Marshall weighing options

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

The job is still his if he wants it, but right now Greg Marshall isn't sure that he does.

The wounds still fresh from having lost out to Danny Maciocia in the Edmonton Eskimos head-coaching derby, Marshall says he'll need a little time before deciding whether or not to stay on as defensive co-ordinator.

"Obviously I'm disappointed that it didn't work out better for myself," he said yesterday when reporters scrummed him at the news conference confirming Maciocia's appointment.

"I have a lot of respect for Danny. I'm glad for him and I wish him nothing but the best. But ultimately my decision will be based on what's best for Greg Marshall and my family."

Marshall, who has proven himself to be an outstanding defensive mind and has head-coaching experience on his resume, isn't sure why the Eskimos passed him over. "We didn't get into a lot of detail, I didn't really want to hear a lot of detail," he said of his meeting with president Hugh Campbell and COO Rick LeLacheur.

"I got the news, I was disappointed, as anybody else would be, and said 'look forward to what the future holds for myself,' whether it's here or somewhere else."

Ideally, Marshall would love to leave for a head-coaching job somewhere else in the CFL, but all those vacancies are presently filled.

"As far as I know there aren't any jobs open right now, so those would be pretty long odds."

But he didn't rule out a move, anyway. Like all veteran co-ordinators in the off-season, he'll send out feelers and see what happens.

"At this time of year you sit down and see what might present itself and try to make the decision that's best for yourself and your family and that's what I'll be doing."

He knows Edmonton, likes the program and considers Maciocia a friend, but says he can't let those elements cloud his judgement if opportunity presents itself somewhere else.

"Once I've got all the cards on the table then I can sit down and weigh the pluses and minuses and go from there," he said.

"But right now this is for Danny, this is his day. My day will come some other time."

Maciocia is hoping he stays put.

"If there's a head-coaching job it's a no brainer, he's got to go," he said.

"But if that doesn't work out and he's going to be an assistant in the CFL, all I've got to say is hopefully it's Edmonton because he knows what this place is all about, the relationships that have been established, the football games that we have won together."

Concerns about potential awkwardness if Marshall stays were quickly dismissed.

"There will be none at all," said Maciocia. "I'm all fired up and looking forward to it. I value his opinion."


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