Jason Maas screams at assistant coach on national television

Edmonton Eskimo head coach Jason Maas tore a strip off his special teams coordinator on national television on Saturday night.

With just under three minutes to play in the first half and the Eskimos backed up on their own five, punter Hugh O’Neill took a safety to give the B.C. Lions two points and the ball back. After the play, TSN cameras showed Maas going full snap show on special teams coordinator Cory McDiarmid.

This is McDiarmid’s second season with Maas in Edmonton and he’s spent more than a dozen seasons in the CFL, including stints with Saskatchewan and Winnipeg. In other words, this isn’t his first rodeo. This is just speculation but it seems likely that Maas was unhappy about giving up points and the ball that late in the half and the Lions did, in fact, score a touchdown on the ensuing possession, turning a 12-3 Edmonton lead into a tie game at the half. The Esks would ultimately win 35-29 in overtime.

This is hardly the first time Maas has lost his temper on the sidelines, though his anger is usually directed at inanimate objects like headsets. Dressing down a veteran CFL assistant is something altogether different.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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61 Comments on Jason Maas screams at assistant coach on national television

  1. Lancaster/Reed // October 22, 2017 at 1:21 pm //

    That was embarrassing. For everyone. Good luck finding new assistants Jason.

    • He is a terrible special teams coach and deserves to be fired.

    • Special Teams have been trash for 2 years! All Emotions are accepted. If you have a strong relationship doesn’t matter. If Teams Coach is sensitive he’ll be unemployed because no one will hire him!

    • This jerk upset my then 10 year old when, as our QB, he gave us the finger! My son then lined up for an autograph, but when it was his turn, he instead gave him crap!, and told him that we had a right to our opinion!

  2. White Horse // October 22, 2017 at 1:25 pm //

    Maas is a hot head who needs to maintain a bit more composure on the side lines. Man, McDermid was seething after he was berrated by Maas and then he screemed at players also.
    The players and asst coaches will tune Maas out sooner than later if he doesn’t cool it.

    • Can they do it next week against Calgary and just lose the game because of it cause we really need them to lose next week.

  3. I’ve seen players and coached get yelled at on the sidelines. I don’t see it as a big deal. We don’t know what happened. This is no different than last weeks narrative… Players fight in practice all the time. Whats the big deal!

  4. And people said Kent Austin was a hothead. Maas is Austin’s temper on steroids.

  5. Dyck Rubnutz // October 22, 2017 at 1:32 pm //

    McDiarmid should’ve punched that Mickey Mouse looking mofo right in the teeth. What an assclown

  6. solara2000 // October 22, 2017 at 1:37 pm //

    NO EXCUSE FOR UNPROFESSIONAL, UNCOUTH, BOORISH and EMBARRASSING BEHAVIOR! PERIOD! (yes the CAPS are intended). If I employed Maas, last night would have been the date of his termination of employment.

  7. Failure as a QB and a failure as a coach.

    • Prove Me Wrong // October 22, 2017 at 3:01 pm //

      And how many Grey Cup rings do you own?

      • theonlydispassionateriderfan // October 23, 2017 at 1:53 pm //

        Technically ye but he didn’t win either as a starter. On the roster? Absolutely. Received a ring? You bet. But it’s not like he didn’t anything to earn those rings(even his 3rd in TO as QB coach, given Ray was the QB and requires little to no coaching)

        • George Porge // October 25, 2017 at 11:11 am //

          Actually, Maas took over from Ray in both the WSF and WF that year. He may not have been a starter, but without his effort, the Esks would not even have been in the Grey Cup in 2005.

  8. Immature for sure! Loses respect of coaches, players and fans! Will never win the grey cup with that kind of approach!

  9. Jason Maas is a juvenile.

  10. Scottsask // October 22, 2017 at 2:48 pm //

    Hope he doesn’t have any pets…….or kids……

    • Look at your own roster concerning that type of behavior before commenting on the Eskimos please, riders track record is not the best

  11. WOW the armchair H.C.’s have lost their minds! People it is football, your fake outrage is meaningless, as this is how head coaches have to act to get peoples attention. Do you really think that was the first time Maas has tuned McDiarmid in?

    The Esks starting position on offense ranking is 8th and on defense 9th … that has EVERYTHING to do with the special teams and McDiarmid. McDiarmid should have been fired for the lousy job he did last year and yet Maas gave him a second chance. Who embarrassed who … you give a guy a second chance and he does the same things with the same results!?!?

