Worman the favourite

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

Unless something drastic happens soon, Rick Worman is the overwhelming favourite to be the next offensive co-ordinator for the Edmonton Eskimos.

In the wake of Jacques Chapdelaine being fired yesterday, Worman is the logical choice to be promoted from quarterbacks coach to the offensive boss.

"I would certainly be interested in it depending on the particulars of what the demands of the job would be and what direction the team wants to go," said Worman, who hasn't been offered the position yet.

"But I also have a family in California that I am heading home to (today) and they will be a part of that decision as well because I do know how demanding it is and what the off-season entails.

"There are a lot of things from my perspective that I believe I can do (without) necessarily being here but that isn't all my decision.

"But I don't want to get the cart ahead of the horse because I haven't been offered anything.

"I think we all need to unwind and probably pick some discussions up the first part of December."

Worman's success as a CFL offensive co-ordinator and clear ability to work well with head coach Danny Maciocia are the key reasons why he's the lone name at the top of the list at the moment to replace Chapdelaine.

"I think he is a strong candidate for that position," said Maciocia. "The last time he was a co-ordinator in 2001 he led Winnipeg to the Grey Cup game."

Based on that offence, Worman would bring a bigger emphasis on the run game to the Eskimos' huddle if he gets the job.

"We led the league for most of the year (2001) - I think we were one or two by the end of the year in rushing and we definitely led the league in passing," continued Worman, a former CFL quarterback.

"Khari Jones was the most valuable player in the league and Milt Stegall led the league (in receiving). I wouldn't say it's a 50-50 balance but it certainly is a big part of the game - to rush the football."

Edmonton averaged just 5.0 yards per carry in 2007, marking the third-worst total in the CFL.

On the flip side, Edmonton led the league in passing attempts - throwing the ball a stunning 666 times over 18 games, for an average of 37 times a tilt. In comparison, the Esks rushed the ball just 315 times - dead last in the CFL this season.

Needless to say, defences knew Edmonton's pass-first tendency.


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