Chris Jones didn’t mince words when asked about the state of the Edmonton Elks as they attempt to recover from one of the worst seasons in franchise history — and a pre-season that hasn’t answered a lot of lingering questions about this team.
“We’re back to day one, square one. We’re going to go back to day one, and way back when in the playbook. My God, we’re going to be a fundamentally sound football team. Right now, it doesn’t look like we are.”
Jones inherits a team that went 3-11 last year, and didn’t win a single game at home — the first time that’s happened in Elks history. Jones, the team’s general manager, head coach and defensive co-ordinator, was Edmonton’s biggest off-season acquisition, returning to the city where he won a Grey Cup in 2015.
But some of the questions that dogged this team in 2021 still haven’t been answered in 2022 — most notably the team’s first-choice quarterback. Nick Arbuckle will get the first crack at the job, starting under centre in the Elks’ season opener Saturday at the B.C. Lions.