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Friday, December 7, 2018


EDMONTON - Mike Benevides is the latest casualty of the new CFL non-player operations cap.

The Edmonton Eskimos announced Friday that Benevides will not be returning to Jason Maas's coaching staff for the 2019 season.

Benevides had been the team's assistant head coach and defensive co-ordinator since Maas took over as Eskimos head coach in 2016.

“As a result of the newly implemented football operations salary cap, we could not come to terms with Mike Benevides,” said VP of Football Operations and General Manager Brock Sunderland. “Mike worked as hard as anybody for this organization, and the Eskimos wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Prior to joining the Eskimos, Benevides spent three seasons as head coach of the B.C. Lions (2012-14).

"I will truly miss the amazing fan base and people of Edmonton, the relationships I've built with the players and all those in the Edmonton Eskimo organization, as well as working for Jason,'' the Toronto native said in a statement.

The cap, set at just under $2.59 million for the next two seasons, has already had a marked effect on the league.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced Wednesday that the team and assistant vice president of football operations and player personnel John Murphy were parting ways.

On Thursday, the Montreal Alouettes announced they were not renewing the contracts of defensive back coach Billy Parker, receivers coach Jason Tucker, assistant offensive line coach Chris Mosley and defensive assistant coach Cris Dishman. Scouts Eric Deslauriers and Russ Lande were also not retained.

(Canadian Press)


Enigma said...

Just another casualty of the "Ambrosie" coaches salary cap initiative. How communist are we becoming. For years a few teams spent what they wanted and won Grey Cups at will but nothing said. Now even though teams have the money to pay their coaches, they can't. Because a few teams are hanging on and can't draw fans shouldn't be the problem for other teams. Totally silly. Likely Ambrosie thinks he can direct that money to the players but that will be strongly resisted by owners.

This was a poorly thought out plan and a clear case of the tail wagging the dog. Now mini-camps are not allowed. Who will come up here in −20 weather for a camp. Maybe BC PLace but nowhere else. Maybe they will need to rent BC Place to conduct these things. Just a terrible initiative that one suspects will die out pretty quickly because it's such nonsense. The loss of great football people to south of the border is unquestionably going to happen. Poorer coaching staffs will result in poorer on field product. This does nothing to enhance the CFL's image.

Big Ron said...

I do not understand why these Governors and Mr. Ambrosie are implementing this. Some questions need to be answered. Is the CFL head office staff also under a cap and limited or taking paycuts. Rod can you ask this to the commissioner one day. What bugs me is the people they are hurting the most are the young and up and coming coaches who are previous players who played for diddly squat and now have a chance to further themselves and make up for this in somewhat good paying coaching jobs and Mr. Ambrosie has cut them at the knees. Never seen this before. At a time when the CFL is going to have to do more scouting and work to attract players and the league and governors are saying tough titties.
Rod can you try to find out who these governors or presidents that were pushing for this.
Just when I thought the league was going in the right direction. Not sure about Mr. Ambrosie anymore..
Big Ron

John Knight said...

Goes to show that paying big money does not mean you make the playoffs! i.e. .Edmonton and Montreal

Football Fan said...

I don't object to there being a cap on coaches and staff but I object to the way this is being done. We're losing good coaches and people, and we'll probably lose some of them to the AAF, at a time when we should be trying to keep all the good people we can. They should have set the limit at the high water mark and allowed the other teams to catch up over time, or grandfathered the teams that were over the in some way and allowed them to reduce through natural attrition and movement. Seeing good coaches cut free at this time is just not a good thing.