Looking at it now, Danny M's firing seemed more to be to placate the fans than for sound football operations principals. Why fire a guy for whom you haven't even begun to look for a replacemement? When the Riders turfed Shivers, they had a deal cut with ET, so at least some evaluation could take place in the "stump year" which at least gives some value to what is otherwise a lost season.
Now, they are just going to list rudderless, when instead a new GM could spend 11 games figuring out who he wants from this group - players and coaches alike, and at least start getting some of his people in place. Now, they're just killing time, and the new GM will inherit a bunch of "fixes" from this group that he may not want anyway.
Instead, you're going to entrust personnel decisons to a lame duck coach and Ed "catch my helmet" Hervey? C'mon.
Ricky L made a dumb decision - not by turfing DM, but by doing so without having a successor ready. And that may cost the Eskimos the 2011 season too.
And thinking about it, this kneejerk decision is a microscosm of the Eskimos whole problem. They lurch from one bad decision to the next, like a drunk in a dark room, hoping eventually to bump into something good. There is no plan, no charted course. Just "this doesn't work, let's try something else". The Eskimos under Campbell never behaved so foolishly.