Fresh re-starts for CFL coaches Greg Marshall and George Cortez

Defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall during Edmonton Eskimos training camp at Commonwealth Stadium...

Defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall during Edmonton Eskimos training camp at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alta. on Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013. Amber Bracken/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:04 PM ET

There is no sport like football for games within the game.

Right off the go this season is a fascinating one involving two freshly-fired head coaches returning to their previous careers as defensive and offensive coordinators.

It’s Greg Marshall vs George Cortez.

In the case of Marshall, he’ll open the season Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium coaching the Edmonton Eskimos against the team which fired him as head coach two years ago.

Asked to reflect on his time as head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the man who won a Grey Cup as defensive coordinator of the Eskimos in 2003, thought for a moment.

“Well, it was short,” he finally said.

Marshall was fired after eight games.

He didn’t last until Labour Day.

Ousted with a 1-7 record, Marshall wouldn’t say if it was fair or not.

“As friend said ‘The only thing that’s fair involves balloons and cotton candy.’ ”

What wasn’t fair, the decade-long resident of St. Alb


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