Following the 2018 Grey Cup loss, the Ottawa Redblacks lost a lot of big names from the organization. Starting with Trevor Harris, Diontae Spencer and Rico Murray and then finishing the trail of departures with OC Jaime Elizondo. Elizondo was with the Redblacks for 3 seasons, winning the Grey Cup in 2016 and making an impact on the offense to get to the playoffs three consecutive years. After quitting his job with the Redblacks because they had declined him to interview for head coaching jobs Elizondo quickly was able to get on a team’s staff. Although he wouldn’t be coaching right off the bat Elizondo took a leap of faith, heading down south to coach with the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers as an offensive co-ordiantor on former Argos’ head coach, Marc Trestman’s staff.
As we all in the football world know, the XFL just recently folded without getting a full season played and Elizondo is now available once again. Being a “free agent” coach, Jaime Elizondo has shown his love for the Canadian football game and requested to be the next Ottawa Gee Gees’ football head coach. This coaching job would not only bring him back to the Canadian game, but to the city of Ottawa.
Leaving the CFL after the 2018 season may be a regret of Elizondo’s and many still question why he went off to the XFL but if he ends up getting on U Ottawa’s staff or another Canadian team’s staff he might be able to make his way back to a CFL coaching staff.