Eskimos part ways with GM Ed Hervey

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Eskimos have parted ways with General Manager Ed Hervey. The Eskimos made the announcement at a Friday afternoon press conference at Commonwealth Stadium.

“Two major reasons drove this decision,” team president and CEO Len Rhodes stated at the press conference. “First, both parties could not agree to contract extension terms. And second, there were differences in philosophy over the way we do business.”

In four seasons under his leadership, the Green and Gold made three appearances in division finals and won the 103rd Grey Cup presented by Shaw.  The win marked Hervey’s third championship title. The former CFL All-Star earned his first two as a player in 2003 and 2005.

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“Yes, we did win a Grey Cup, but it’s not enough,” Rhodes continued. “We’ve got to do more than have a good product on the field. We’ve got to expose our product. We’ve got to adjust and evolve in terms of what’s going on in the marketplace. We’ve got to approach this differently and we want to work with our stakeholders by allowing access at all levels.”

After a celebrated playing career that included Grey Cup Championships in 2003 and 2005, Hervey became a scout in 2007 and was elevated to head scout in 2009.

He was named the team’s general manager at the end of 2012 following a 7-11 season.

Rhodes also stated in a team-issued press release: “We thank Ed for his contributions, including building a consistently competitive roster and expanding the scouting department to comprehensively cover all regions of the United States and Canada to increase the club’s ability to identify and recruit top talent.  We wish him the best in the future,”