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Edmonton Eskimos Waste No Time in Firing Kavis Reed

CALGARY, AB, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 2: Kavis Reed head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos reacts as his team loses their game to the Calgary Stampeders in the second half of their CFL football game September 2, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Todd Korol/Getty Images)
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Jim FlanneryAnalyst IDecember 20, 2016

The Edmonton Eskimos announced Monday that head coach Kavis Reed will not be returning next season after guiding the team to a disappointing 4-14 record and last place in the CFL West Division.

The former Eskimos defensive back just completed his third season as head coach of the franchise. He started off his coaching career with a bang, going 11-7 and being nominated for the CFL Coach of the Year award in 2011.

Things were less rosy in 2012 when the team went 7-11 and took an early exit from the postseason before finally bottoming out this year and missing the playoffs entirely.

Edmonton has a long and storied history, having won 13 Grey Cups in 24 appearances in the championship game. But its last Grey Cup win was in the 93rd Grey Cup in 2005. Almost a decade without a trip to the big dance is frustrating to the team, and missing the playoffs is not considered acceptable to this franchise.

Reed becomes the first coaching casualty since the end of the regular season in the CFL. Tim Burke of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers could be the next on the chopping block after guiding his team to the worst record in the league at 3-15.

No names have been mentioned yet as possible replacements for Reed, and it is possible that Edmonton might wait until at least the end of the postseason before making any kind of announcement.

 

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