Eskimos GM comments don't bother Jyles
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
|Eskimos quarterback Steven Jyles says he doesn't take personally comments by GM Eric Tillman that given the chance he wouldn't repeat last winter's trade. (Retuers)
EDMONTON - Steven Jyles is more interested in passing footballs than looking at the past.
So when Edmonton Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman said during a radio interview with 630 CHED this week that, if given the opportunity again, he would not have made the Ricky Ray trade, the quarterback didn’t take offence.
“That’s his opinion. I don’t have control over his decision-making. I was brought here to play football. That’s my job, to come here and play football and lead this team,” Jyles said. “I would never take it personally. Like I said before, it doesn’t matter who you bring in, it could have been me or anybody else.
“We’ve had two ball games, you can’t make a future decision off of two ball games. My thing is we just have to keep getting better and everything will turn around.”
In fact, Jyles agrees with Tillman on how much easier it would have been not to pull the trigger on the trade back in December that swapped the starting quarterbacks and sent kicker Grant Shaw, along with what turned into three draft picks, Edmonton’s way.
“I think it’s always easier to stay status-quo,” Jyles said. “A change shakes things up and at times it can be scary but we just have to persevere through everything.
“To say that we perform bad at the quarterback position, I wouldn’t say so, but there are things we could have done better. We just have to believe in each other and get better as a team.”