Eskimos coach plucks half of staff from Toronto

The Eskimos introduced their coaching staff to the media at Commonwealth Stadium on Tuesday, Jan....

The Eskimos introduced their coaching staff to the media at Commonwealth Stadium on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (Perry Mah/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:29 AM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos new coaching staff has a decidedly Toronto Argonauts feel to it, as head coach Chris Jones welcomed the majority of his assistants at Commonwealth Stadium Tuesday.

It should come as no surprise, either, given Jones has worked with many of them in the past, either in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary or some combination therein.

But Jones said the hirings announced Tuesday had more to do with how football philosophies mesh than any personal relationships that have been forged.

“I don’t just pick friends, we’re picking people that we feel can help us win games,” Jones said. “That’s the No. 1 thing we talked about this morning, we’re here to do a job.”

That being said, there are definite benefits to having worked with someone in the past and the familiarity it brings to the field.


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