Edmonton Eskimos part ways with Eric Tillman | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League

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EDMONTON – Edmonton Eskimos President and CEO Len Rhodes announced Saturday afternoon that the club has relieved Eric Tillman of his duties as general manager effectively immediately.

“I have spent considerable time looking at the future direction of this club and did not see Eric as a part of this team moving forward,” Rhodes said. “We will begin our search for a new general manager immediately and hope to have a successor in place by the end of the calendar year.”

Tillman joined the Eskimos in September 2010. Since then, the club has had back-to-back playoff appearances. In his 12 years as general manager with Edmonton, Saskatchewan, BC, Toronto and Ottawa, Tillman has four Grey Cup appearances with three wins.

Edmonton finished its regular season Friday with a loss, 30-27 to the Calgary Stampeders.

The Eskimos qualified for the post-season on a cross-over berth and will take on the Toronto Argonauts in East Semi-Final.

Fan Comments
Maybe he is the guy the TiCats need to make our team better.
November 04, 2012 - 1:58pm
What the Ti-Cats need is a defence that can stop a team driving in the 4th Q and a little more pass protection to cut down on qb fumbles & ints.
November 04, 2012 - 5:27pm
Just making the playoffs once in the past 3 years is not the reason for Tillmans dismissal it has more to do with the entire way that he ran the team and how he treated the players and other personnel with the team that was the reason that made this a completely obvious decision for the ownership
November 04, 2012 - 1:16am
Twice in three years.
November 04, 2012 - 11:15am
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danny maciocia, eric tillman, so who's next in the chute? marcel desjardins?
November 04, 2012 - 2:23pm
Oh come on... Maciocia was awful, and was given many chances with the Esks, as both HC and GM. He took a successful team and killed it for many years, even after his departure! Interesting that no other CFL team will touch him... And as for Tillman, good riddance. I'm glad that Esks brass learned from the Maciocia debacle, not to give a poor performing GM too many chances!
November 04, 2012 - 4:09pm
I wonder if the "aha" moment came when they realized that 3rd stringer Nicholls threw more TD passes in one game and a quarter than their anointed starter Jyles did in half a season! Obviously the Ricky Ray trade was seen as a bust!
November 03, 2012 - 9:49pm
Three playoff appearances in 3 years is not enough to keep your job in Edmonton. The next GM will have to be a real optimist.
November 03, 2012 - 6:05pm
What took so long? After trading away Ricky Ray for quarterbacks that were not adequate to be playing anymore, and not be able to develop quarterbacks like the B.C. Lions do, like any one of them can play and be successful, there is something wrong here. Eric took the team backwards rather than forward. But there are a lot of positives in most of the players here, other than return team and quarterbacking. Matt Nichols is definitely ready for prime time!
November 03, 2012 - 5:38pm
Why would you do this before playoffs? There's got to be something I don't know.

That just puts makes the team that more unstable, more so probably for the coaching staff.
November 03, 2012 - 5:36pm
actually with the way that Tillman has treated the players and other personnel on this team making this move just before the playoffs probably does much more for the morale of the team then anything else they could have done.now the players will be able to go out there and perform and know that it will not be Tillman that is the one that will be getting the credit for the wins
November 04, 2012 - 1:19am
Ok thanks for the update. When you support one team you don't hear all the inside info about other ones. If that's true, that's a shame for the team on the one hand, but like you say probably for the best at this point.
November 04, 2012 - 8:24am
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and what's this parted ways nonsense? he was FIRED period!!
November 03, 2012 - 5:26pm
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OUT OF LEFT FIELD!! maybe it was tillman and not everybody else in ottawa as tillman got us to believe!! also I'm still not sold on his regina affair(not the way your taking it)!! something never washed about it and something was missing!! now the rumour mill already starts up with tillman going to toronto!! SILLY SEASON HAS BEGUN!!
November 03, 2012 - 5:24pm