The off-season is underway and every team faces questions. Today, I look at the questions facing the Edmonton Eskimos.
Who will be the Head Coach?
The consensus seems to be that Kavis Reed will be the man that leads the Eskimos out of the tunnel for their first game of the 2011 season. Maybe this is true, maybe it's not. If this is true then 'Kavis Reed' will soon become a synonym for 'failing upward.'
Who will be the starting Quarterback?
Ricky Ray? Jared Zabransky? Someone else? Quarterback is the most important position in football, especially Canadian football. The Eskimos need to make a decision: do they stick with the two-time Grey Cup-winning Ricky Ray or do they give the ball to former Boise St. star Jared Zabransky? Ray gives them their best chance to win now. If they go with Zabransky, however, that means Ray has to be moved. He is too talented, even with all the punishment he's taken, to ride the bench. I think Ray will stay one more season and then the team will move on to the Jared Zabransky era in 2012.
What will Eric Tillman's impact be?
The Eskimos played their tails off at the end of the 2010 season after Tillman took over. Whether that was a sign of things to come or just players playing for their jobs is debatable. One thing is for sure, Eric Tillman has a tremendous track record and he will turn the Eskimos around. It might not be this year, but before too long people who hate the Eskimos will have to put up with some good Edmonton teams.