Lions have had discussions with Jason Maas about being their offensive coordinator

The B.C. Lions have reached out to Jason Maas about being their offensive coordinator.

“We talked with Jason last week, he obviously has some options. In all fairness to him, he still has to go through the process of what’s happening with him. He needs to process no longer being in Edmonton, how it’s going to affect his family,” general manager Ed Hervey said on TSN.

“But we’ve been in contact with him and talked to him about it, but we also understand that Jason will be in very high demand for anyone looking for an offensive coordinator. Again, the Ottawa head coach situation hasn’t been addressed yet, I’m not certain what they’re planning to do there, but I would image that would be an intriguing opportunity for Jason as well if given the opportunity.”

Maas was hired by Hervey in December 2015 to be Edmonton’s head coach. 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.

“We do have a long standing relationship, as does Rick with Jason but we also won’t take that for granted. If we can get a coach of Jason’s quality in here and obviously we know he has a great working relationship with Mike Reilly. Again, if that’s the direction that Rick wants to go, it would be something that would be seen as an extreme positive on all fronts,” Hervey said.

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 ran through the 2020 season, wholeheartedly. But GM Brock Sunderland decided to relieve Maas of his duties.

That put Maas on the open coaching market. Maas was the offensive coordinator with the Ottawa Redblacks in 2015 while Campbell was head coach. Campbell was hired by Hervey as the Lions new head coach on Monday.

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