POST GAME AND NEW COACHES??... (ESKIMOS)

Jason Gregor
January 04 2014 12:03AM

The Oilers come home with 38 games left in the season sitting in 29th place overall. No one should be surprised they lost two games in 27 hours at San Jose and Anaheim, but once again the combination of bad defensive zone coverage and Bryzgalov allowing a weak goal cost them.

Eventually you hope the players make more correct decisions that wrong ones, but right now it is clear they have a long way to go before they can compete with the good teams in the western conference, and specifically in the pacific division.

Here are some thoughts on tonight's game and also some news for Eskimos fans.

  •  I didn't have a problem earlier in the season when Eakins wanted Yakupov to play better. I felt that was fair. Tonight, however, Eakins' decision to not use Yakupov on the 6-on-3 PP late in the game was very perplexing. The Oilers biggest problem with their top-two lines is they have no diversity, they all offer similar things.

    The six players on the PP mirrored that problem. None of them can shoot a one-time like Yakupov, so why wasn't he on that PP? It made no sense. I wonder if Eakins let his stubborness get the best of him tonight? I understand if he wants Yakupov to earn his icetime, but Yakupov was good yesterday and tonight, so why wasn't he rewarded with a spot on the man advantage?|
     
  • The Oilers made some glaring errors on four of the five Ducks goals. RNH had the puck under control but gave it away on first goal. Bryzgalov has to stop the 3rd goal with 4.4 seconds remaining on the clock. Marincin (he is a rookie, so the odd mistake is expected) left Jackman wide open on the 4th goal, while Petry shot the puck directly into Cogliano's shinpads leading to his breakaway.

    The Oilers have to find ways to cut down on those mistakes, or they will never improve.
     
  • The Oilers top-six had an average weight of 192 pounds, while the Ducks top-six was 212 pounds. They are giving up 60 pounds every shift. The Oilers will never be able to compete with the big, heavy, skilled teams in the Pacific until they add some size in their top-six. (When I say in their top-six, I assume most people realize that means skilled players. We shouldn't have to add "size with skill" every time we mention the need for size. When I mention top-six, I believe that skill is a given part of the equation.)

    The Oilers have too many of the same players right now. That isn't a knock on them, and doesn't mean they aren't good, but they are all the same and there is no diversity within their top-six. Size is needed.
     
  • No one can be shocked the Oilers lost back-to-back games in the two toughest road rinks in the league. It is disappointing, but these two losses should not cause massive uproar. The Oilers aren't close to the top teams in the league, especially on the road in San Jose and Anaheim.  

ESKIMO RUMBLINGS...

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The Eskimos have been rather quiet about their coaching staff, but it seems like Chris Jones is getting closer to naming his staff.

Look for Stephen McAdoo to be the offensive coordinator. My sources tell me he hasn't re-signed with the Argos. McAdoo has been with the Argos for four seasons as the O-Line coach and run game coordinator, and prior to that he was the offensive line/running back coach in Montreal from 2003-2005 and then added co-offensive coordinator title in 2006.

This would be McAdoo' first OC job, but he has 15 years of coaching experience. McAdoo and Jones have worked together in Montreal (2003-2006) and in Toronto (2012-2013). They have a history together.

My sources also state that Jarious Jackson will be the quarterbacks/passing game coach. The Eskimos desperately need a former QB to work with the Mike Reilly, and the Esks are close or have already signed him to a deal. Jackson played 8 seasons in the CFL and was the QB coach in BC last season. He will help Reilly and the other QBs. He also should add some insight into pass patterns. Last season the Eskimos ran too many intermediate routes, but never had any safety/under routes that Reilly could dump off to if no one was open downfield.

I'm also hearing that Kevin Strasser could be added as the receivers coach. He has worked with Jones in the past and previously worked with the Eskimos. Sources say the Strasser signing isn't confirmed, but he is a candidate for that job.  The main concern is if he would be a distraction. (My apologies for sending out an erroneous tweet earlier today that said he was in the running for the OC job, when it clearly was for WR coach. Stupid mistake on my part.)

