Is Macdermott out, Brennan in as Esks' O-line coach?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:34 AM ET

It has been anything but a quiet and straightforward start to 2006 for the Edmonton Eskimos.

According to published reports, one of the most respected offensive line coaches in the CFL could soon be joining the Esks.

However, the club's current O-line coach doesn't appear to be leaving.

"I can assure you that I have a contract," Bill Macdermott told the Sun yesterday. ''And, to the best of my knowledge, I will be coaching the O-line this year."

One newspaper report indicates Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia has approached Saskatchewan Roughrider assistant Carl Brennan about coming to the Esks. The two coaches are apparently good friends.

Another media outlet is stating it appears Brennan will join Edmonton's staff with an official announcement possibly this month.

Maciocia was unavailable for comment yesterday.

In his only year with the Riders, Brennan handled the CFL's top O-line.

Not only did Saskatchewan lead the league in rushing, but it also gave up the fewest sacks.

The Eskimos offensive line was under intense scrutiny for most of 2005.

The club had the league's worst rushing total and gave up 16 more sacks than the Riders.

However, once running back Troy Davis and offensive lineman Dan Comiskey arrived in October, the criticism disappeared, as the running game and pass protection greatly improved.

The rumour mill reports about Brennan come a few days after the Sun revealed Tony Tompkins is not eligible to jump to the NFL due to a contract misunderstanding with the Eskimos.


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