TORONTO - Chris Jones is a creationist.
As a defensive coordinator and assistant head coach, he both recruits players for the Argonauts, then molds them into a system that has been a proven winner in the CFL.
There is nobody who believes in his philosophy and that system more than Jones himself — and this year, that system is being tested to the extreme. While everyone is fretting over whether Ricky Ray will bounce back from the car wreck that was Charleston Hughes, there are just as deep concerns on the other side of the ball. Toronto’s defence is not what it used to be, or what Jones intends for it to become.
While the Argonauts have never said this was a rebuilding season, it has in fact become just that with Jones starting the season with only three linebackers, plus Jalil Carter in the secondary, returning from the 2012 Grey Cup starting lineup. And one of those linebackers — Brandon Isaac — is now wearing Tiger-Cats’ black and gold.