McAdoo and Jackson look to be solid additions. McAdoo has a lot of experience while Jackson fills a huge void on the coaching staff. 

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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#101 Rama Lama
January 04 2014, 12:18PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Who would be your guy to fix this mess?

Brent Sutter ?

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#102 Spydyr
January 04 2014, 12:32PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Katz has to open his eyes and realize good business is not run based on friendship. Then maybe there is a chance.

This is like a really bad mushroom trip that just won't end to me. Just when you think there is a light ahead it somehow extinguishes itself.

The thing is, from the looks of things Katz is running the off ice part of the team like he runs his business. That arena deal he got was pretty sweet.

As for the on ice part of the Oilers it appears as he is running it like a toy, a plaything and it is destroying the hearts of many long time Oiler fans.

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#103 CMG30
January 04 2014, 01:34PM
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I was cautiously optimistic when Eakins was hired in the summer, I believed that it was high time to put the onus on the players and that was what Eakins was promising. I saw what he was able to do with Kadri and I had hope he could replicate that here.

Right now I believe that hiring Eakins has turned into a mistake. I realize that there is only so much that can be done without top defense men and I still believe that the players are ultimately falling down with what it takes to win but the things he should be controlling are not working. His PP is a disaster and the team looks increasingly unorganized out there. What I'm seeing is that Eakins is growing as a coach along with the team. I suppose this would be fine if the Oil were in a better position that they are. A rookie head coach along with a bunch of rookies is not showing returns.

Having said that, I don't believe that firing another head coach is the solution at this point. There needs to be continuity sometime. If you fire another Coach you're sending the message to the players that they don't need to listen and do what the coach wants -he'll be gone in a month anyway. Instead I believe that MacT needs to take some of the responsibility away from Eakins. He could do this by hiring an assistant coach with experience, someone to take over the PP and PK. Sort of like a Tom Renney to Pat Quinn arrangement. As an added bonus, this would make for a smooth transition if Eakins was to move along in the next year or two.

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#104 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 04 2014, 04:26PM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

LET'S BE FAIR TO THE JOURNALISTS

It is not correct that Strudwick "refuses to call out" Oilers players. FOUR DAYS AGO he wrote an article right here explaining carefully why he thought Yakupov deserved to be benched. In any event, Strudwick does not pretend to be a "hard-hitting" journalist. He parlayed minimal talent into a 15 year NHL career, he has a great sense of humour, and I enjoy him.

Now you are going to think this is strange for me to say this because I have been ripping pretty good on Stauffer the last little while. Calling Bob Stauffer a "slobbering idiot" is just plain mean and unhelpful. As somebody else pointed out, he has stuck his neck out a little bit recently. I think I heard him say the Oilers were 8 or 9 players away from being a competitive team, not 3 or 4. And he is clearly taking Yakupov's side in the Yakupov-Eakins controversy. He thinks Eakins should recognize that he is a rookie coach, put his ego aside, and try to capitalize last years' top goal scorer. I disagree with Stauffer, but it's a fair point.

I guess what bugs me most about Oilers press coverage is that for about 6.5 years they treated the Oilers Glory Boys like holy cows. The press shared the arrogant and conceited attitude of the organization itself. If anybody questioned "the plan", well that was just because they were stupid and they didn't really understand "the plan". Obviously "the plan" is an utter failure. Thank goodness there are more and more people (like Tychkowski and MacKinnon) willing to say so. The press, like the team itself, needs to give us less "attitude", and a lot more humility and realism.

Trouble is there are not many actual journalists covering the Oilers.

Sportsnet coverage is a complete joke. Written by the oilers PR for the Sportsnet guys to spew.

TSN has good coverage but they don't care much about anything outside of Toronto and even when they do why cover repeat losers closely.

The papers in this town used to have journalists writing sports but it seems that some (terry jones) are now just PR guys as well. Sorry but Lowes blow up deserved more than it got. Edmonton Hockey writers are wimps. I cut them no slack. The seem to get paid to be fan boys.

