Today, the Edmonton Eskimos announced the contract extension of Head Coach Chris Jones, keeping him in Green and Gold through 2016. “Chris is passionate, driven and well-deserving of this extension,” says Ed Hervey, Eskimos Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager. “Stability paves the way for consistency. Under Chris’s leadership, and with the work of his coaching staff, our team is headed in the right direction.” Jones was named the 20th Head Coach of the Edmonton Eskimos on Nov. 27, 2013. In his first year at the helm, the Green and Gold began the season with a 7-1 start, finishing with a 12-6 regular-season record. Dominant on home turf, the Eskimos 7-2 record in Commonwealth Stadium was the best since 2008. The year that set a club record for single-season turnaround included an 18-10 West Semi-Final victory at home against the Saskatchewan Roughriders and an appearance in the West Final against the eventual Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders. Jones also served as defensive coordinator. Under his guidance, the team led the league in key defensive categories, including fewest first downs allowed, fewest net passing yards per game, interceptions, lowest points against and fewest points allowed. For his efforts, he was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Canadian Football League Coach of the Year Award.