Two down, one to go for Reed

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:55 PM ET

Two of his big three are in the bag.

After announcing Rich Stubler as defensive co-ordinator and Rick Campbell as assistant head coach and special teams co-ordinator Wednesday, Edmonton Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed now has to fill the role of offensive co-ordinator.

And he’s already got one all lined up.

“I’m going to say right off the bat, we’ve gotten permission to speak with Marcus Crandell, I have spoken to Marcus Crandell. No official offer has been extended to him, nothing has been accepted,” Reed said of the Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive assistant. “For a few of the guys, I’m not going to put timetables on them, we’re endeavoring to expedite the process as best we can, but I understand obligations — namely Marcus’s wife is away — and some people have family obligations.

“No man is going to make a decision without his wife, trust me, and if he does I don’t want him on my staff.”

The hunt for Crandell isn’t about finding an offensive co-ordinator who suits the existing Eskimos offensive weapons, or vice versa, said Reed.

“It’s about creating the balance with this staff that I envision this team needs in order to be successful,” said the head coach. “Marcus is a former quarterback that obviously has called the game, has commanded the game and I feel it’s vitally important to have that presence on offence.

“And if Marcus decides not to, the next guy will be of the same ilk.”

As are the two co-ordinators Reed added Wednesday.

“Extremely strong coaches, men that I know are going to get the job done,” Reed said. “Coach Campbell and coach Stubler have ties with the Edmonton Eskimos family, they understand the tradition and culture here and we’re trying to recapture that so who better to teach than the guys that have experienced that?”

Their shared vision will help, he said.

“I’m going to be a leader where I want the strongest people around me,” Reed said. “Where you feel that they are capable of doing their job and they have the ability to do their job, but in that same respect understand the chain of command.

“Those men have proven their value to the football team and I believe that the strength of this team is gong to be the coaches.”

Since being officially unveiled to the media last Friday, it’s been a whirlwind week for the new head coach.

“I’m waiting for this weekend to come once the coaching staff stuff is all set to exhale, and start to think about Xs and Os. That’s what I’m looking forward to,” said Reed. “I understand that this is part of the job. It hasn’t been tedious, it’s been a part of the process. It’s been the start of the process.

“We started as of Saturday morning to build towards the 2011 season.”

CROSSING THE LINE: Kit Lathrop will be taking over for Mike Walker as defensive line coach this season. The former USFL star player has previous coaching experience in the CFL, including with the 2000 Grey Cup champion B.C. Lions.

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