Coach Mac was the right man

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

The salary cap era in the CFL means teams have to find competitive edges.

Danny Maciocia believes he has found an edge by employing Bill Macdermott to be the first advance scout in the league.

"His role is going to be extremely important. The advance scouting, that is what they have in the NFL," said Maciocia.

Macdermott has already started his new job.

"I have already gone through every team in this league, taken a look at when they played us and when they played their last game and just wrote down little notes on all the players on both sides of the ball," he remarked.

Working a week ahead throughout the season, Macdermott will try to give the coaching staff a cheat sheet on the upcoming opponent.

"I am not drawing up how a team blitzes or their pass routes in certain situations," said Macdermott.

"What I am drawing up is what the players do individually.

"I'm giving the strengths and weaknesses of each individual."

The $4.05-million salary cap only covers player costs. It doesn't include coaching costs.

SHORT HITS: The Esks could add another assistant coach - either at running back or receiver - before the start of the season. Maciocia has a short list of three candidates ... New offensive line coach Carl Brennan is hoping tackle Patrick Kabongo will drop 10 pounds before the season... The Eskimos aren't interested in signing former all-star lineman Andrew Greene, who was recently cut in Saskatchewan.

FINISH LINES: Eskimos back up quarterback Jason Johnson married local TV personality Christie Chorley in Banff yesterday ... Former Edmonton quarterback Jason Maas had surgery on his throwing shoulder surgery and is expected to be ready for the season in Hamilton.


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