Ricky won't lobby

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

Carrying the most influence of any player within the Edmonton Eskimos' locker-room, Ricky Ray isn't going to lobby for a particular candidate to be head coach.

With Danny Maciocia moving upstairs to be general manager and director of football operations this week, the search is underway to find a new bench boss.

Understandably happy for Maciocia, Ray is somewhat saddened by the decision.

"I loved playing for him," he remarked. "I wished he (would) still coach. He let the players have a lot of say (in) what's going on and how things were run. And he doesn't have an ego. He just cares about winning."

While Ray won't become the campaign manager for anyone hoping to be his new bench boss, the star quarterback admits offensive co-ordinator Rick Worman is worth a look.

"He should be considered for it (the head coach position)," said Ray.

As of right now, Worman's name isn't being linked to the list of candidates.

Meanwhile, Eskimos' management has decided to stay quiet during this search for a new head coach, declining to comment on developments until the winning candidate is introduced.

However, Sun Media has learned the Calgary Stampeders have given permission to the Esks to speak with Chris Jones about the opening.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have also granted permission for Maciocia to speak with Richie Hall.

"Richie is a quality coach and a very good person," Saskatchewan GM Eric Tillman told Sun Media. "We certainly understand Edmonton's interest."

With the exception of speaking briefly with Greg Marshall, Maciocia has not directly spoken to any other candidates on the team's list.

But it's believed Maciocia will be speaking with some of them this weekend.


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