Esks not high on incentives

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

To Danny Maciocia, personal incentives are not conducive to team goals.

So when the Edmonton Eskimos head coach was also made director of football operations, one of his mandates was to do away with personal incentive bonuses when hammering out player contracts.

"We don't have a single contract that includes personal incentives," Maciocia said. "What we're trying to build here is a team and at the end of the day I don't care how we get it done as long as we get it done."

Instead of individual incentives, Maciocia believes in rewarding players through team incentives.

"If you play in November and you win the first round you get a bonus," he said. "If you go to the second round you get a bigger bonus.

"If you go to the Grey Cup you cash in and hopefully you get a Grey Cup ring. If that's not incentive enough then you're not going to be here too long."

Not all CFL clubs adhere to the same policy, which at times makes trading for players difficult. Maciocia is leery of making a deal for any player who has personal incentives in his contract.

"A year ago I almost made a deal for a returner that was paid one dollar per yard," Maciocia said.

"Can you imagine asking him to take a single in the end zone? You're going to have to slide him a $20 in order for him to take a single.

"So we're out of that business. If there's one thing that we wanted to get rid of is those types of contracts."

Those Eskimos who did have personal incentives before Maciocia took over were either traded or had their contracts reworked. Maciocia has seen first-hand the types of problems having personal incentives in players' contracts can bring.

"In Montreal we were on the two yard line where the quarterback calls a running play, then pulls the ball away and throws the ball for a touchdown," Maciocia said.

"He's happy and the running back is all upset when he comes back to the sideline. And I couldn't understand why until I figured out that the tailback had an incentive for rushing touchdowns and the quarterback had an incentive for throwing touchdowns. And that's not healthy."


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