Maciocia's master plan in the works?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 3:35 AM ET

Is Danny Maciocia trying to hit the ultimate grand slam?

A theory -- which started with a credible source in the last two days -- suggests the Edmonton Eskimos' new GM is interested in getting four of the top head coaching candidates on staff next year.

Of course, this is only a theory and Maciocia is not publicly commenting on names involved in his search to find a new head coach.

So, it's impossible right now to prove this theory is true.

However, digest this possible lineup of coaches for the Green and Gold for next year: Richie Hall as head coach; Greg Marshall as defensive co-ordinator; Noel Thorpe remaining in charge of special teams and Rick Worman as offensive co-ordinator.

Those are the names and positions connected to this theory.

Hall deserves a shot at being head coach, Worman would put together great offensive schemes with full control and Thorpe would likely take Edmonton's special teams to a higher level next season with a more experienced group of players.

And with Marshall on staff, Hall would have more time to concentrate on being the head coach instead of doubling as defensive co-ordinator.

But there are some hurdles to be cleared before this could become reality.

First, is Hall actually going to be named head coach?

A different source told Sun Media in the last week that "all signs point to" the Saskatchewan Roughriders assistant coach being the next Edmonton bench boss.

But another CFL insider told Sun Media in the last few days that Thorpe is "in play" in this head coach search that is in its third week.

Secondly, would Worman return to the Eskimos as offensive co-ordinator under this possible scenario?

Spending the off-season in California near his children, Worman is interested in buying a home in Edmonton and bringing a son to the University of Alberta.

If key assistant coaches receive two-year contracts, that would surely be a pretty enticing offer. A source indicates the Eskimos new head coach would likely receive a three-year deal.

Mike Kelly (Winnipeg) and Marcel Bellefeuille (Hamilton) apparently negotiated three-year contracts to run their teams.

That all indicates that a multi-year deal for a co-ordinator in Edmonton would seem fair.

Third, is this organization actually going to cut ties with Rick Campbell?

For this theory to become reality, Campbell is out the door.

The Green and Gold's defensive co-ordinator in 2008, Campbell wants to remain with the club and seems to be widely respected by players.

And fourth, would Hall want Thorpe, Worman and Marshall on his staff?

Based on what is happening behind closed doors, it's apparent Maciocia respects this trio.But the new head coach has to be on the same page.

It's unclear when Maciocia will emerge to announce the winner, but this much is certain: the Eskimos' administration office closes for the holidays on Friday afternoon.

If Maciocia names Hall the new bench boss and the rest of this theory becomes true down the road, it would be an impressive staff.

ESKS FAMILY GROWS

Eskimos linebacker Agustin Barrenechea and wife Tara welcomed their first child, daughter Savannah Nora Barrenechea, on Sunday afternoon.

Savannah weighed in at a healthy seven pounds in Hamilton.


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