Richie Hall is Getting On the Defensive Side of the Ball for Edmonton Eskimos

Jonathan HamelinCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2009

Yesterday, Edmonton Eskimos head coach Richie Hall announced who the new defensive coordinator will be  for the Eskimos will be in 2010: Richie Hall.

The Eskimos had been looking to fill the vacant defensive coordinator position, a position that had become open when defensive coordinator Jim Daley resigned last week.

“I look forward to taking over the defensive coordinator duties,” Hall said to “I’m excited to be more involved with the defense and I look forward to continue to build on what was established by the coaches in 2009.”

Despite the change, Hall will still maintain his head coach title.

While taking on two big roles may seem like a lot of work, no one is more qualified than Hall when it comes to coaching defence. Prior to becoming a head coach with Eskimos this season, Hall spent eight seasons as a defensive coordinator with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

In Saskatchewan, Hall’s defence constantly led the league in many defensive categories. Under his reign, the Roughrider’s defence was best known for their astute ability to stop the run. With defensive lineman like Scott Schultz and Nate Davis, and linebackers like Reggie Hunt, the Riders certainly did not make things easy for opponents on the ground.

Perhaps one of the crowning moments for Hall, and the Roughriders defence, was in the 2007 Western Final against the British Columbia Lions. The visiting Roughriders held the Lions (who had an impressive record of 14-3-1 coming into the game) to 17 points. The Riders went on to win the Grey Cup.

Hall's new permanent role with the defence will only benefit a struggling Edmonton defence. In 2009, the Eskimos seemed to lack an identity on defence. Stats wise, the team gave up nearly 100 yards rushing, and 300 yards passing a game. They also gave up an average of 28 points-per-game.

In other defence-related news, the Eskimos signed Mike Walker as their Defensive Line Coach. Walker was a former defensive lineman in the Canadian Football League, spending time in Edmonton during his career. is reporting that the Edmonton Eskimos have released veteran offensive lineman John Comiskey. Comiskey was the Eskimos nominee for the Oustanding Lineman Award in 2008.

Slam Sports has reported that any speculation that the Toronto Argonauts will one day play games at BMO Field was shot down recently, after a study by the CFL deemed it would not be possible. No details of the study were released.

CFL commissioner Mark Cohon may soon have a new job. According to the Toronto Star, Cohon’s name is high on the list of possible people to run the 2015 Pan Am Games.

In some head coach news, TSN is reporting that the Montreal Alouettes are set to re-sign head coach Marc Trestman on Thursday. Trestman led the Alouettes to a Grey Cup victory this season. The Globe and Mail is reporting that Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike Kelly will be back despite the Bombers 7-11 season.

Sources: www.cfl.cawww.thestar.com , .

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