    I leave all the armchair head coaches with what hall of famer head coach Bill Parcels though about political correctness and being sensitive as a head coach … then you can get over your delicate sensibilities for poor McDiarmid.

  12. Anyone who has watched Edmontons special teams play this year knows exactly why Maas is tearing a strip off McD.

  13. I remember Maas going into the game for RR in the western final against he Stamps in the 2005, he tore a strip off of the O line before the offense went onto the field, reason being they weren’t protecting Ricky Ray . Well it worked, Maas engineered the comeback and we beat the ALS in Vancouver for the cup.Maas was a big part of our championship and I will always remember him giving the offense a wake call. I don’t agree with everything he does, but to say he didn’t do anything as a QB is a mistake. Most Eskimo fans give Maas just as much credit for the cup win as they give RR. Truth is our special teams needed a wakeup call as well.

    • Yep I painfully remember that game Impalast, but I will correct one thing. That was the WSF not the WF. I think Edmonton then went to play and win in Vancouver 2 weeks in a row. The WF vs BC and then the GC Vs. Montreal
      In that WSF Calgary had a big lead at half and Maas just tooled us the 2nd half. Ray got the glory that year but Maas was invaluable. ==

    • That happened in both the West semi & West final.
      RR started, finished & won the GC game….

      • I do remember Maas being interviewed and saying that he wanted Ricky to start and finish the GC game, that endorsement shows what kind of a teammate he was.

  14. I’d like to know what former players think of Maas before I judge him. We don’t know what goes on in the locker room or behind the scenes. If they’re okay with it (& I think they are) then nothing going on here.

  15. I stand corrected, thank you. Maas relieved Ray twice that playoff, I do believe and his play changed our fortunes. Notice how Rider fans are at the forefront of this discussion.

    • lol yes I do
      Yet last week when coaches are having players fight in practice they all say “Nothing to see here. This is fake news by reporters who have it out for us”

      • Lancaster/Reed // October 22, 2017 at 4:06 pm //

        Oh donkey, if it was chris jones yelling at a rider assistant, you would have gone on a lengthy, multi-post, anti-jones diatribe, like you are so often prone to do.

        • And you call him on it and do the same here.

        • That’s really not the point. The point is riderfans here and other sites are jumping on this story and so quick to judge when they have problems that sound far more serious that are simply blown off as fake news. All because the media hates them for reasons none of them can give a reasonable explanation to

          • Lancaster/Reed // October 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm //

            I wouldnt say I was jumping all over the story, to call the scene embarrassing. I was embarrased for both coaches when i saw it happen last night. It was uncomfortable to witness. No coach wants to be embarrassed on national tv.

        • you should look at other sites and see whats said

  16. Idiotwind // October 22, 2017 at 4:34 pm //

    The hayseeds are out with the pitchforks, Cal. A Quick stop at Brad Wall’s Tofu stand for some chick food washed down with an almond milk should calm them down.

    • Lancaster/Reed // October 22, 2017 at 4:42 pm //

      I have family in BC and tofu and almond milk is just their kind of food. I like steak way too much to bother with tofu.

  17. Idiotwind // October 22, 2017 at 5:08 pm //

    Too late, Lancastereed your premier outed you. Crowds lined up at Tofu stands at Agribition? Who knew all those big farm boys prefer non dogs, no mayo please, to red meat? Mosaic must be bulging with the stuff. I didn’t know we have a bunch of Riders “lite”. Pass the gluten free bread & non-fat cheese.

    • Lancaster/Reed // October 22, 2017 at 5:16 pm //

      Are you trying to tell me that pulled pork bbq sandwich i had at the last game was actually tofu?

  18. idiotwind // October 22, 2017 at 6:06 pm //

    You poor dear – no of course not. Now come have your turkey dinner. Just because the drumsticks jiggle doesn’t mean it’s tofurkey…………..really.

    • Lancaster/Reed // October 22, 2017 at 9:49 pm //

      Youre destroying my faith in all meat based products. Now im going to have to start reading the labels on food.

  19. McDiarmid should have punched Maas in the throat.

  20. Paul Smith // October 22, 2017 at 6:59 pm //

    Jason Maas is a pantload

  21. Billinburlington // October 22, 2017 at 7:01 pm //

    This incident is much worse than the fight at a Sask practice last week. This sullies the reputation of the league and deserves a fine or suspension by the Commissioner for unsportsmanlike behaviour.

