New Eskimos head coach Chris Jones vows fast turnaround

Eskimos GM Ed Hervey says Chris Jones is the one person he felt could meet all the team's...

Eskimos GM Ed Hervey says Chris Jones is the one person he felt could meet all the team's expectations. (PERRY MAH/QMI Agency)

Terry Jones, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:17 AM ET

EDMONTON - Ed Hervey couldn’t wait.

It was obvious to your correspondent at the Grey Cup that the Edmonton Eskimos general manager had decided on his new head coach and that it was Toronto Argos defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones. And I wrote it.

But instead of waiting until the week of the Ottawa expansion draft as projected, Hervey brought Jones to town and presented him at a press conference Wednesday.

“I only thought that there was one person who could meet all our expectations,” said Hervey.

“You know who you can work with and who you can’t work with. There was no point in fooling myself and fooling them. Take another month for what? Knowing you can’t work with someone or that there’s not a fit?

“There’s a fit here between Chris and I. We’ve got the right guy. I know we’ve got the right guy.


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