Danny Mac to coach Danny Mac

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:52 PM ET

Danny Maciocia is going to feed his habit.

During the course of last year, the Edmonton Eskimos head coach realized he needed to do more teaching.

"That is who I am and that is what I am all about," he explained.

So, when the Green and Gold open training camp in three months, Maciocia will not only oversee the entire team, but also handle the quarterbacks by himself.

As part of yesterday's restructuring announcement, R.D. Lancaster has been shuffled from quarterback coach to receiver coach.

However, Maciocia vehemently denies that the move is also a sign of poor performance by Lancaster.

"That is totally false," scoffed the head coach.

"Coach Lancaster did a tremendous job with the quarterbacks."

Ricky Ray did set Eskimo and CFL passing records in 2005, but he also failed to throw a touchdown pass in seven straight games before snapping the highly publicized streak in the Grey Cup.

As a whole, the offence struggled down the stretch in the regular season.

In the final five games, the Esks averaged just 19 points.

That sputtering brought criticism toward Lancaster, but Maciocia is still adamantly defending his assistant.

"I think there was a misconception out there and people thought coach Lancaster called the game," continued Maciocia.

"For some strange reason, stuff got reported that he was the offensive co-ordinator. That wasn't the case.

"I called the game and I called every single play from the bench."

Repeated attempts to contact Lancaster yesterday were unsuccessful.

Veteran Danny McManus will be back in Edmonton this year as one of Ray's backups.

FINISH LINES: The Eskimos were the only team in the CFL last year that didn't have a coach carrying the offensive co-ordinator title. And this year could be a repeat.

Although there are four offensive coaches - Maciocia, Lancaster, Bill Macdermott (line coach) and Carl Brennan (running back coach) - not one has the co-ordinator label.


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