Eskimos add former CFLer Kelly Bates as team rounds out coaching staff

Jason Maas unveiled his Eskimos coaching staff for the 2018 season and one of the new additions is a former teammate and offensive lineman Kelly Bates.

Bates will be the offensive quality control coach for the Eskimos.

Maas and Bates spent part of the 2010 season together in Edmonton. He played 10 years in the CFL winning two Grey Cups – both with the Lions – adding those to a Vanier Cup championship from his time at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2011 Bates moved to coaching B.C.’s offensive line and the Leos running backs from 2012-2014.

The Humboldt, Saskatchewan native accepted the head coaching position at Simon Fraser University in 2015, but after three winless seasons, the Clan let Bates go last November.

As reported at CFL Week, Maas will add offensive coordinator duties. Defensive coordinator Mike Benevides takes on coaching the linebackers too. Former CFL defensive lineman Demetrious Maxie moves to coaching the defensive line. D.J. McCarthy gets the receives position.



14 Comments on Eskimos add former CFLer Kelly Bates as team rounds out coaching staff

  1. Green&Gold // April 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm //

    Kelly is a solid guy. Welcome aboard.

  2. Wingback // April 3, 2018 at 1:08 pm //

    The evil empire are rounding into form
    what is it, 6 weeks until training camp?

  3. Doug Mc Clintock // April 3, 2018 at 1:27 pm //


    • Green&Gold // April 3, 2018 at 1:32 pm //

      I agree with you Doug. I remember when 1 guy stood behind the bench in hockey as well. It’s getting ridiculous.

    • CFL family // April 3, 2018 at 1:47 pm //

      They should have a different strength coach for different body parts. And a stretching coach and hot bath coach

      • CFL family // April 3, 2018 at 1:52 pm //

        Actually you can have too much speed. Cutting and finding holes is more important that blinding speed.
        You guys do know that Forest Gump was a fictional character right?

  4. timbits // April 3, 2018 at 2:09 pm //

    I will take the hot bath coach depends what she looks like my age it is hard to reach my back..

  5. Edward Leslie // April 3, 2018 at 4:58 pm //

    I think I’ll apply to be the first Long snapper coach. I don’t know if Ryan King needs any help though.

  6. Jason Maas is not only doing the right thing he is doing a smart thing! Intelligently run teams know that building a program inside of a pro football team breeds depth and leads to long term winning. A strong program doesn’t just develop better players, but it also develops better coaches. Depth in coaching and players allows teams to have players and coaches move on with little to no impact to the team. Brock Sunderland and Jason Maas are building a program that has the potential to run successfully for decades.

    As players go to other teams (NFL or CFL) they talk about their experience with a team and so do coaches as they bounce from the CFL to college or the NFL or even another CFL team. This talk plays a role in free agency both within the CFL and down south. Young coaches bring innovation and drive, but they also attract players who they recruited in college and want to rejoin their former coach. A good mix of young and experienced coaches is necessary to generate innovation while maintaining a winning tradition.

    Garnering a reputation for developing young coaches like Carson Walch and now Kelly Bates, Travis Brown, Rob Payne and Jordan Maksymic, who will be the next OC for the Eskies, will attract someone like Ricky Ray when ready to coach. The depth of protects the Esks if they were to have 3, 4 or even 5 coaches leave. More importantly Maas is building one of strongest coaching regimes that will foster the Eskimo way of unselfish support and development of coaching talent. This will only pay long-term dividends for the Eskimos.

    While some believe 13 on the Eskimos is a bit much, they should keep in mind the Eskies have no “consultants” or “guest coaches” whereas the Grey Cup Champions Argo’s have 14 coaches, Saskatchewan have 15 coaches and Montreal have 11 plus Rich Stubler as a consultant. So not only are the Esks in step, but they also have created a competitive advantage. Good on Coach Maas!

    • Green&Gold // April 3, 2018 at 11:13 pm //

      Nice post. I agree.

    • greenenvy? // April 4, 2018 at 1:38 am //

      I second that. It’s no surprise that in the 2 years Maas came over, 12 RedBlacks are on the roster. Most came via free agency to play on his team. He’s got a rep as a player”s coach & may be the brightest offensive mind in the CFL. Even Trestman commented earlier this year how impressed he is with what the Eskimo offence is doing. Adarius stated in 2016 he had never been asked to do as a receiver what Maas asked him to do. It is interesting to watch an Eskimo game. As Climie noted one telecast, the receivers don’t look at the QB for the call, they all look at the coach on the sidelines. Climie went on to note that watching a tape of an earlier game the Eskimo offence didn’t line up in the same formation twice all game. Small wonder that the Eskimo offence led the league in more than a dozen categories including averaging over 40 yards of net offence more per game than the next best team in the West. This is a very good team & getting younger.

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