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EDMONTON – The Edmonton Eskimos announced the naming of two key members of the 2013 coaching staff. Veteran CFL coaches Greg Marshall and Doug Sams join the Eskimo organization as defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator respectively.
One of the top defensive strategists in the Canadian game, Marshall returns to the Eskimos where he spent five seasons as a defensive coach from 2000-2004. Marshall, who played 10 seasons as a defensive lineman, has 22 years’ experience as a defensive coach, including 18 in the CFL.
He has led strong defensive units through two division championships, two Grey Cup appearances and the 2003 Eskimo Grey Cup win. “Greg is a veteran coach with a wealth of experience that will enable our young and talented defensive players to continue to grow,” says Coach Reed. See Marshall’s full coaching history.
Sams is entering his 35th season as coach and his 16th as an offensive coach. Last season, he was the quarterbacks coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who led the league in scoring offence.
In 1991, Sams oversaw a then career-high season for legendary quarterback Damon Allen, who was named an Eastern Division All Star for the first time in his career. Sams first stint with the Eskimos was with the 1987 Grey Cup championship team as special teams coordinator and defensive line coach. “Doug has tremendous experience developing young quarterbacks. He is a proven signal caller with vast experience in the CFL and NCAA,” says Coach Reed. See Sams’ full coaching history.