time in their respective coaching careers.
Having took the time to research this Dude, I feel a whole lot better about our staff. Sherman obviously knows the game. I happen to think Jason Tucker is one of, if not the best receivers coach in the league. Fact is, if we just had Kevin Glenn right now, we would be in really good shape. Its really as simple as that, one player can change the landscape here. But I'm feeling a little bit better about our staff, and even what Kavis is trying to put together. It takes time, and really ?, I think if we can find us a serviceable QB, Jones can make it work. But "Fire Him" ?, and hire who as OC ?. George Cortez ?. thanks Johnny TiCat Slayer, because of you, I feel a little better now.