As a player, Jason Maas earned a reputation as being smart, fearless and a leader in the locker room. He played 11 CFL seasons with Edmonton, Hamilton and Montreal, won two Grey Cup championships, and was a West Division All-Star. He enters his third season as an assistant coach, all in Toronto, and has served as the Argos’ Quarterbacks Coach in 2012 and Receivers Coach since 2013.
Maas was named the Argonauts’ Receivers Coach before the 2013 season and his unit accounted for 36 receiving touchdowns, while two receivers finished less than 20 yards from each recording 1,000 yards campaigns. First year receiver John Chiles finished fourth in the league with eight receiving majors. As the Toronto’s quarterbacks coach in 2012, Maas worked closely with former teammate Ricky Ray. Ray set a new club record for passing completion percentage (68.6%), achieved the third-highest passer efficiency rating the CFL (99.8) and threw for more than 4,000 yards for the seventh time in his career.
Jason Maas became a household name during parts of nine seasons in Edmonton. He was the team’s outstanding player in 2001 and 2004 and was named a West All-Star in 2001. As a teammate of Ricky Ray’s, he helped bring two CFL titles (2003 & 2005) to the City of Champions and his work in helping to mould Ray into an elite player is well known throughout football circles. 2004 was considered to be Maas’ finest CFL season statistically. That year, he became just the second Eskimos quarterback to pass for 5,000+ yards in a season, threw 31 touchdowns and also ran for eight more. He still holds the league record for most consecutive pass completions in a game with 22, also set as a member of the Esks.
Born in Wisconsin, Maas played high school football in Arizona before agreeing to play at the University of Oregon. He played five seasons at Oregon, from 1994-1998, and signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 1999. He joined the Eskimos in 2000 where he remained until 2005. Edmonton dealt him to Hamilton where he played just over one season (2006-07), was then traded to Montreal for part of one season (2007) and returned to Edmonton in 2008 until his retirement just before 2011 training camp.
Jason and his wife Marjean have a daughter named Makaela. Immediately prior to joining the Argos, Jason was living in Alberta where he worked in the oil & gas industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Oregon.