You'd think this thread would have been more active.
Here's my somewhat pointless contribution. According to Wikipedia, Jones' star college QB at one point was Timmy Chang. Had things played out differently, Chang could have been in the sunset years of a stellar career with the Tiger-Cats right about now. Of course, if he'd turned out to be the answer at QB, our revolving door of QBs and head coaches would have also looked a lot different, meaning we probably wouldn't be calling on Jones for help in 2017.
It may be because the changes to the forums have messed things up. The link doesn't work for me on ticats.ca on my laptop or my mobile. Only way I can get here is to go to forums.cfl.ca home page and then choose the Ticats section. I hope they get this fixed soon.
Apart from that, I think this hiring is a good one. I'm hoping he can help get Zach straightened out. How much difference it will make remains to be seen... there are other things wrong with this team.
Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase " Is it June yet ? " . My guess is that if things continue to go south with this team this season that we'll eventually be seeing J.J. wearing the Head Coaches hat before too long with Kent being kicked upstairs to a desk job before seasons end . If not I could see Jones stepping into the role at seasons end and starting 2018 as our new HC .
I like the fact that such a great football mind like June Jones is with us, but, what good is a run and shoot offence going to do when Austin has made Collaros a pocket passer. :o
I certainly can see Masoli thriving in that type of offence
Could be a sign at years end Austin will step back, maintain more of a executive role and hand the reigns over to Jones. This season could be more of Jones mentoring the OC in prep for next season to take over the duties full time if Jones becomes HC. I think this is a sign that Austin finally realizes he is willing to admit he is wearing too many hats and is in over is head. A 60-1 whooping will do that to a person
I read somewhere that June Jones' contract is only til the end of the season. But, I think, that could be to allow both parties to get a feel of the situation before committing longer term.
I have nothing to hang this on, but I have a feeling that Jones MAY become the head coach after this season. He has an offense oriented mind, leans toward Austin's kind of throw first playbook, and is capable of mentoring quarterbacks (Collaros, Masoli).
He could also have the connections to bring in a DC and special teams coach to improve the quality of both.
At worst this gives the Cats someone who can mentor their very green OC. All the Hats Austin wears I think he was thrown to the wolves and learning on the go which is why play calling was pulled so quickly. Austin simply doesn't have the time to properly mentor him.