Kavis Reed says goodbye

Usually, when a coach gets fired, he will offer his last words a day or two after the dirty deed has been done.

Not Kavis Reed. He was required to do it a day or two before being removed as Edmonton Eskimos head coach.

Sunday Reed stood in the interview room not wearing Eskimos apparel for the first time almost certainly answering questions for the final time.

He didn’t come right out and say he expected to be fired in the next couple of days. But it was there to be read between the lines in everything he said.

At one point Reed even said “God grant me the opportunity again? referring to having a chance to be a head coach after he gets fired from being one here.

It was a surreal scene as this classy man found himself in a position of saying goodbye before he was gone.

He’ll leave with nothing but respect from his players and the people who cover the club.

It’s sad, considering that coaching the Eskimos was the dream of the former player, whose career as a player here ended early due to a neck injury. He continued to live in Edmonton in a decade of working in different CFL assistant coaching jobs.

Despite a 4-12 season — the worst year in Eskimos history since 1963 — Reed wouldn’t say he made a mess of it.

Quite the opposite.

“I wouldn’t change an absolute thing,? he said.

“There wasn’t one thing I felt I did in intention of not allowing this franchise to grow. I’m very proud of that fact. I never put myself before this franchise.

“Now the season has been culminated, what will happen will happen. In this position you are going to be judged on Ws and Ls. There isn’t going to be that investigation into whether you are a good coach or not. It’s Ws and Ls,? said the coach who went from 11-7 to 7-11 to 4-16 and had to deal with more noise than just about any other coach in Eskimo history, especially with the Tillman & Rhodes Circus last year and everything which happened this year with this dysfunctional franchise.

“This is a microwave society. I think people think the more changes you make the closer you get to something. Actually, the more changes you make the further away you get,? he did offer.

Your correspondent fired Reed in this column a month ago. When your record is 6-23 since heading to Calgary for the Labour Day game last year, you don’t need a laundry list of reasons for dismissal. I offered them then. There’s no reason to repeat them today.

“There is nothing that Kavis Reed did that I’m not proud of. If this is my last year here I believe we put this franchise back on track where it needs to be and where it will enjoy success and I would wish it only the best.

“I know the men in that locker room are stronger. I know the men in that locker room have character that has grown. I know they have grown as players and men.

“Whatever will come will come but for me, it has always been about this franchise. Whatever is decided is decided. It’s not something I’ve ever lost sleep over. I’ve been in the business long enough to understand that part of the business.

“As a coach, I’ve always said your resume is the players. It’s how you treat them. It’s how you coach them, it’s how you train them and more importantly how you lead them. I’ve never lost sleep over it. I won’t lose sleep over it.?

His coaching staff knows what’s coming.

“I met with the coaches in the morning and obviously our record says that there is going to be deliberation on us. That’s reality. You can’t hide from that elephant that’s in the room,? said Reed who says there are player evaluation reports to be written.

“And for us as a coaching staff we need to continue to work until someone comes and gets the keys and escorts you out of the door. You continue to do the best for this franchise.

“I bleed green and gold. This community has been great to me for 20 years. I’m positive that I love this franchise. I’m confident this franchise got everything I could give it. I wish this franchise only the best.

There is that part of me that wants to see this thing through. But I’m going to go with whatever is decided.

“But I will write a book.?

With what has happened being the scenes in Kavis Reed’s time in his dream job, if it’s a tell-all book, it may sell more copies that the Eskimos will sell season tickets next year.


Officially fired this morning.

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Some guys are just too nice or idealistic to be HC.

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I guess the only surprise is that it happened so quickly, I kind of thought that Hervey would stall a bit to try to come up with a reason to not make the change. Now the speculation can begin as to who will replace him. Here is a short list of candidates. In order here are my picks:

  1. Craig Dickenson
  2. Paul LaPolice
  3. Dave Dickenson
  4. Jason Maas
  5. Matt Dunnigan

For the record, I have no inside information, don't claim any sources. Just having some fun with this, if you have a problem with that, it is your problem, I don't want to hear from the usual put down group. :cowboy:

You'd put Maas and Dunnigan ahead of Chris Jones !

…I heard he was canned ont he drive into work, at 8:10am, and the reporter said ‘earlier today’…what time is appropriate to fire someone? like 7am?..(and I’m not a sleepy-head either, I was out trail running at 5:30)

I guess they wanted to make sure he didn't come into work this morning...After his presser yesterday it makes sense. He made it easy on Hervey.

Chris Jones would be a great choice for sure.

...I'n not saying it's impossible, but I chuckle every time I see HC hiring rumours and Dave Dickenson's name is mentioned...saying 'here is a list of guys that could be HC' is way different than the list that says 'here's a bunch of guys that could be HC that also would be interested in coming to our, at-present, disfunctional organization'...

...with his wife a native calgarian, kids in school, their second home in Montana only a short drive away and pretty obvious hierarchy plan that Huf is grooming him to take over the HC spot here I don't see DD as a viable candidate for Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, etc.

...but like I said at the start, not impossible, just highly improbable...

I am not sure is there is an appropriate time, hopefully when the axe did fall, Kavis was the first to know.

Amazing how no one has put Greg Marshall on that list as of yet.

I don't think the 2.5 hour drive is a huge impediment. I also don't see Huf standing in his way if he wants to go. My list is simple guys I would like to see, so don't read anything into it. I also think that hiring a Dickenson brother could result in 2 for 1. Note that I also picked Craig first although Winnipeg would likely have some say in that.

I would also like Mark Nelson but if for no other reason than I played on the same high school team as he did. He is better sticking with DC but I would love to see him back in Edmonton. I still say Hervey's biggest mistake was letting Nelson get away.

I think it's going to be someone new or someone who's not going to get an opportunity elsewhere. I don't see anyone on the OP's list wanting to leave their current situation to join the most dysfunctional family in the CFL.

I see Jones being mentioned and he would be a great choice for Argo fans, lousy choice for Edmonton. His specialty is defense and he has done a horrible job with the Argo defense this year, but by all means if Edmonton would like to help improve the Argos again they can have Jones. :wink:

If I was Dave I'd stay put...

I'll be surprised if Rick Campbell doesn't get the job.

Dickenson apparently turned down an overture by the Esks a while back. But situations change. I’m not sure how old his kids are, maybe they’re in a better position to adjust to a move. Maybe after having a couple of years he and his wife have had time to reconsider. Who knows. Improbable but not impossible like you said. Teams will undoubtedly inquire though. There was a time I though Buono was entrenched in Calgary and would live out the rest of his days as a GM/VP there and he made the jump to the Lions.

I wasn’t a fan of Doug Berry’s when he was a HC here, his personality just kinda wore on you over time. But I have to admit he’s done a good job with the young QBs in Montreal and getting things turned around with the mess that offense was at the start of the year. It wouldn’t surprise me if he got consideration for the a job in Edmonton, Ottawa, or even taking over as HC from Popp.

Yeah, a guy like A.J Gass.

I feel for him in a way. They trade away his #1 QB last year, dump the GM job on him mid season and now the whole mess is his fault. He could have done better this year and he made some bonehead mistakes (time management anyone), but I think his firing help Kavis Reed a lot more than the Edmonton Eskimos.

can't say i'll miss seeing him on the sidelines. he made so many decisions that lost his team the game or chance at the win.
who will replace him?
who's available?
Higgins hasn't had a coaching job in a long time. i found him to be the most competent coach to not land a job since his last. he took the esks to back to back grey cup apperances - won one - and turned the stamps around.