Defensive boss staying in Calgary

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

Scratch Chris Jones from the list of candidates for head coaching jobs in Toronto and Winnipeg.

The Calgary Stampeders defensive co-ordinator has signed an extension with the Red & White, taking his name out of the mix to fill front-man vacancies with the Argonauts and Blue Bombers.

"The Calgary Stampeders have very solid individuals in leadership roles and I feel, at this time, it is in my best interest to learn from them," Jones said.

"My family and I love the city of Calgary and we are very excited about being with the Stampeders in the near future."

Jones had been linked to head-coaching searches in Toronto and Winnipeg, but he'll be back on the sidelines at McMahon Stadium next season, where he will also assume more responsibilities in the Stampeders' player personnel department.

Jones spent six seasons with the Montreal Alouettes organization before being hired by the Stamps two years ago.

His overhauled defensive unit emerged as the stingiest in the league in his first campaign in Calgary, helping the club to a Grey Cup title.

In eight seasons on the CFL sidelines, Jones has never missed the playoffs.

Jones won't have to change the title on his business card, which has always included assistant director of player personnel, but all indications are he'll have even more say on player transactions this season.

"I have appreciated Chris' enthusiasm in his work during the off-season the past two years within our personnel department," said Stampeders coach and GM John Hufnagel.

"With this extension, it not only provides this team with a great defensive co-ordinator, but also an opportunity for Chris to expand his expertise within an organization."


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