Jones rolling with punches

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

Khari Jones isn't getting a lot of sleep these days.

But not for reasons you might think.

The former Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback, who was traded to the Calgary Stampeders in September, has had quite the off-season.

First of all, Stampeders president Ron Rooke told a Calgary radio station in November that his team would "go hard" after Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Henry Burris when free agency begins in February. The CFL fined Rooke for tampering.

Then, just last week, the man who traded for him -- head coach and general manager Matt Dunigan -- was fired, along with Rooke, by the team's new ownership group.

But that's not why Jones isn't getting a good night's sleep. It's because his wife, Justine, gave birth to the couple's second daughter, Siena, last Monday.

"All of a sudden I'm outnumbered 3-1," Jones said earlier this week, laughing about the female-to-male ratio in his burgeoning family.

His family's new addition, not to mention the 33-year-old's constant state of optimism, has Jones feeling just fine these days.

"It's been good," he said. "I cannot complain."

Jones said he wasn't crestfallen when Dunigan got the boot.

"It's not upsetting," he said. "I would've liked to play under Dunigan. I liked it when he was calling the shots on the sidelines, and I'm grateful to him for bringing me in."

When he was asked if he was happy to see Rooke gone because of his comments about Burris, Jones was his ever-diplomatic self.

DEAL WITH IT

"I was fine with (Rooke's comments)," Jones said. "You have to deal with things like that no matter where you are."

Jones spoke briefly with Tom Higgins before the new coach's press conference last week, but they didn't talk shop. Jones said he is looking forward to playing for Higgins because the former Edmonton Eskimos boss is "very positive."

Another good sign for Jones is the Stamps' hiring yesterday of Steve Buratto as the team's offensive co-ordinator. Buratto, who also interviewed for the same position with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, was B.C.'s offensive co-ordinator last year when the Lions led the league in most offensive categories.

Jones didn't report any problems with his throwing shoulder, and he has one simple goal for the next four months. It has nothing to do with how many quarterbacks the Stamps pick up in free agency.

"I just want to be ready for training camp," he said. "That's it."


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