Riders’ Jeremy O’Day to interview with Eskimos

Saskatchewan Roughriders assistant vice president, football operations and administration Jeremy O’Day is preparing to interview for the vacant Edmonton Eskimos general manager position, per sources.

After O’Day spent 14 seasons playing in the CFL, the final 12 with the Riders, the four-time CFL all-star offensive lineman moved into the front office with Saskatchewan in 2011. He spent four seasons as the assistant general manager. In August 2015 O’Day was named interim general manager for the final nine games of the season. Then he interviewed for the permanent job that off-season, which eventually went to Chris Jones who retained O’Day and added John Murphy as essentially assistant general managers.

O’Day interviewed for the Eskimos general manager job when the team hired Ed Hervey in December 2012.

He won Grey Cups as a player in 1997 with Toronto and 2007 while on the Riders and the 42-year-old earned a Grey Cup ring as a football executive with Saskatchewan in 2013.

The Eskimos unexpectedly fired Hervey last Friday after four seasons at the helm with president Len Rhodes citing philosophical differences.

With the window for CFL teams to interview front office personnel from other clubs closed, Edmonton would have needed permission from both the league and the Riders in order to speak to O’Day and will have to follow the same process should they wish to interview other candidates currently under contract.

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53 Comments on Riders’ Jeremy O’Day to interview with Eskimos

  1. O’Day sign with Edmonton and then trade Franklin to the Riders.

  2. mrnehnehincognito // April 12, 2017 at 6:56 pm //

    About time someone took someone from riders instead of Riders taking from everyone else.

    • Puck Hog // April 12, 2017 at 7:43 pm //

      Sure, Stampland. You do realize that JO is under contract and would have presumably been given permission by the Riders for the Esks to “take” him.

      • mrnehnehincognito // April 12, 2017 at 7:54 pm //

        Of course. Obviously the Riders would have to give permission. For a promotion and as professional courtesy most teams will grant it. Jones would have a hard time justifying denial of permission especially given his past “movement”

        • Puck Hog // April 12, 2017 at 8:33 pm //

          Jones and the Riders’ organization don’t have to justify anything. The Riders do not hinder people from bettering themselves and would automatically grant permission. Again, the point of my initial response was to dismiss your implication that the Esks would be somehow stealing Oday.

          • mrnehnehincognito // April 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm //

            I suggest you read my initial comment again. No where did I say anyone was stealing anyone. I’m pointing out the fact the Riders tend to fill there higher positions with other teams personnel rather than their own so it’s nice to see the reverse happening for once. Not saying the riders are using illicit tactics in doing so.

    • Ladd Law // April 13, 2017 at 3:49 pm //

      I guess it really chafes you to realize that the Riders, regardless of on field success, are the most celebrated team in the league . . and for good reason. When it comes to deciding where one wants to be, they are on top of most lists. But heck, at least you’re consistent with your haters point of view and constant bashing. Sad little boy.

      • mrnehnehincognito // April 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm //

        They currently have greatest fan support that I can’t argue. Most celebrated? Come on Ladd Law don’t be silly. You have the least amount of on field success than any team in this league. That includes Ottawa and Montreal who have had several years without football

      • mrnehnehincognito // April 13, 2017 at 4:22 pm //

        When it comes to deciding where one wants to be, they are on top of most lists.

        Umm please show me a few samples of these lists Ladd Law.

  3. Bob Knows // April 12, 2017 at 7:12 pm //

    This is exactly what Jones wants. He will take on that job as well, Annex Saskatchewan as part of his Tennessee empire, then he will begin building the death star….

  4. Scottsask // April 12, 2017 at 7:45 pm //


  5. I think this is a great opportunity for Mr.O-Day to source himself out , served the Riders well – I think , whether he gets the job or not .
    Good Luck !

  6. O’Day is a good guy and a good start to the Eskimos GM search. If he gets the job I’m sure he will do a great job. He certainly has paid his dues and has learned the position to be successful.

  7. What , I can’t believe that Jones let Oday interview for this position . Correct me if I am wrong but sounds just like Hervey letting Jones talk to Reynolds ???? Sooooo should we be mean mouthing EE for possibly stealing our assistant GM ???? I think not Rider fans are above that .

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 12, 2017 at 9:43 pm //

      It’s hard not having sour grapes when the shoes is on the other foot doesn’t it Mel?

    • Why would Rider Fans be badmouthing Esks for taking ODay? It will be a great opportunity for him, and naturally the Riders would encourage that. It would be a chintzy GM who would stonewall an opportunity.

  8. Edmonton fans would revolt, low chance of this actually happening. Good test drive though.

  9. mrnehnehincognito // April 12, 2017 at 10:35 pm //

    I’ll say I’m surprised Edmonton is in a rush. It would be better to wait after season as choices will be better. It would be nice to see a near lifelong rider like O’Day get a chance elsewhere. Far too often we see up and comers and successful CFL people have their careers killed in Sask. Example being Danny Barrett

  10. green rider // April 12, 2017 at 11:06 pm //

    Wish JO all the best in his interview. Would hate for the Riders to lose him but he deserves the opportunity. Would have liked to see him as the Rider’s GM.

