Stamps defensive co-ordinator jumping ship

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:33 AM ET

CALGARY - The Calgary Stampeders are on the hunt for a new defensive co-ordinator.

Chris Jones, who has spent four seasons at the helm of the Stamps’ defence, will join the Toronto Argonauts once their new head coach Scott Milanovich is announced.

It’s expected Jones will be the Argos’ defensive co-ordinator and assistant head coach, reuniting him with GM Jim Barker, who was with Jones in both Calgary and Montreal.

Barker and Jones are close friends.

Under Jones, the Stamps had the third-best defence in terms of yards allowed in 2011, a season after the team lost three all-star starters.

In 2010, Jones’ group was the stingiest in the CFL with 336 yards allowed per game and it ranked first or second in 19 of the 25 statistical categories.

Jones joined the Stamps in 2008 when John Hufnagel took over as head coach and they had instant success, winning the Grey Cup that season in Montreal.

For the past two seasons, Jones added the title of assistant player personnel director to his portfolio. He was due to run some free-agent evaluation camps over the next two months.

Jones will also be a head coach at the HBCU All-Star Bowl on Dec. 16 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Stampeders coaches Tony Missick (defensive backs), Pete Costanza (receivers) and Mike Gibson (running backs) will also be on the West team staff. Montreal Alouettes staff will handle the East duties.

Milanovich took over as the Alouettes offensive co-ordinator in 2008, and he helped that team win back-to-back Grey Cups in 2009-10.

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