Jason Maas will add offensive coordinator to his duties with Eskimos

Edmonton head coach Jason Maas will become the team’s offensive coordinator once again.

After the Eskimos saw Carson Walch left to join the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles as an assistant receivers coach, the role needed to be filled and Maas is taking on the additional workload.

“Yes, I’ll take over those duties. This late in the off-season it’s kind of hard to go out and find a guy in my estimation that’s quite ready for that to take over, to know our offence the way it needs to be run, I feel like I’m the guy who is qualified to do that,” Maas said.

“I’ve got a lot of help on our staff with Mike Gibson being the run game coordinator and protection guy. Jordan Maksymic has been our quarterback coach and pass game coordinator now and has worked with Carson [Walch] for two years, so he understands what we’ve been doing. I’m going to have a lot of help.”

Maas was a standout as the Ottawa Redblacks offensive coordinator in 2015 which earned him the Eskimos head coach job.

“It’s something I’ve done in the past and feel very good about. I have a good relationship with Mike [Reilly] so I understand what he ends up liking throughout the week. And I still have worked very closely with the offence for the last two years,” Maas said.

There has been speculation that when four-time Grey Cup champion and current Argos pivot Ricky Ray retires from playing he could join forces with Maas as coaches. The two spent three seasons together as quarterbacks with the Eskimos (2002, 2003 and 2005).

“As far as Ricky, I don’t know how much I want to comment on a player who is in our league right now becoming a coach of mine one day on a staff I may have,” Maas said carefully. “I’ll just say this: we have a very solid relationship, I wish him nothing but the best this year and hope his career continues as a player for as long as possible.”