Eskimos fire head coach Jason Maas

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The Edmonton Eskimos have fired head coach Jason Maas, per sources.

Maas’ final game as bench boss came in the 2019 Eastern Final at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton. The Esks lost 36-16 and after Maas was asked about his future in Edmonton.

“I don’t care about my future, so I’d prefer the question not to be answered if you ask me,” Maas said clearly frustrated.

Since Maas was hired by then-general manager Ed Hervey in December 2015, the Esks reached division finals in three of the four seasons the 43-year-old was head coach. Since a 12-6 record in 2017 Edmonton’s record went the other way, 9-9 in 2018 while missing the playoffs and 8-10 secured a crossover playoff spot during 2019.

Maas produced a 39-33 win-loss record in a rough and tumble West Division plus a 3-3 post-season mark. Inside Edmonton’s locker room, the players back Maas and played hard all the way through his tenure. The leaders supported Maas, whose contract runs through the 2020 season, wholeheartedly. But GM Brock Sunderland decided to relieve Maas of his duties.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.