Spector Is still wondering why Dubnyk hasn't won a vezina as the Oilers "Guy in net"

Sad days Unless you live in the Katz 6rings MacTerrible world. then whatever they say is gold.

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#105 Brian
January 04 2014, 05:50PM
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I wish KLost would hold another presser so we can get some fresh sound bites as good as the "...any concern" speech. This whole thing has gone from pitiful to laughable. The oiler organization and team is just a punch line now. I'd lovd for Katz to eat another coach's contract. I pray that soon MacT will be explaining the merits of yet another head coach. Its hilarious to see glimpses of Bucky and Own Goal standing on the bench doing sweet FA . The east coast league defense is a riot. The giveaways, the lack of compete, and the total bewilderment of pros trying to play defense is special. There is so much to embrace and laugh at that it has become fun. Sorry, I ramble on.

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#106 Dave
January 04 2014, 09:26AM
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-30- wrote:

@ Oneeye, don't get all twisted up over Stauffer.

His situation is different than Terry Jones and the rest of the media.

Stauffer is in fact employed indirectly by the Oilers.

Stauffer is NOT a sports reporter.

Stauffer is NOT to blame for the wreck that the Oilers are.

Mainstream media is partially responsible for not calling out the responsible parties in public.

Fans are responsible for continually buying anything Oiler related.

Katz is a business man. Boycott Rexall Drugs and anything Oilers related. See how quickly that gets his attention.

-30-

I bet that there are fewer bums in the seats at Rexall resulting less beer, food revenue and logo royalties coming in. I suspect the bottom line is being impacted. If not now, certainly by the seasons end.

I agree that the contract pay out for Eakins will be less of a hit than the loss of revenue should he continue as coach.

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#107 Rob F
January 04 2014, 09:35AM
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I was just thinking of a new documentary series for the Oilers that connects past with present

'The Girls on Th Bus'

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#108 2004Z06
January 04 2014, 12:05PM
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@YAKCITY64

And just why is it the medias responsibility to call these people to the carpet? This is a small market with only one real game in town. Any media member would be banned from the Oilers and the Oil Kings. It would be career suicide in Edmonton.

Why don't you do us all a favor and make your voice heard!

Whether you are a tier 1 or 2 fan, you and the rest of the fans should be the ones applying the pressure and asking for accountability.

Boycott a game or two, stop buying the merchandise, stop watching the games on TV.

Sign a petition (there have been several started) or call the Oilers office and voice your displeasure. Ask to speak to Mr. Lowe.

Stop whining on a blog that no one within the organization reads and stop asking the media to fight your fight!

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#109 Serious Gord
January 04 2014, 12:11PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Why do people want MacT to coach so badly? He sucks at that as well. Makes no sense to replace incompetence with more incompetence. Although that should be Lowes Motto

"Replace Incompetence With More Incompetence!!"

except in latin so it looks smart

Lest I be misinterpreted - I would like Eakins and Lowe terminated and MacT made INTERIM coach to th end of the year.

I would expect the new POHO to get a new GM and that they would then get a new coach and MacT could then begin work on his correspondence PhD in biz admin. (IOW I think MacT is just as incompetent/culpable as the others.)

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#110 Dave Lumley
January 04 2014, 01:46PM
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@CMG30

I was disappointed at the Kruger firing, disappointed at the MacT hiring, but open minded on Eakins.

Eakins is a disaster OR the boys are at the stage of learning when they still have to think about what they have to do at any particular point or situation in a game. This hesitation make them look they they are not trying. Once the thinking stops, action begins. The process just has to unfold, this year is a write off.

So, keep Eakins. Worst case scenario is that we will be drafting McDavid next year. What scares me more is having MacT behind the bench.

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#111 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
January 04 2014, 01:47PM
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Anyone have any ideas what's wrong with the Oilers?

