EDMONTON - Think of it as addition by subtraction.
The Edmonton Eskimos are minus one general manager, but hope to add to the success of coming off their first victory of the season.
With the firing of Danny Maciocia as general manager and director of player personnel, there is more on the line than a win or loss for the Eskimos against the Toronto Argonauts on Friday night.
While there is a sense that Maciocia has taken one for the team, and the surviving cast isn’t about to let that sacrifice go to waste, the former GM wishes only the best for the team that fired him on Saturday.
“I think we still have a pretty good, competitive team this year,” Maciocia told TSN after flying home to Montreal.
“I think this is a team that can do a lot of good and I think they are going to be playing their best football here after that last contest that they were able to squeeze out versus B.C.
“I wish them all the best and I will be rooting for them. A lot of those players are players that I brought in and I am totally convinced that they are led by the right guy and I also am convinced that they are going to do quite well for themselves in the next little while.”
If they do, it will be without him.
“When you do this for a living, you’ve got to expect some criticism that comes with it — especially in a city like Edmonton, where the expectations are really high,” Maciocia said in the same TSN interview.
“Some of it was justified, I don’t think all of it was justified. A lot of things that we do as an organization, right, wrong or indifferent, is kept internally.”
So, there were some mistakes made?
“Absolutely. But there was a lot of good there during my stay of eight years.”