Who hired Ed O'Neill and Mike Working?

Was it Charlie directly or were they hired on his recommendation?
Whatever the answer is it makes me want to ask…were these fellas the best they could find? Or was it the good ol’ boys club at work?

The Head Coach Normal Hires his own Staff
These are Charlie picks no question

Remember Rod Rust was signed and stepped down… im sure O’Neill was not in the plan from the beginning.

Taaffe. There was no Paopaoesque-hiring influence from on high to bring on a CFL-ready assistant head coach/OC as it was in 2006.

It will also be Charlie's call on who is on staff for 2008. I imagine that with Printers in tow, the pressure for improvement in ALL phases of the team has been ratcheted up. The margin of excuses has gotten reduced one caliper adjustment at least.

Oski Wee Wee,


Indeed. Rod Rust would have gotten a play in for Moreno even his teeth were falling out. LMAO

Night and day. It's a shame Rod had to step down, IMHO.

Oski Wee Wee,

Ed O'Neill?? Didn't he play Al Bundy on Married With Children?

That guy scored 4 touchdown in ONE game!! For Polk High. Who wouldn't hire him!

But Al Bundy wasnt a defensive minded player...

"It's a shame Rod had to step down, IMHO.

Oski Oui Oui"

Russ: You are right about that. What happened to all the speculation about Greg Marshall (the other) being hired? Was he ever interviewed? Same with Jacques Chapdelaine as OC...I always thought he had tons of potential. I assume they let Charlie do his own thing but I am puzzled as to why he would
go to guys who have no CFL experience.

But then again.....Pao Pao had CFL experience :oops: .

[quote="mr62cats"]"It's a shame Rod had to step down, IMHO.

Oski Oui Oui"

Russ: You are right about that. What happened to all the speculation about Greg Marshall (the other) being hired? Was he ever interviewed? Same with Jacques Chapdelaine as
rise up the chain of command after Huey's retirement was a significant factor in Jacques taking the Edmonton OC job.

And yes, he is a very good coordinator, IMO.

As for Greg Marshall of The Peg, he would have been allowed to interview for the HC vacancy but not the DC post without compensation from the Cats, I would think. Marshall is still under contract with the Bombers after all.

The convention is that if a coach wants to find an upgrade in post with another club, that that courtesy is afforded to him. Merely lateral moves are not on unless some payback is in the mix.

Marshall's defence has been underachieving thus far this year. The Bolden and Charlton pickups will help that a lot. He's a good coordinator, but not in Stubler's league at all.

Oski Wee Wee,

I won't speculate too much on the Jacques Chapdelaine front except to say that the scuttlebutt that Maciocia was to eventually rise up the chain of command after Huey's retirement was a significant factor in Jacques taking the Edmonton OC job.

And yes, he is a very good coordinator, IMO.

As for Greg Marshall of The Peg, he would have been allowed to interview for the HC vacancy but not the DC post without compensation from the Cats, I would think. Marshall is still under contract with the Bombers after all.

I don't think he was interviewed, if my memory serves me. If he were, Marshall was underwhelmed by the level of contact from the Cats, nevertheless.

The convention is that if a coach wants to find an upgrade in post with another club, that that courtesy is afforded to him. Merely lateral moves are not on unless some payback is in the mix.

Marshall's defence has been underachieving thus far this year. The Bolden and Charlton pickups will help that a lot. He's a good coordinator, but not in Stubler's league at all.

Oski Wee Wee,

Say Maciocia is fired this year. Would he be someone Taaffe might be interested in as an assistant coach?

I am not adverse to that. Danny was a good position coach under Charlie (RB coach) in Montreal and should have a good rapport with him.

We shall see.

Oski Wee Wee,

I can tell you here in Wpg last year there was a concern that Marshall would leave to become a head coach elsewhere. This season you don't really hear those concerns because the defence has not performed as well.

8) originally Rod Rust was signed to be our DC, but just 3 weeks before training was to begin he informed the club that he physically could not do it any more !!! It was then that Taaffe hired Ed O'Neil as a last minute replacement !!! Obviously a big mistake as has been proven in the last game especially !!!!

I luv how everyone always blames the coaches. It all comes down to talent, coaching is overrated. If you have receivers who can get open and a line that can block they will make any o.c and q.b look good, same thing with the defence, you throw a bunch of db's who can blanket receivers out there then all of a sudden O'neil looks like a genius.

Drexl -- you are supremely mistaken.

A defense can have many looks and we have pretty decent talent. Most defenses only specialize in 1 area, in fact. The defense is designed in such a way as to utilize the personel available to their potential. Example: the Montreal defense for years! Montreal had a great blitz package which gave offenses next to no time to get rid of the ball.

I think part of the problem is we have an awful blitz package and that our D-Coordinator has no clue what he is doing.

Zambiasi '08

even ray charles and stevie wonder would have never hired them without looking at their resumes.

Hiring both was a big mistake.

Hiring one would be a boo boo.

I see O'Neil out at year's end, with Working likely staying one more...but for him, I think it's a question of someone better becoming available.

Hopefully, someone with CFL experience becomes available for both spots, as both seem to be in over their heads.

My recollection is that Ed O'Neil
was under consideration from Charlie
as his DC for quite a while,

but he was under contract with
the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe.

That or Rod's wife's health and his age
held up the filling of the DC position

It was getting close to the beginning of March,
the time when Charlie wanted to start prepping
for the season with all his coaches,

so the hired Rod Rust as D.C.,

then, when Ed O'neil became available

they gave Rod Rust the title
of Defensive consultant.

Next thing I heard was that
Rod was guest coaching
at Edmonton's Training Camp.

But Montreal had the players to make it work, also Matthews used to cheat and steal signals with over half the teams in the league. When they'd play a team they couldn't steal signals from their D would get torched. Also Ron tried that system in 2003 and it didn't work for us at all.