As of Tuesday, Khari Jones was still the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes, but let's say that the driver must not sleep comfortably on his two ears right now.
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The “Als” are having a disappointing start to the season, having only experienced the happiness of victory on one occasion in four outings. It's no secret that Jones is on the stiff code, as his contract is set to expire at the conclusion of this campaign.
This week, the Sparrows have no match. The moment could have been opportune to make a change of head coach. However, general manager Danny Maciocia does not seem ready to make such a decision yet.
"We haven't gotten there," said the CEO, when joined on the phone between two meetings.
“We are looking for solutions internally. I had several discussions with Khari to understand what we need to change. We are working hard to rectify the situation.”
Nothing to reassure Jones about his long-term future with the club...
Maciocia is obviously not very happy to find himself in this situation after four games. On paper, his team can compete with any other team on the Canadian circuit. However, she does not seem to be able to reach her full potential.
“There is no one here who is happy with our start to the season. We expected better and to have a better record, ”says the DG without embarrassment.
“We slipped away a few wins. There was also a lack of discipline during some of our clashes”, he then analyzed.
The Sparrows' last game, a 41-20 loss to the Roughriders in Saskatchewan, highlighted a certain lack of commitment from the players.
“We were up 13-11 after the first two quarters. We came back from the halftime break and they [the Roughriders] had 21 unanswered points in the third quarter,” Maciocia recalled.
“They dominated us in all aspects of the game, especially on the line of scrimmage,” he lamented.
In short, the slope seems rather complex to go up with the Alouettes and we should not be surprised to see the head coach pay the price if corrective measures are not taken at the next meeting of the Belle Province club. This will take place on July 14, when the Edmonton Elks will be at Percival-Molson Stadium.
- In addition, Maciocia indicated that running back William Stanback could make a return to the game in October, or even in September, if his fitness goes smoothly. The star player had to have surgery on his left ankle, after being injured in the first game of the season.