Elks announce additions to coaching staff for 2022

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Elks announced three additions to their coaching staff for 2022 on Tuesday, revealing some of the pieces joining new general manager and head coach Chris Jones.

Among the coaches of Jones’ new staff are two key faces from Edmonton’s last CFL champion team.

Stephen McAdoo (offensive coordinator) and Jarious Jackson (passing game coordinator and quarterbacks) return to the Vert et Or in the same positions they held during Edmonton’s run to a Gray Cup title in 2015 Both spent 2021 in Toronto working alongside Jones, as McAdoo served as offensive line coach for the Argos, while Jackson served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

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McAdoo returns to Edmonton after presiding over one of the CFL’s best offenses in 2014 and 2015, as the Verts et Ors finished second in the CFL in offensive yards per game both seasons (350.4 YPG and 344, 2 YPG). Jackson, who spent eight seasons in the CFL as a quarterback from 2005 to 2012, was key to the Double E finishing third both seasons in passing yards.

Joining McAdoo and Jackson on the offensive coaching staff is Markus Howell as running game coordinator and receivers coach. The Winnipeg, Manitoba product spent 2021 as the Argos passing game coordinator and receivers coach.

Howell played 11 seasons in the CFL as a receiver and returner, appearing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa Renegades and Calgary Stampeders. He was a member of Calgary’s Gray Cup championship team in 2008 and has been coaching in the CFL since his retirement.

Work on the 2022 coaching and football operations staff continues for the Elks, with the rest of Jones’ staff to be announced before the end of the month.