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Saturday, April 22, 2017

UPDATE: SUNDERLAND TO BE NAMED ESKS GM


The Edmonton Journal's Gerry Moddejonge published a list of the top five candidates for the vacant Edmonton Eskimos General Manager position and at the top of it is Roughriders front office man Jeremy O'Day.

Here's a snippet of Gerry's article. The rest can be found here.

1. a) Jeremy O’Day supposedly interviewed very well when the Eskimos hired Ed Hervey in 2012. The Saskatchewan Roughriders assistant vice-president of football operations has three Grey Cup rings: Two as an offensive lineman during a 14-year playing career spent mostly in Regina; and one as an assistant GM. He also acted as the Roughriders interim GM and v-p of football ops after the club got off to an 0-9 start in 2015.

1. b) Jim Barker would be a natural choice if experience has anything to say, given his coaching career began in 1978 and includes two Grey Cups as an offensive co-ordinator. He added two more championships as an administrator: in 2008 as a vice-president and director of player personnel with the Calgary Stampeders and 2012 as Toronto Argonauts GM. It was that season in Toronto when current Eskimos head coach Jason Maas first joined the CFL’s coaching ranks and the two have a good relationship with each other.

3. Tom Higgins spent 11 seasons as either assistant GM or GM in Edmonton. In 2003, he was GM and head coach of an Eskimos squad that won the Grey Cup. He posted a 44-28 record as Eskimos head coach, finishing first in the West Divison three out of four seasons. Higgins was the CFL director of officiating from 2008-13. Interestingly, it was reported Thursday that Higgins will be stepping down as defensive co-ordinator of the University of Calgary Dinos.

4. Brock Sunderland is an intriguing choice a just 37 years old. As assistant GM with an emphasis on U.S. scouting, he played a role in building the Ottawa RedBlacks into a Grey Cup champion, although the club was built with far more CFL veterans than rookies. He already has a relationship with Maas from their time together in Ottawa. Sunderland grew up in Montana and is the son Marv Sunderland, who recently retired after a 40 year NFL scouting career.

5. Brendan Taman is a two-time CFL GM who has been to three Grey Cups, winning one in 2013 with the Roughriders. He has recruited several great players to the league, such as all-time receiving yards leader Geroy Simon and perennial all-star running back Charles Roberts.

DARK HORSE SELECTION: Danny McManus has played a big role in the turnaround in Winnipeg as the Blue Bombers assistant GM and director of U.S. scouting. A former Eskimos quarterback, he is one of the more well liked people in the CFL.

*UPDATE*: TSN's Farhan Lalji reported on Twitter Saturday morning that Sunderland is expected to be named General Manager of the Edmonton Eskimos.

RP
@rodpedersen

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

The immortal words of Roy Shivers. "who should be the next GM?" Roy, "ohh Mitchell Blair." lol

Anonymous said...

Please hire Taman!!

Anonymous said...

Lalji from TSN indicates Sunderland has been named the GM

Anonymous said...

Ummmmm no no he is not. Sunderland is.

Anonymous said...

Eskimo fans would not tolerate for a second time (Tillman was the first) anyone with past connections to the Riders as their GM, therefore it is a very wise move to go with a young fellow named Brock.
Some O'Day, Jeremy will be the Rider GM, maybe sooner than later, if Vince Young does not pan out.

Anonymous said...

Why would Esks Fans even care where their next GM previously worked?? Wouldn't that be a little short sighted?? I don't care much for the Esks, but when the Riders hired Jones and brought the entire Coaching Staff withe him, I welcomed them with open arms.

I expect more from Edmontonians.

Anonymous said...

You don't care much about the Esks...well let me tell you first hand please don't care at all because we don't care about your thoughts or team also...plus anytime we ended up with rider players or management in past 10 years it hurt us not helped us so keep them. Don't go on and say Lawrence or chambers were riders players because originally they are Esks and have only played well under the Green and Gold. Excited to see how bad you guys are once again because it's going to happen.

Anonymous said...

Good, grease fire in Edmonton

Anonymous said...

Because Chambers and Lawrence worked so well here in Sask, maybe they should of stayed in Edmonton! Why don't you Edmonton people find a Blog for your own team and stay off of ours?? You know, stick with your own kind. Oh yeah, I forgot, there isn't one! I'm looking forward to see how the Shmos do this year.



