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Christmaas comes early in Edmonton

Barely two weeks after Chris Jones’ departure to Saskatchewan, Ed Hervey has found the man that will lead the Edmonton Eskimos into 2016.

Hervey and Maas were teammates when the Eskimos won the Grey Cup in both 2002 and 2005, and will look to bring more titles to the City of Champions. While Esks fans seem to be excited about the hire, it’s fun to note that Edmonton *Oilers* fans have constantly criticized that team for always having an “old boys club” in the front office. Will an Eskimos “old boys club” succeed?

Maas has had an incredibly quick ascent to his first head coaching gig after spending just one year as offensive coordinator in Ottawa. The CFL record holder for most consecutive completions in a game has always been praised as an excellent leader and his offense breathed new life into 40-year-old quarterback Henry Burris while producing four 1,000-yard receivers.

Isn’t that ironic since Ottawa poached their head coach Rick Campbell from Calgary where he was the defensive coordinator? Add in the fact that the team built its core from a 2013 Expansion Draft in which Ottawa could choose a selection of players from teams around the CFL and the demand just makes Marcel Dejardins look foolish.

Jason Maas seemed to be a favourite to return to Edmonton and become their head coach from the get-go but many were speculating about Hamilton defensive coordinator Orlondo Steinauer. Steinauer was originally denied permission to speak to Edmonton but allegedly fought for the TiCats to change their minds.

With all of the “poaching” that has gone in this off-season and in the past, I expect more teams to include no-move clauses in contracts, just like the one that Steinauer attempted to get around. Consistency is a big key to success so I don’t blame Hamilton *at all* for trying to lock up their stellar coaching staff…

– written by Travis Currah