Redblacks’ Brock Sunderland interviews for Edmonton GM job

Ottawa Redblacks assistant general manager Brock Sunderland is interviewing for the vacant Edmonton Eskimos general manger position today, per sources.

Sunderland was a candidate for the general manager job in Montreal last December, a position that was ultimately filled by Kavis Reed. The 37-year-old also interviewed for a similar position with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2015.

Sunderland has played a role in the football operations staff Ottawa general manager Marcel Desjardins assembled when the franchise came to be in 2014. Sunderland’s stock is high after the Redblacks upset Calgary 39-33 to claim the 104th Grey Cup championship.

He spent four years with Montreal from 2004-2007, starting as a regional and advance scout before being elevated to director of scouting. Sunderland then moved to the New York Jets for six seasons as a pro scout prior to landing in Ottawa. That NFL experience means the University of Montana grad has lots of connections down south. His father Marv is a college scout for the Tennessee Titans who has spent 40 years in the NFL.

Current Saskatchewan Roughriders assistant general manager Jeremy O’Day interviewed on Wednesday.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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9 Comments on Redblacks’ Brock Sunderland interviews for Edmonton GM job

  1. Finally some good news! SIGN Him, NOW!

  2. If he gets the Eskimos GM job his dad can help him out with the cuts coming out of the Titans camp. The best of both football worlds for however Brock works for.

  3. mrnehnehincognito // April 21, 2017 at 2:32 pm //

    I still say Esks should wait until seasons end. More choices then.
    I don’t think a new GM at this time really helps for 2017 season.

    • Bob knows. // April 21, 2017 at 2:47 pm //

      Your kidding, right???? No team can go a year without a GM. The way the CFL teams shed players, you need someone to pull trigger on a free agent who knows what he is doing.

      • mrnehnehincognito // April 21, 2017 at 3:31 pm //

        It’s not a year, it’s a season and they have an interm GM in place. The esks are set for this season Mass and Paul Jones and Hervey (prior to firing) already have the direction of draft and season in place. New GM will have his own ideas and thoughts which will conflict with existing regime to some extent. Its best to wait it out then that new GM can has the benefit of an entire off season when he can bring in his own people and players and build according to his plans.

    • I’ll have to remember this suggestion when I place value on any of your other comments through the season. You just set the bar pretty low cause that is stupid. Why don’t they trade Reilly and go without a QB this season too. LMAO

  4. The Esks want someone who can work with Maas so Sunderland is a perfect fit. If I was Edmonton I’d be wary of O’Day & I’m not saying that to keep O’Day in Saskatchewan. What happens if O’Day sends Franklin to Regina for next to nothing? You’d see a backlash like you had with Ray which ultimately led to Tillman getting the boot, especially if Franklin is the next big star. Conspiracy theories would abound just like they did in 2012. I don’t see why O’Day would want the job because any trade would be under suspicion especially with the Riders. Sunderland & Maas have a connection & it is unlikely he would have a problem with Maas as coach. It’s an interesting situation. Apparently word out there is the Eskimo alumni are pushing strongly for McManus.

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 22, 2017 at 5:10 pm //

      I don’t see what O’day would gain by trading Franklin to Sask for a low cost. Guess its irrelevant now as EDm signs Sutherland

  5. Jimmy Breslin // April 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm //

    This man is eminently qualified I’m sure Ottawa will wish him well but hate to see him go. Major blunder if the Esks don’t grab him !

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