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. 

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#101 Cynic
January 04 2014, 10:16AM
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I like how the banner ad at the edge says "30." It's something to shoot for, Oiler fan.

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#102 outdoorzguy
January 04 2014, 10:28AM
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Is Skype down?

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#103 Spoils
January 04 2014, 10:36AM
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I really don't like the statement that you earn PP time, and I get the feeling Eakins has a bit of a power trip thing going and hands out PP as a reward.

The PP is not a reward it is a job that we need to get done right. Yak's shot is a tool that needs to be put to work.

Find other ways to manage the players that doesn't weaken the team.

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#104 Soccer Steve
January 04 2014, 10:37AM
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@Gregor

"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."

If this is what you think we are in uproar about then you are as out of touch with the fan-base as the Oilers management are.

By the way, however many years we are into this "re-build" now, getting crushed 5-1 and 5-2 back-to-back by the Sharks and Ducks is cause for uproar. Absolutely. If that isn't, then what the hell is?

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#105 Hockey fan 1976
January 04 2014, 10:53AM
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I would love to have a media guy like Kevin Kurz in San Jose and call out these clowns in public during a press conference. Unfortunately we have no one in this city with big enough balls to do that. They are too afraid to lose privileges in the new toy if arena when it opens even though it will still house the joke of the NHL for years to come until Management leaves. We've hit rock bottom now that other city's media personnel laugh at our expense. Pathetic!!!

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#106 Dog Train
January 04 2014, 11:05AM
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The fact that Yakupov is getting very little PP time baffles me. Our PP has been brutal over the past month or so because we have nobody who poses a threat as a shooter. While I agree that Yakupov is the person who is most responsible for his own play at 5 on 5, I do believe that Eakins has failed Yakupov when it comes to PP time. Also, just because we have lots of skilled players does not mean that we can just throw 5 of them out there on the same PP. Somebody like Ryan Smyth or Boyd Gordon should be out there on the PP more often. Our 4 on 3 in OT against the Coyotes a few games back was embarassing. Four players all standing on the outside, none of them with a threatening shot, expected to perform magic and pass the puck into the net. What a joke.

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#107 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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#108 6 ring circus
January 04 2014, 12:12PM
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Randy Gregg,Charlie Huddy, Grant Fuhr,Glenn Anderson,Jari Kurri,Mark Messier and Kevin Lowe all won 5 Stanley cups with the Oilers,4 of these players are in the HHOF,Messier one of the greatest leaders in hockey was passed over as head coach of the NYR 's this past year. Using Kevin Lowes way of thinking, how come none of these other guys are in charge of NHL teams,They all know a thing or two about winning ,appointing Lowe as a general manager when he had no experience was a mistake ,making him president of hockey operations has been a colossal failure,his management record speaks for itself ,the Oilers have been at the bottom of the standings for the past 8 years,it is time that Katz hires a experienced President with a winning record to restore this once great franchise,and undo the damage that Lowe has done,until then I will no longer support this team,I will not renew my seasons tickets which i have had for 14 years,I am not a quitter,I was a die hard Oilers fan ,but I cannot support this team any longer ,doing so would mean I support the incompetence of management and I no longer do, management has had enough time to correct this sinking ship ,we have sunk to the bottom and it's time we release the anchor s Kevin Lowe ,kelly Buchberger,Steve smith,Scott Howson,Craig Mactavish and Dallas Eakins,only then will the sinking end and the Oilers can become a winning team.

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#109 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 04 2014, 12:17PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Who would be your guy to fix this mess?

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.

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#110 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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#111 Spydyr
January 04 2014, 12:21PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Brent Sutter ?

As POHO? Or coach?

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#112 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 04 2014, 12:21PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

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.)

Fair enough. Dont bring someone in when your shaking things up. i get that.

I do know however there are those out there that think MacT would do a good job as coach and that has me terrified.

Sad that katz has bilked us for $350 mill but the chicken s*&t media here are never gone be actual journalists and start making a stink about this situation.

Pocklington would be proud of Katz.

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#113 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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#114 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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#115 6 ring circus
January 04 2014, 01:07PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Who would be your guy to fix this mess?

Whoever they try to bring in ,might not want to leave the team they are with,I would try to get one of these assistant general managers from the Black Hawks Norm Maciver from the Bruins Jim Benning or Don Sweeney or from the Penguins Jason Botterill all of these guys are working for really good teams and the managers of these teams know how to build a competitive and winning team.

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#116 Rama Lama
January 04 2014, 01:17PM
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Spydyr wrote:

As POHO? Or coach?

Replace Mr. Chop Water carry wood .........with Brent Sutter.

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#117 Rama Lama
January 04 2014, 02:06PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Anyone have any ideas what's wrong with the Oilers?

The reason the Oilers suck is due to very, very, bad management. The list is long and well documented, from player selection, drafting, coaching, and trades.

Everything starts and ends with KLowe. He started by stating there was a new NHL where small fast players would excel. He ended by creating a poisoned atmosphere for the players .........it's no wonder no players wants to come to this team. Add to that the great players that have left the Oilers under suspicious circumstance, only to excel in their new teams. Too many player to mention here.

Now that the going gets tough, he disappears! IF one care to look close enough every bad thing that has happened to this organization can be traced back to very bad management.

I'm waiting for someone to start the chant FIRE LOWE on the next CBC broadcast.

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#118 Rotten Ron
January 04 2014, 02:12PM
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@Rick Stroppel

As I said I do enjoy listening to him. He did call out Yakupov but he was also never a team mate of his and he was in agreement with management, had he written a story before he was sat saying they should do so it would be a different story.

Stauffers hands are tied, hes an Oilers employee, I wish I had more employees who were that loyal. Ha. However he has more lately than ever given callers, texters and emailers with differing opinion a voice alot more airtime maybe his way of letting others say what he cant.

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#119 Good News
January 04 2014, 02:13PM
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The good news is we don't have to watch our team get embarrassed on national tv tonight.

the bad news ... well there is a lot of that ...

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#120 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
January 04 2014, 02:29PM
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@Dave Lumley

Kruger deserved better. Though while vacationing in the Swiss Alps enjoying his frosty lager, I'm sure this is what Ralph is thinking about the Oilers situation.....

He's doing jumping jacks and handstands trying not to knock over his keg of beer in celebration that he wasn't the problem!

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#121 Kr55
January 04 2014, 03:10PM
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Just in case anyone needs a refresher on why the Oilers are in the state they're in and likely will never get out of it until one guy is fired from the organization:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-KAoQ6mgNk&t=1m49s

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#122 Furlise
January 04 2014, 03:49PM
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It is truly a very sad time in Oiler history. I find it embarrassing, hurtful, and shameful that this team has regressed to this point. Oiler Pride is slowly diminishing ...and I no longer wear Oiler colours with Pride.

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#123 blue31
January 04 2014, 04:11PM
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Rod Phillips got the hell out of E-town just in time.

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#124 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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#125 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 04 2014, 04:28PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Anyone have any ideas what's wrong with the Oilers?

They lose hockey games

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#126 LoweMustGO
January 04 2014, 05:20PM
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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.

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#127 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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#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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