Bombers coach never saw this coming

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:45 PM ET

HAMILTON -- Paul LaPolice envisioned many roles and responsibilities for Khari Jones, but none involved the duties associated with being an offensive co-ordinator.

"Absolutely not,'' LaPolice said on Thursday. "And that's not a disrespect thing. I've worked with several quarterbacks and I won't say he cared about Xs and Os.

"Why? Because he was such a charismatic football player on the field and he had such great instincts. Some guys would live in the office and talk scheme, but with Khari it was let me know what to do and I will find our guys."

During Jones' tenure in Winnipeg, LaPolice served as an assistant when Jones would become the CFL's most outstanding player.

Friday night, Jones will make his debut as Hamilton's offensive co-ordinator, a role that seemed natural following two years of serving as the Ticats quarterbacks coach.

When Jones worked as a broadcaster for CBC, LaPolice would often talk with Jones.

It was during those moments when LaPolice had an inkling Jones would one day get involved with a franchise.

During their preparation for Hamilton, LaPolice noticed a pass play the Ticats used in the pre-season that looked eerily familiar.

"It was the exact same concept we used in '02, '03 when I was the co-ordinator and Khari was throwing to Arland (Bruce) and Milt Stegall. Yup, that was Khari's favourite play when we played together.

"Knowing Khari, he's going to have a lot of motion and he'll stretch the field."


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