New OC ??

Re: New OC ??

by QQ One-Nine » Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:01 am

Excerpts from a Sun article:

As GM Marcel Desjardins puts it, the switch to offensive co-ordinator Jaime Elizondo will be a "seamless" transition as the RedBlacks move on from Jason Maas, who took the head coaching job with the Edmonton Eskimos a couple of weeks ago.

Burris, Ottawa's quarterback who put together a Most Outstanding Player season under Maas' schemes, won't have to learn a whole new offence. As it turns out, Maas and Elizondo, who was announced as the new RedBlacks offensive co-ordinator on Christmas Eve, have plenty in common - especially their offensive learnings. They go back to the system of former Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman, then Scott Milanovich ... and maybe even beyond that.

"The lineage starts with Trestman, that's where it's based out of," said the 44-year-old Elizondo. "It's important to have a system and understand it. If the system isn't broad enough and it isn't good enough, you come to a point where you run into some roadblocks.

"This system has been around for a long, long time. We're not reinventing the wheel here. Our system's in place, there'll be some tweaking of terminology, but not much. The key is, can we come in here and minimize the learning curve you would normally get when you transition to a new co-ordinator? We're trying to take it from where this team left off because a lot of the pieces are in place."

Elizondo, who was born in Mexico and raised in El Paso, Texas, has packed plenty of experience into his football life. He first worked in the CFL in 2008 with the Alouettes as receivers and assistant special teams coach. He then moved to Syracuse and worked as the receivers coach for the Orangemen in 2009 before joining the Argos in 2010 and 2011 as offensive co-ordinator and quarterbacks coach.

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Elizondo has spent the past few days in Ottawa, getting a feel for the organization and getting a read on coach Rick Campbell.

"I spoke to Rick on the phone for awhile," said Elizondo. "I came up and wanted to spend some time with him, get to know him. That was important. Everything people say about him is right on.

"I wouldn't have taken this job (if I didn't feel like I was on the same wavelength). In this business, you spend so much time together. It's important to be on the same page as far as how you handle adversity, how you handle success, how you handle discipline, are you on the same page with philosophy? This is what I walked away with: He's a good human being."

The RedBlacks got permission from the Argos to talk to Elizondo a couple of weeks ago.

"There were other qualified people out there, but he was the guy we were hoping we'd be able to hire," said Desjardins. "He was on our list from the get-go. He's the perfect fit for us right now."

As it turns out, Elizondo has a pretty good handle on Ottawa. His wife Aurelia's parents live here.

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"I was very cautious about making sure it was the right fit," he said. "It's more important in football to be surrounded by the right people than it is just to take a position because it's a promotion. I don't have that need anymore. This was important that the pieces fit."
“This isn’t about why football doesn’t work in Ottawa,” said (Jeff) Hunt, “It’s more, on a larger scale, why poorly run businesses don’t work anywhere.” Ottawa Business Journal, September 12th, 2013.
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Re: New OC ??

by Hank01 » Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:17 pm

Elizondo sounds like a good fit for the team . They really lucked out . I have to be honest I never heard of him before they signed him . Does anybody have any stats for the brief period he was an OC in Toronto prior to his receiving coach term ?
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Re: New OC ??

by QQ One-Nine » Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:52 pm

Hank01 wrote:Elizondo sounds like a good fit for the team . They really lucked out . I have to be honest I never heard of him before they signed him . Does anybody have any stats for the brief period he was an OC in Toronto prior to his receiving coach term ?


Well...I saw a comparison done very recently. The Argos struggled offensively in most ways at the time, but their best QB was...Cleo Lemon. Personally I think Burris is better. :wink: Yet in 2010 they were 9-9 after a 3-15 season. They won 6 games in 2011 with Dalton Bell (??).

The interesting thing was that they led the league in rushing average and the RedBlacks certainly have the guns to do that.
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