The Edmonton Eskimos were once known as the flagship franchise of the CFL.
Winning seasons, home playoff games, and Grey Cups were once the norm in Edmonton. Now, a franchise won’t win championships every single season, there might be the odd year where home playoffs games or any playoff games simply don’t happen.
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The Esks filled their vacant General Manager spot yesterday, announcing that Ed Hervey has been promoted to the position following a four year stand as the club's Head Scout.
It's a reality that all teams must go through every so often.
For the Edmonton Eskimos, however, that reality has turned into a certainty in recent years.
Since their win over the Montreal Alouettes in the 93rd Grey Cup in 2005, the Eskimos have produced just two winning seasons.
During that same span they have also missed the post-season three times (2010, 2007,2006) and finished second just once (2011).
That’s right, just one home playoff game in the last eight seasons. They have one third place finish and twice they have had to cross over into the East Division.
Danny Maciocia couldn’t get the job done during his time as General Manager. While Eric Tillman had good results late in the 2010 season and for most of the 2011 season, it all fell apart in 2012 starting with the Ricky Ray trade which began a string of curious and costly moves.
The Eskimos parted ways with Tillman on Nov. 3 and it only took just over five weeks for Eskimos President and CEO Len Rhodes to find a successor.
The football team is now in the hands of Hervey, who receives a big promotion from his previous role as head scout. Hervey says it’s time to change the fortunes of the franchise.
“I believe in our culture here, I believe in Edmonton, and I believe our fans want something to believe in, and that’s what we’re here today for,” Hervey said.
“We’re here to give (the fans) some hope, we’re going to turn things around, we’re going to change things. We’re no longer going to be perceived as a side show.”
Dave Campbell has been on the Eskimos beat since 2004. He’s entering his ninth season as the Eskimo colour analyst for 630 CHED broadcasts. He also hosts The Points After Show, an openline post-game show. Follow Dave on Twitter @Dave_CHED.