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#112 Bryzarro World
January 04 2014, 03:56PM
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tileguy wrote:

Give it a rest Bizzaro. The man is doing his job. He probably hates his job right now, but it is his whole world, wife, kids, mortgage. He is not at fault for this disaster and will be great to listen too if this ever gets turned around. Let him do his job.

His job is to speak clearly and not disgust his listeners with the saliva sound effects. There are about 7 billion people on the planet, you telling me they couldn't find one that doesn't stuff his face on air or that can swallow and talk at the same time?

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#113 Bryzarro World
January 04 2014, 03:57PM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

Is Skype down?

Katz cut the budget, using carrier pigeons now...

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#114 Anton
January 04 2014, 01:16AM
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Paul wrote:

Thanks for the Eskimo news Gregor. Good work breaking that story. I like what I read about McAdoo and agree we need a QB coach with QB experience to help Reilly.

I forget that you don't just cover one sport. You break stories for football and lacrosse. Good on you.

Go Esks...sad that I have to say that in January, but the Oilers are done already.

I guess Go Rush as well...at least they are 1-0... #oilerfanproblems

Actually, I've heard good things about the other franchise that we have in town like FC Edmonton the soccer team. Maybe we should start to check it out too.

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#115 M22
January 04 2014, 02:11AM
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Anton wrote:

Then, lets hope that you are right and he may eventually do the right thing.

Of course, his tactic of how he got the team and also the whole arena mess makes you wonder about what he is truly thinking right now.

He's thinking about offering me Lowe's position.......or else he's in bed sleeping.

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#116 TURNOVER
January 04 2014, 10:46AM
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I never thought i'd come to Kevin Lowe's defence (no pun). But if these players played with the same determination Kevin did when he was an Oiler, they would'nt be in 29th place. You've got to want something, and be willing to work for it.

I think we should put in 2 goalies.

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#117 DAVE
January 04 2014, 11:35AM
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TURNOVER wrote:

I never thought i'd come to Kevin Lowe's defence (no pun). But if these players played with the same determination Kevin did when he was an Oiler, they would'nt be in 29th place. You've got to want something, and be willing to work for it.

I think we should put in 2 goalies.

I think what your trying to say is some players are afraid to win, and some afraid to lose,or don't care. If they don't care, their in the wrong city.

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#118 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 04 2014, 12:06PM
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Why do people want MacT to coach so badly? He sucks at that as well. Makes no sense to replace incompetence with more incompetence. Although that should be Lowes Motto

"Replace Incompetence With More Incompetence!!"

except in latin so it looks smart

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#119 2004Z06
January 04 2014, 12:09PM
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@YAKCITY64

And just why is it the medias responsibility to call these people to the carpet? This is a small market with only one real game in town. Any media member would be banned from the Oilers and the Oil Kings. It would be career suicide in Edmonton.

Why don't you do us all a favor and make your voice heard!

Whether you are a tier 1 or 2 fan, you and the rest of the fans should be the ones applying the pressure and asking for accountability.

Boycott a game or two, stop buying the merchandise, stop watching the games on TV.

Sign a petition (there have been several started) or call the Oilers office and voice your displeasure. Ask to speak to Mr. Lowe.

Stop whining on a blog that no one within the organization reads and stop asking the media to fight your fight!

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#120 Spydyr
January 04 2014, 12:09PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Why do people want MacT to coach so badly? He sucks at that as well. Makes no sense to replace incompetence with more incompetence. Although that should be Lowes Motto

"Replace Incompetence With More Incompetence!!"

except in latin so it looks smart

Who would be your guy to fix this mess?

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#121 Bryzarro World
January 04 2014, 04:01PM
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@michael

Bingo!

The difference between Sutter and Dally is that Sutter is proven to work well with kids, Dally did what?

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#122 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 04 2014, 04:27PM
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CMG30 wrote:

I was cautiously optimistic when Eakins was hired in the summer, I believed that it was high time to put the onus on the players and that was what Eakins was promising. I saw what he was able to do with Kadri and I had hope he could replicate that here.

