New focus for Edmonton Eskimos

From left, Eskimos' head coach Kavis Reed, GM Ed Hervey and president and CEO Len Rhodes pose for a...

From left, Eskimos' head coach Kavis Reed, GM Ed Hervey and president and CEO Len Rhodes pose for a photo following a press conference where Hervey was announced as the team's new GM on Dec. 10, 2012. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:45 AM ET

EDMONTON - As the Edmonton Eskimos go to training camp, what’s the greatest single area of improvement?

Seldom has there been a season when that’s so easy to identify: the mental health of the head coach.

Kavis Reed takes his team to training camp in an entirely different set of circumstances than he did in his first two years under the previous general manager, who like Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter books, has become “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” around the igloo.

Reed ended up having to look after so many things other than his own job that, near the end of last season, many close to him were convinced he was ready to walk away from his dream job.

Having a head coach who doesn’t have to worry about being anything other than the head coach is a big part of that.


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