A frenzy surrounds Worman's promotion

JASON HILLS

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

The last time Rick Worman was in charge of a CFL offence, his team made it all the way to the Grey Cup.

Now he's the new man in charge of the Eskimos offence as he was officially named Jacques Chapdelaine's replacement as offensive co-ordinator yesterday.

Last season, Worman worked side-by-side with Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray as the Eskimos quarterback coach. Worman helped Ray connect with the Eskimos back in 2002 when they were both with the Arena Football League II's Fresno Frenzy.

Worman's last post as an offensive co-ordinator was in 2001 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"I am very excited. I have a real strong working relationship with Ricky Ray, we go back a long ways," said Worman yesterday from his home in California.

"We have a high respect for one another in our strengths as quarterbacks and as human beings. We both have that 'what I say I am going to do' attitude."

The Eskimos struggled under Chapdelaine's one and only season running the offence.

They missed the playoffs for a second straight year and many players had a hard time adjusting to the complexities of Chapdelaine's system where he used many hand signals that looked similar to sign language.

"It's a case of simplifying the offence a little bit, but there are a lot of things that we need to do better," said Worman.

"I want to bring a combination of things that Danny brought to the offence as well as things we were comfortable using last year as well as my ideas and have a variation."

Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia interviewed three candidates for the position, but he knew that Worman would be the best fit, because he's familiar with the offence and familiar with Ray.

"I spoke to three other individuals, but when we were going over the evaluation of all the coaches, we kept preaching the word continuity and Rick has a tremendous working relationship with not just Ricky, but all our quarterbacks as well as our offensive players," said Maciocia.

"I wanted to keep that continuity intact and when I spoke to Rick a couple of days ago we talked about our offensive philosophy and we are getting all the coaches involved and all the players involved and get everyone's opinion."

"At the end of the day when we go through all these steps we'll be so much better for it."

The Eskimos offence struggled in some key areas last season.

There were two big areas of weakness on offence that helped lead the Eskimos to a 5-12-1 record and a second consecutive season out of the playoff picture. The Esks struggled to score touchdowns in the red zone and they lacked the capabilities of making the big play on offence and had the attitude 'we'll take what the defence gives us'.

"I want to bring a more multiple look on offence. I want the defence to keep guessing at all times.

"I don't want the defence to think we'll be throwing the ball 80% of the time," said Worman.

"We also need to be better scoring touchdowns in the red zone, that was a big area last year where we lacked finish. I will putting together package plans and sections of it will be devoted to just that."


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