Argos coaches are tight amigos

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:21 AM ET

TORONTO - Scott Milanovich and Chris Jones used to live together, worked together and used to stay up until the wee hours talking shop.

“He’d draw up a blitz and he asked how you were going to protect this,’’ said Milanovich, Toronto’s new head coach, as he introduced Jones, the team’s new defensive co-ordinator, on Monday. “He’ll have the freedom, but that’s not his nature.

“We’ll throw ideas off each other for input. Two heads are better than one and four are better than two.”

The Argos are far better off, at least from a coaching point of view, than they’ve been in recent memory.

Milanovich brings new blood, fresh ideas and a bold plan.

His first move was to hire his two co-ordinators, bringing in Jones and Jonathan Himebauch, whom Milanovich knows from their days in the XFL when Jim Barker served as offensive co-ordinator in L.A.

Jones will also serve as assistant head coach and assistant general manager.

“I got a chance to spread my wings,’’ said Jones, who will wear the hat of full-time defensive co-ordinator once the season starts.

Until then, he’ll evaluate Argo players under contract, keep those who fit his aggressive style on defence and obviously have a say on incoming players.

Himebauch has had football in his blood from his youth.

John Robinson coached Himebauch at USC and gave Himebauch his first gig as a grad assistant at UNLV.

Marc Trestman (Montreal) and Chuck Long, the former Iowa quarterback who ended up at San Diego State in a coaching capacity, are two other figures who have helped shape Himebauch’s philosophy.


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