Changes coming to Eskimos

Edmonton Eskimos head coach Richie Hall watches from the sidelines in Winnipeg on July 24, 2010....

Edmonton Eskimos head coach Richie Hall watches from the sidelines in Winnipeg on July 24, 2010. (FRED GREENSLADE/Reuters)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:21 AM ET

Changes are coming.

And if it doesn’t happen to the Edmonton Eskimos‚ record, sooner or later it will happen to personnel, be it coaches, players or management.

“Would that help? Not really,” said Eskimos defensive tackle Dario Romero.

“I don’t know, I’m not management. We’ve got a good team, we’ve got good players. There’s no simple answer to it.”

Sooner or later, the Eskimos will run out of options.

“It gets to the point now at 0-4 where you’re playing for everything,” said linebacker Javier Glatt, who had one interception.

“You’re playing for your team, you’re playing for your job. This is when moves start being made and the reality is, as pros, that’s the nature of the business.

“We‚ve got to start playing with some urgency and I believe in our guys, I believe that’s what we‚re going to do.”

If not, someone else will.

“That just comes with losing. My position is no different,” said Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray.

“You’ve just got to try and go out there and work hard. If you get an opportunity to go our there and play, you‚ve just got to be ready for that.”

But Richie Hall chooses not to focus on whether or not anyone’s job is in question.

“Why should I?,”the head coach asked.

“Why worry about things that I have no control over. If something happens, the sun will come up tomorrow and we will get on with life. If nothing happens, the sun will come up tomorrow and we’ll continue to go on with life.”

In the meantime, he will continue to work towards finding a win and for that, he said, part of the answer lies in patience.

“We didn’t get into this stink overnight and it’s not going to happen for us to get out of it overnight,” said Hall.

“But we go one step at a time, we go one game at a time, we go one play at a time.

“The bottom line is we’ve got 14 games left, but really we‚ve got one game left when we look at Friday night (against the B.C. Lions). You keep working, you keep making your corrections. Our performance hasn’t happened for four games but it’s the little things. You still correct those things.”

And it begins in the locker-room, where Hall spoke with his players at length following Saturday’s loss.

“I said to them: If you didn’t believe in this team now, you never did believe in this team,” Hall said.

“Because you don’t believe in something when things are going well, you feel pretty good about yourself. It’s when you stand the test of time that the character comes out.

“We just got our asses kicked (Saturday). We regroup and come back on Friday night.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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