Instead of watching Michael Vick run around defenders and fit footballs into tight windows on Sundays, we’ll see him sitting at a desk.
According to USA Today, Fox Sports will announce Friday the hiring of Vick as a studio analyst for “Fox NFL Kickoff,” the show that leads into “Fox NFL Sunday.”
The Tiger-Cats are 0-8; every other team in the CFL has at least two wins. Jones had been brought on as assistant head coach Aug. 2.
“June and I have established a great relationship, and I feel comfortable and very confident with him handling the on-field product moving forward,” Austin said in a release. “This organization, its fans and partners deserve a championship-caliber team and we fully expect to work together to return us to that level.”
Jones, 64, last worked as a head coach with SMU from 2008-14 on the heels of a stint at Hawaii from 1999-2007. He also was interim head coach of the Chargers in 1998 and head coach of the Falcons from 1994-96.
Jones does have some prior experience in Canada; he was offensive coordinator of the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1986 and played for the Toronto Argonauts in 1982.
The Saints always sign at least one head-scratcher of a contract per year, and last year it was Fleener, who was the beneficiary of the Saints’ generous ways. Coming off a career-worst year of just 491 yards, Fleener was treated as if he was coming off a career-best year. He finished his first year with less yards and touchdowns than a 35-year-old Ben Watson had the prior year with the Saints. This looks to be another contract the Saints will regret.