General Manager: Eric Tillman (1st season)
Head Coach: Kavis Reed (1st season)
Offensive Coordinator: Marcus Crandell | Defensive Coordinator: Rich Stubler
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LAST YEAR: 7-11 - 4TH IN WEST DIVISION - MISSED THE PLAYOFFS
Edmonton entered 2010 prepared to fight for a spot in the West Division playoffs, but a four-game losing streak to start the season put them in an early hole. The Eskimos improved throughout the season, and even won three of their last four games, but it wasn’t enough as they fell just short of the post-season. The big story in Edmonton, however, was the in-season hiring of general manager Eric Tillman. Tillman was hired a week after Labour Day and used the rest of the season to evaluate the Eskimos roster for 2011.
Kavis Reed, HC: After Eric Tillman’s hiring as the team’s general manager late last season, wide scale changes were expected in Edmonton in the off-season. Tabbed to lead Tillman’s revamped roster was Reed, who will get his first shot as a CFL head coach. Reed was a defensive coordinator with the Bombers last season and also has experience as a special teams coordinator.
Ted Laurent/Scott Mitchell/Nathan Coehoorn, Draft Picks: The Eskimos picked up three high-end prospects through the draft this off-season, Mitchell and Coehoorn in the Canadian Draft and Laurent in the Supplemental Draft. All three players have a chance to be impact players in the league and should have a chance to contribute right away.
Other Notable Acquisitions: Adarius Bowman, WR; Taylor Inglis, LS; Brandon James, KR; Marc Mueller, QB; Julius Williams, DE
Adam Braidwood, DT: Injuries got in the way of the former first-overall draft pick reaching his potential through his first five seasons, but when healthy, Braidwood was still a solid non-import contributor on the Eskimos d-line. Braidwood was released in the off-season after he ran into legal troubles.
Mark Restelli, LB: Another CFLer to take a shot down south, Restelli signed with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins after an injury-shortened 2010. After suffering a knee injury in the second game of the season, Restelli played in just six games, recording 16 tackles. In Restelli’s rookie season in 2009, the 25-year-old started 17 games and recorded 58 tackles.
Other Notable Departures: Kelly Campbell, WR; Kai Ellis, DE; Tristan Jackson, KR; Maurice Lloyd, LB; Jason Maas, QB; Kamau Peterson, WR
THE EXPERTS WEIGH IN
Chris Shultz's Team Overview: For the Edmonton Eskimos everything is brand new for the 2011 season, and I mean everything. No team in the CFL has made the top-to-bottom changes quite like the Eskimos. As much as those changes are tangible, the greatest change that could influence winning is in the physical structure in and around Commonwealth Stadium. More...
Matt Dunigan's Quarterback Analysis: Jason Maas retired, the Jared Zabransky experiment is over, Marcus Crandell is the new offensive coodinator, and Ricky Ray gets to learn a new system, again! So what happens if Ray goes down? Enter Kerry Joseph. Eric Tillman brought Joseph into this league the first time and is doing it again. More...
Duane Forde's Canadian Content: Running back Calvin McCarty can be a difference maker but his touches could be limited in the presence of imports Arkee Whitlock and Daniel Porter. Slotback Chris Bauman and defensive tackle Jermaine Reid were signed as free agents after spending their first four CFL seasons in Hamilton. Edmonton hopes that it’s not just a coincidence that both were playing the best football of their careers as last season came to an end. More...
The Eskimos came away from the Canadian Draft with a successful haul in the first round. Edmonton grabbed offensive lineman Scott Mitchell after he – perhaps surprisingly – fell passed Winnipeg before trading back into the first round to grab receiver Nathan Coehoorn. GM Eric Tillman was active on draft day, making three trades in total, including a trade back into the second round where the Eskimos selected defensive back Hugo Lopez.
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