The Eskimos met for the final time as a team on Monday as the 2016 season came to end a day earlier in the Eastern Final. The Eskimos lost 35-23 to the Ottawa REDBLACKS in the snow and wind at TD Place.
On Monday the team met with the media to discuss the loss on Sunday and to reflect on the 2016 season which began with plenty of uncertainty with a new coaching staff coming in led by rookie head coach Jason Maas.
The team struggled in the first twelve games posting a record a 5-7 as the players were working out the kinks of new systems and losing many close games in the process. The Eskimos would finish the final six games with a 5-1 record which included four straight road games with the Eskimos winning three of those games. The Eskimos qualified for the post-season as the crossover team in the Eastern Division and beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24-21 in the Eastern Semi-Final before falling in yesterday’s East Final.
Head coach Jason Maas says he looking forward to opportunity to work with as much of the same group as possible when the 2017 CFL season begins in June. Maas has asked his entire coaching staff to come back for the 2017 season and the staff has expressed their desire to return.
General Manager Ed Hervey believes in continuity as well but cautions like in any off-season changes are likely with players such as receiver Derel Walker seeking work in the NFL, along with possible trades, releases, free-agent signings, and losing players to free-agency. Hervey says he hopes to have a stable roster heading into 2017.