Maybe I should not of expected much from Edmontonians.

John Knight said...

Esk fans must be very envious of Rider Nation to come here to read what is going on in the CFL. We actually don't give a crap about the Esks and they must be a crappy Mgt team if all the coaching staff left.

Anonymous said...

I can't see how O'Day was a fit in Edmonton, nor why he would want to go there. The new GM will have to make a decision on Franklin before 2018 FA. Imagine if O'Day traded Franklin to the Riders & he becomes a star. Conspiracy theories would start as they did with the Ray trade. No, O'Day should consider himself lucky dodging a bullet. Bide your time & a GM position will come his way. In the meantime be happy he's still in Regina.

Anonymous said...

To the uninformed anon who states the Eskimos do not have a blog...we actually have one and it also has other teams fans such as the riders fans show up there as well thanks. Also John Knight get this envious crap out of your small little brain because I love to read about all teams through all leagues to keep informed on players I do enjoy to watch outside my favorite teams. There would have to be reason to be envious and 4 grey cups doesn't do it for me and having a load of fans that wear the green and white with no idea of what a first down isn't really a fan...that would be band wagon. Now don't get me wrong I know your team has a big group that are informed but what makes your group over the top in any aspect is the band wagon.

@mrt_man said...

I FOUND IT ODD THAT O'DAY WAS THE NAME THAT CAME UP ALONG WITH THIS SEARCH... WOULDN'T MURPHY BE WAAAY MORE QUALIFIED, WITH WAAAY MORE EXPERIENCE IN A BACK OFFICE ROLE? THE CONNECTION TO YEARS OF GREAT CALGARY TEAMS WOULD SEEM STRONGER THAN THE ONE TO SOME ROLLER COASTER YEARS IN SK.

Anonymous said...

I'll bet they didn't interview Taman. Why would they?

3RD and 1 said...

To the uniformed EE fan commenting on here. You state >> anytime we ended up with no Rider players or management in the past 10 years it hurt us not helped us<< You should seriously give your head a shake. You have a Defensive End by the name of Odel Willis who has been a dominant force on your defence. Your recently fired GM stole Odel illegally by talking contracts and money before free agency even started. That's why Hervey had no qualms letting Jones go because the raiders asked to speak to him. How did Getzlaf hurt you last year. He had a respectful year. Also you had a Rider Safety for approx 3 years by the name of Donovan Alexandra who played very well.
As for the Riders not having a good 2017 we shall see. It was only 3 years ago the ER were 4-14 and basement dwellers.
Since the inception of the salary cap. The EE have been mediocre at best. You can't buy Grey Cups anymore. So smaller community's like SK who had to sit back and watch the Evil Empire purchase all the good players. Leaving only scraps for teams like SK who had to have teleathins to stay afloat. Some people might hide their face in shame over stuff like that. Not me or the majority of Rider fans. That's why we have a solid loud and proud fan base. Sometimes you have to dig yourself out of deep holes while anothrr Evil franchise tries to bury you.
Rider Pride is alive and well and the strongest in the league. It will be very shortly that the Riders do have a team that is not only competitive but will sustain that competitiveness year after year.
I post on the EE site many times. They sure do not allow other fans acting like jerks. It's ok to bash other teams slightly but do not say anything bad about the EE or their fans. They kick anybody off in a hurry that is doing that. So why don't you act like your teams web site suggests.
Also if your a proud EE fan. Please comment with a name. Instead of hiding behind anominity.

Anonymous said...

I suppose your parents named you 3rd and 1. Who's hiding behind a name???

Anonymous said...

John the coaching staff that left the Esks last year coached the Riders to 5 wins. You're welcome to claim them as your own. Speaking of leaving, your 2016 nominees for Most O/S rookie, player & Defensive Player have all left - OUCH! Maybe you should hire a GM/Coach who can keep his players. Almost all last's free agents are gone too. Envious, yes of having the #2 draft pick. But the team is a train wreck.

Anonymous said...

