Where do the Edmonton Eskimos go from here?
Where do we go? Where do we go now? – Guns n' Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
Ed Hervey, general manager of the Edmonton Eskimos, must be asking himself the exact same question. The last piece of confetti from the 103rd Grey Cup celebration was still in flight when Chris Jones announced that he would be off to the Queen City and add every single title under the sun to his resume.
Jones isn’t going to Regina alone, either. Former Calgary Stampeders assistant general manager John Murphy will be joining the Riders front office to create a dream management team that has prompted discussion as to whether there should be a “managerial salary cap”.
Along with Jones, Jarious Jackson will join Saskatchewan as the quarterback coach/passing game coordinator while Craig Dickenson returns to coach special teams.
Commonwealth Stadium is now a lonely, empty stadium with one man remaining: Ed Hervey.
Hervey held a press conference on Thursday to update the Eskimo Empire on the search for a head coach and the fans will either be presented with a Christmas miracle or the Grinch stealing Christmas from right under their noses. Many coaches have popped up to be in the running, but two men seem to be heavy favourites.
The general consensus on Maas is that the move will hurt both the Edmonton Eskimos and Ottawa RedBlacks in the short-term. Yes, he’s a great offensive coordinator (four 1,000-yard receivers last year in Ottawa) but the ascent to head coach may be way too fast and he could bring the rest of the RedBlacks staff with him. forcing Rick Campbell to build a new staff.
Orlondo Steinauer has been Hamilton’s defensive coordinator for the past three seasons and that includes two Grey Cup appearances. Edmonton was denied permission to talk to Steinauer originally but TiCat management apparently changed their minds. Defense was the focus in Edmonton for the past two years and a Steinauer hire would keep the focus directly on the defensive side of the ball.
Everyone from Danny Maciocia to Mike Benevides to Tom Higgins has been named as a possible candidate for the job in Edmonton but if I’m betting money, it’s Steinauer or Maas. Ed Hervey took a huge chance on Jones when no one else wanted him as a head coach and now he’s hoping lightning can strike twice…
– written by Travis Currah
[And since Currah’s already put the tune in your head, here’s the whole thing for ya. You’re welcome –Ed. ]