Some Eskimos' fans showed their unhappiness Friday.With Friday night's loss to Calgary, the Edmonton Eskimos fell to 3-13 on the season. Perhaps even worse, they finished their home schedule with a 1-8 record. Fans in Edmonton are restless, as you can see from the bag-clad gentlemen above, and there's plenty of dissatisfaction with what this team has done this year. The key question is the organization plans to address the disaster of the 2013 season and turn things around for next year. Should they change assistant coaches, fire head coach Kavis Reed and/or fire general manager Ed Hervey, or stand pat and hope things improve?
The Eskimos have plenty of respected long-time CFL and CIS coaches in the assistant ranks, including defensive coordinator Greg Marshall, offensive coordinator Doug Sams, offensive line coach Kris Sweet and defensive line coach Leroy Blugh, but this group's results have been far from spectacular this year. Heading into Friday's loss to Calgary, the offence was looking terrible almost across the board, ranked second-last in points per game (23.3), last in rushing touchdowns (9), third-last in first downs (290), third-last in completion percentage (59.1 per cent) and third-last in passes intercepted (21). They'd seen some bright spots this year, mostly from the play of quarterback Mike Reilly, but the results hadn't come consistently.
The Eskimos' defence has also had substantial struggles, especially against the run. Heading into this week, they were conceding a league-worst 135.1 rushing yards per game (by comparison, second-worst Toronto was allowing 115.3), and that number's only going to climb after Jon Cornish collected 145 yards on 19 carries Friday. Add in special-teams miscues such as the Grant Shaw blocked punt (perhaps an attempted fake, but a terrible one if so) that turned into a Calgary touchdown, and there's a case that this coaching staff may need substantial changes across the board.Read More »from Should Kavis Reed and/or Ed Hervey face consequences for Edmonton’s struggles?