Hey 3ed and 1...you just proved what I said earlier about uninformed. Odell Willis played only one season in Sask and was not originally a rider so give it up...if anyone could complain about Willis it would be Winnipeg as he played 3 seasons there and if I remember right he wasn't very fond of rider nation and he proved that by leaving after one season there...also Willis us on the D line smart guy. Alexandra was good...maybe in your eyes but only reason he would be there is cause of a guy linked to him as in Tillman...after Tillman got ousted he did too. You want to talk about money and so on making Edmonton look like bad guys well how about your riders crying for a salary cap and it gets brought in and then who is the first team to break the rule by going over it and winning a grey cup also with doing it, don't poo t fingers on bring dirty when you guys are standing in the same alley bud.

Anonymous said...

My bad on the Willis thing...thought I read you say defensive back not defensive end.

3RD and 1 said...

That has to be the weakest excuse I have ever read on here. Because Odell Willis only played one year in SK he wasn't a Rider. That is weak pal. Like grasping st imaginary straws. Odell was traded to SK because of his antics in Winnipeg were out of control. Willis was under contract when Hervey Meddled and offered Odell 20K more than Tamans best offer before free agency even started. Of course the guy is going to jump ship. That's also why Hervey was fined 5K for meddling. Odell loved the Rider fans when he was here but when he jumped ship illegally they came down on him hard during game play at Mosaic. Odell is the comic in the room and sure didn't like the truth coming at him during game play. So of course he became sour towards Rider Nation. We gave him every reason too. He deserved that treatment. The more I think about your excuse that Willis isn't really a Rider because he started in Winnipeg is fricken hilarious. I named 3 players without trying. There are many more that helped the EE so get your facts straight.
In a separate note; I've posted with my registered screen name on sports blogs since 2012. It's really dumb when Anon's who refuse to use any kind of name give you grief because it's a screen name. How stupid the comment that my Mother must have given me that name. ? You post in Anominity and expect those who do use a name to post their birth name! Might as well put our address and phone number as well. So that way the awning Trolls can phone you at home when they disagree with you. At least you know your talking to the same person. I know... you've been through the desert on a horse with no name just to get out of the rain. So you've decided to copy your horse.

John Knight said...

Well said 3rd and 1. We don't need hind ends like him here

3RD and 1 said...

It's statement like yours Anon EE fan that brought on the term Fake News! To suggest that simply whining by the Saskatchewan Roughriders is the catalyst and the reason a salary cap was introduced to the CFL. Now everyone on here including other EE fans know your comments are nothing more than made up hot air BS from a competing disgruntled fan. For me it's just another opportunity to have a good laugh as I enjoy laughter. Your school yard chatter is ridiculous so allow us to truly school you here and now young man.
The CFL salary cap was introduced in 2007. The same year that a new and inspired Commissionaire had just taken over in the CFL... Mark Cohon era; 2007-2015 The CFL realized that attendance grew in years that the league had parity and suffered in years when there was a large gap. You see the Board of Governors want to work with the league to grow our great game. As Rider fans we are grateful that you think the Riders are all mighty and powerful enough to sway the league to bring in a Cap to protect the Roughriders. However your attempt at making up crap is seriously flawed. You see by 2007 the Riders were a very competitive team and won the Grey Cup that year. Plus the Riders were and had been for a few years one of the wealthiest teams in the league. So they didn't need a cap. Nor did they inspire, conspire or contrive anything with regards to the Governors or the league in an attempt to bring in a salary cap.
The Riders and its fan base have always tried new and innovative ideas in order to save their team or work with the CFL to promote to younger audiences and grow the game. Both in the stands and on TV and continue to do so today.
Where as the EE just like the non-cap era where they purchased championship after championship didnt then and don't care about anybody now, not even the league. So just recently the current EE GM that was protective of himself and his Head Coach continued to show the EE didn't give 2 sheets about the league. Defied hiscTV contract, did not have nice on his QB and Coach. Like many before him, Hervey Felt he was all mighty and powerful. So finally an EE Team President was on the CFL Board of Governors that actually listened and realized how much of a wall the Evil Empire had built around them self. So he had no choice but to fire his sorry ass! New Area in Edmonton.

Anonymous said...

And the feathers are ruffled...you want some cheese with that whine. All you are doing is just pointing your finger at another team and talking your own up...typical rider mentality, can't handle points and fact from another direction.