GM Ed Hervey: Eskimos benefit from adversity

Esks GM Ed Hervey (right) credits head coach Kavis Reed (left) with having a hand in turning around...

Esks GM Ed Hervey (right) credits head coach Kavis Reed (left) with having a hand in turning around the team's offence. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:10 PM ET

EDMONTON - It's been three weeks since Mount Hervey erupted.

The smoke has cleared, the ash and lava have been removed and the Edmonton Eskimos have won back-to-back football games against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to escape the cellar of the CFL.

Is it now safe to go near the new general manager of the flailing former flagship franchise?

“I believe we’ll look back and see that we needed to have that losing streak,” said Ed Hervey of losing eight straight, six in a row at home and starting the season 1-9.

“It put everything under the microscope. It forced the players to come together. And it forced accountability in places where there wasn’t any,” added the GM who is dealing with the same type of transitions in many ways as Craig MacTavish of the NHL hockey team the next stop up the LRT line.

All isn’t well yet. Far from it. But now that the smoke has cleared and the fans can return to Commonwealth Stadium for Saturday’s game against the Toronto Argos with at least some hope of a return trip to a crossover playoff game, Hervey agreed to an exclusive interview to share his big-picture perspective.


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