  11. Ron Bates // April 12, 2017 at 11:57 pm //

    It’s April going into May you guys get with it and realize that!

  12. Marc Lebut // April 13, 2017 at 9:23 am //

    Jones allowing his own top contender to talk with his former team. Makes sense, from a Jones point of view.

  13. Edmonton is welcome to him. O’Day is the slug who traded Jerome Messum for Crapigna. His ties to Rider hierarchy are the only reason he’s still with the team. Take him Esks. You deserve him

  14. I disagree with the assessment of that trade, WCT. While Messam is still a great RB, he only has a few years left and the Riders were still missing the playoffs, with or without him. Whereas Crapigna has a good chance to be the Riders FG kicker for the next 10-15 years, if he stays healthy.

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm //

      Riders gave up guy who was top Canadian in league last year. Messam would have made a hell of a difference on a poor o-line last year in Sask. While age is a concern you could have had a few years out of him.Instead you got a kicker . Honestly what team isn’t able to find a good kicker? Crapiga while good hasn’t proven to be clutch yet. His greatest asset is his athletic ability and unless you plan on having him play receiver or return kicks is a waste.

      • Firstly, kicking and ST are 1/3 of the game so I thinking your undervaluing a consistent, long-term kicker, especially one that is a National.
        Messam might have made a difference last year with a porous O-line – or, he might have taken a pounding all year and been was less effective. Either way, even an all-star season from Messam wasn’t getting the Riders into the playoffs last year.
        When a team like the Riders is in total rebuilding mode, it makes sense to move marketable, but older assets (Messam) for younger assets (Crapigna) and draft picks. Which is what the Riders did at the time.

        • mrnehnehincognito // April 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm //

          Richard, Do you think having Messam would make a difference this year for Riders?

          • Perhaps, if he’s able to play at the same level as last season. However the Riders have two good young National options at tailback in Kienan Lafrance and Greg Morris, and they have two import options as well (Marshall and Thomas)

          • Patience // April 17, 2017 at 2:12 pm //

            Messam wouldn’t make a difference in Saskatchewan. I am pretty sure that he can’t throw the ball.

        • mrnehnehincognito // April 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm //

          If Lafrance can prove to be an impact player that will be a good thing and I agree Messam may drop in production this year (I hope not). Either way Calgary can afford to make this an import position again if they have to. We will see if Crapiga is an impact kicker . Remember he’s not a punter only place kicker.

      • Ladd Law // April 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm //

        You are a f’n joke buddy. Can’t say it any other way. I am sure you think you know all about all, but what you really do is demonstrate exactly why the Stumps have a hard time filling the seats, unless the Riders are there, and their fans are the worst toward visiting fans who come to an away stadium. I get you don’t like Jones, but how does that reflect on Riders of 10, 20 or more years. And why do you care, but you’re defense has never been the same since he left. Because your team joked in the GC again . . . really, someone needs some help or a special new friend.

        • mrnehnehincognito // April 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm //

          Ladd Law not sure why you turned this into a conversation about Stamps attendance and an attack on me but whatever; you are free to say what you want 🙂

        • mrnehnehincognito // April 13, 2017 at 4:13 pm //

          but you’re defense has never been the same since he left
          Ladd Law I suggest you gain knowledge before you write things sometimes.Look at defensive stats last few years and you may change your mind

          • Ladd Law // April 13, 2017 at 5:58 pm //

            Just pointing out that you represent Stamp fans in general and do it well. You are exactly as we have experienced for many many years. Rider hater rather than just a Stamp fan. Hopefully you will learn the difference.

        • mrnehnehincognito // April 13, 2017 at 6:14 pm //

          Ladd Law. You talk about being a hater? Your only comments are pouncing on me. Sir it is you that’s the hater.
          Lose the chip on your shoulder. The world doesn’t revolve around riders and they don’t own some divine right to have every other fan in the league grovel at their feet because of marginally better fan support than other teams. There are 2 teams in Alberta that have run far better organizations overall than yours.

  15. mrnehnehincognito // April 13, 2017 at 10:57 pm //

    I’m off to New York City for Easter weekend. Happy Easter everyone
    Back Monday afternoon

    • Zzzzzzzzzzz.

    • SaskWatch // April 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm //

      Hope you’re flying United… And you’re bumped.

      • mrnehnehincognito // April 17, 2017 at 8:55 pm //

        wow.Once again a Rider fan leaves me speechless with deplorable statements like this. Wishing personal harm to me. Tell me Saskwatch when have I said soemthing like this against a rider fan?

  16. Leave the bunnies alone

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