Right now I believe that hiring Eakins has turned into a mistake. I realize that there is only so much that can be done without top defense men and I still believe that the players are ultimately falling down with what it takes to win but the things he should be controlling are not working. His PP is a disaster and the team looks increasingly unorganized out there. What I'm seeing is that Eakins is growing as a coach along with the team. I suppose this would be fine if the Oil were in a better position that they are. A rookie head coach along with a bunch of rookies is not showing returns.

Having said that, I don't believe that firing another head coach is the solution at this point. There needs to be continuity sometime. If you fire another Coach you're sending the message to the players that they don't need to listen and do what the coach wants -he'll be gone in a month anyway. Instead I believe that MacT needs to take some of the responsibility away from Eakins. He could do this by hiring an assistant coach with experience, someone to take over the PP and PK. Sort of like a Tom Renney to Pat Quinn arrangement. As an added bonus, this would make for a smooth transition if Eakins was to move along in the next year or two.

So you say the coach is no good but not to fire him? And your not in Oiler management?

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#123 Spydyr
January 04 2014, 12:23PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

No clue, I am not in that profession, although i would sniff around Jim Hollands staff. Maybe Chicago, LA, San Jose for a guy who has exposure to winning and how teams are built.

Jim Nill just left as Holland's assistant GM.

LA has Hexall as assistant GM he would be on my interview list.

The thing is who in the Oilers organization has the knowledge to hire a replacement for Lowe.Katz kid?

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#124 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 04 2014, 12:28PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Jim Nill just left as Holland's assistant GM.

LA has Hexall as assistant GM he would be on my interview list.

The thing is who in the Oilers organization has the knowledge to hire a replacement for Lowe.Katz kid?

Katz has to open his eyes and realize good business is not run based on friendship. Then maybe there is a chance.

This is like a really bad mushroom trip that just won't end to me. Just when you think there is a light ahead it somehow extinguishes itself.

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#125 tileguy
January 04 2014, 02:00PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Sounds like you work for the Oilers. You don't like the idea of holding people accountable. Stauffer chose his job and the consequences are that he will get run down for being a PR man dressed as a journalist.

His fault for this disaster? Of course not but he is a lackey that has been trying to shine up this pile of garbage to con the fans into thinking all is good and to keep spending your money on the team.

To quote "How can you even listen to that slobbering fool. When I used to listen to bob I kept waiting for him to drown in his saliva...."

He should go back under his rock.

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#126 Bryzarro World
January 04 2014, 04:11PM
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tileguy wrote:

To quote "How can you even listen to that slobbering fool. When I used to listen to bob I kept waiting for him to drown in his saliva...."

He should go back under his rock.

Because I have a certain expectation when I listen to people who's job it is to be palatable to the audience?

Blow me you mindless fool...

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#127 Spydyr
January 04 2014, 12:21PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Brent Sutter ?

As POHO? Or coach?

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#128 camdog
January 04 2014, 05:53PM
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LoweMustGO wrote:

2014- Lowe: "You're telling me you're impatient after 4 years??? ...I know something about winning, if that's ever a concern"

2015- Lowe: "You're telling me you're impatient after 5 years??? ...I know something about winning, if that's ever a concern"

2016- Lowe: "You're telling me you're impatient after 6 years??? ...I know something about winning, if that's ever a concern"

2017- Lowe: "You're telling me you're impatient after 7 years??? ...I know something about winning, if that's ever a concern"

and so on until Lowe finally kicks the bucket at the ripe old age of 110. Sorry everyone, but the Oilers suck will probably outlive most of us.

The irony in all of this is that Mact was hired under the premise that "he was impatient". The fans didn't become impatient with the rebuild until GM Mactavish professed this to be his mandate for this upcoming season.

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#129 Esks fan
January 05 2014, 08:09PM
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Gregor,

I like McAdoo hiring. I agree with you that Strasser would be a distaction. Do you think the Esks would hire him, or is he just a candidate. Do they go to 2nd best option just to avoid the controversy of hiring a thief?

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