Plenty of class from departed

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

Carl Brennan walked out the door without issuing a single nasty word at the Edmonton Eskimos.

Not one ounce of resentment came through in his voice. Not one excuse - like injuries to Dan Comiskey or Kevin Lefsrud - was given.

Following the exact same script as Jacques Chapdelaine, Brennan displayed plenty of class after being dismissed by the Eskimos yesterday.

"I am not a person that holds any grudges about people," said Brennan, who was turfed after just one year coaching the O-line. "People have their job to do.

"They felt they had to make a change on the offensive line. You just got to move on.

"I thank the Edmonton Eskimos for giving me the opportunity to coach here, first of all. I wish them the best of luck in the future.

"Not everybody gets a chance to coach for the Eskimos and as a young Canadian coach, I feel privileged to have gone through this organization.

"Hopefully it will make me better in the near future."

Like the entire offence, the line was hit hard by key injuries.

The Esks relinquished 52 sacks, the second-worst total in the league. Granted, Edmonton threw the ball a league-high 666 times, meaning the O-line was in a vulnerable spot.

But Winnipeg threw the pigskin 645 times and only gave up 27 sacks.

The Esks were also abysmal on short-yardage plays, but Brennan wasn't the key architect of that scheme.

QUICK HITS ...

Scott Squires didn't return phone calls after his dismissal yesterday. But the former special teams coach will be missed by some people, even though the unit gave up six touchdowns against this year.

"A lot of things that happened weren't Scott's fault," said linebacker A.J. Gass. "He was more a victim of player busts than bad schematics."

FINISH LINES ...

Former Esk Tim Prinsen is being mentioned as a possible replacement for Brennan ... Maciocia has offered new contracts for 2008 to his remaining assistant coaches, but is waiting for word of acceptance. He wants the entire coaching staff in place by Feb. 3 ... The club is apparently close to signing RB Damien Anderson to a contract extension ... Chief scout Paul Jones will be retained for another season.


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