Departure surprises Maciocia

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

To Danny Maciocia word of Don Matthews' resignation in Montreal came as a surprise.

However, the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos is not thinking about being a successor to Matthews in Montreal.

Maciocia has other pressing matters at the moment.

"I haven't given it any thought," said Maciocia yesterday. "Right now I'm just thinking about our upcoming game against Toronto."

With post-season hopes teetering on the brink, the Eskimos need wins in order to keep their 34-year playoff streak alive.

"It's a surprise that it happened with four games left to go," Maciocia said.

"I guess if coach Matthews wasn't feeling well and he doesn't want to jeopardize his health, he came to the conclusion that he had to step down."

As a Montreal native and former Alouettes assistant coach, Maciocia seems to be a logical candidate to one day coach the Als.

When contacted, Alouettes GM Jim Popp wouldn't bite on the future coach of his CFL team.

"Danny Maciocia is the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos," was all he'd say when contacted yesterday.

However, despite the Eskimos struggles this season, Maciocia has been given a vote of confidence by CEO Hugh Campbell.

The only thing Maciocia is concerned with is getting his team into the playoffs and beating the Argos.

"We'll need to get to Damon (Allen) and make sure he doesn't get into a groove," said Maciocia.

"Offensively, their defence is pretty good and doesn't give up a lot of big plays, so we're going to have to find a way to move the ball effectively in order to score points."


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