    • Lancaster/Reed // October 22, 2017 at 9:37 pm //

      As cal gary said. This isnt the first time a head coach yelled at an assistant,. Its just that the optics are bad because a camera caught the incident. Its an internal problem for edmonton to deal with or not (just like the “ fight” at rider practice was an internal issue. This particular incident with Maas was embarrasing to watch and embarrasing for the 2 involved, but the league doesnt need to , nor should it get involved.

  22. Unbelievable how some people think these days

  23. As Chris Jones would say ” These cats don’t know a thang

  24. Ron Bates // October 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm //

    The DC has seemed to me to be the cause of Maas grief on more than one occasion and has escaped the blast. Peculiar since 7-0- 7-7 was bad! OK !

  25. That was brutal, no excuse for that immaturity from Maas. Felt very sorry for Cory.

  26. Camera was also on Maas when Ross sneaked in for a touchdown while losing control after breaking the plain. You can clearly see Maas screaming, “That’s not a F******* touchdown”.

  27. I would of punched dumbo ears right in the mouth on national television then walked off to dressing room and quit

  28. rider rooter // October 23, 2017 at 11:37 am //

    Maas was charged up that is for sure. That kind of behaviour is not good at any time. If the powers to be in Edmonton think that this is ok I guess so be it . This out burst could have be building. In the past most of the successful coaches are calm and have their emotions in check. Maas is a new HC and he will evolve and learn.

  29. I would like to think it would be Maas’ decision on whether to give up the 2 points or not, not the special teams coach. Maybe they had a miscommunication and that was the reason, either way very unprofessional for Maas.

    • Tiger man // October 26, 2017 at 8:22 am //

      There is NO reason or excuse for belittling someone in front of the other coaches, players, fans and TV viewers.

      I would NEVER want to work for someone like that.

      He’s a child in a man’s world.

  30. Ridersnhabs // October 23, 2017 at 9:35 pm //

    I still remember ken miller once said he used to scream at his players and found it accomplished nothing and the players soon tuned you out . Ken could get the very best out of his coaches and players by treating them with respect .

  31. Tiger man // October 24, 2017 at 9:17 am //

    I only hope that at the end of the season, when the Eskimos fail to reach their goal, that the president or owners will unleash some LOUD criticisms on this child, and in public.

    Meantime, will someone PLEASE get a pacifier for Maas….

  32. RalphInTheCreek // October 25, 2017 at 11:28 am //

    Mass needs to be on some sort of tranquilizer. like a dart from a tranquilizer gun.

  33. Jason Maas has seen his team win start fast then tail off and all the while he seems more uptight, hyper and now looking – at times – unglued. Kent Austin at the end of his coaching stint dumbfounded me that he would not give Collaros a break and get Masoli who could run at least out there.

    Both of these coaches have fallen far down in my ranking as it’s one thing to show emotion and controlled anger as a coach it’s vastly different when you’re losing it on a coach or ref as Maas has lately.

    But the irony in the CFL is that it seems the GMs have no way to coach and counsel the HC to adjust his ways – just wait to fire the guy at the the end of the year.

    In the Esks case it was similar with their GM – Ed Hervey – and his antics. His Pres either didn’t man up and tell the GM what success looked like (and what it didn’t) so he got fired.

    It seems that many lack the ability to engage in tough conversations to redirect their people back onside so they wait and fire them. Not the best approach.

    • So I guess that a Grey Cup in 2015 wasn’t success enough for the Rhodent? No, the real reason behind Hervey’s firing was that he made the Rhodent insecure & he wouldn’t pay Hervey what Ed thought he was worth….

  34. If the Eskimos don’t fire this clown after 7 flukes (wins) and 6 well-deserved losses, one has to wonder about the self-stated city of “champions”… LOL! And if this is what people see on TV, can you imagine what happens with this clown behind closed doors. You’re a loser Maas. Try to do it with some Chris Jones’ “class”. LOL.

  35. Colourmegreen // October 28, 2017 at 7:24 pm //

    Jones left Edmonton but he has more class than Maas as shown on the field. Maas hasn’t done anything to improve that team since he took over from Jones. He can stay in Edmonton

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