Eskimos need to improve their public presentation, too

Former teammates Kavis Reed, left, and Ed Hervey watch practice earlier this season, before Reed...

Former teammates Kavis Reed, left, and Ed Hervey watch practice earlier this season, before Reed was fired as head coach by the GM. (DAVID BLOOM/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:38 PM ET

The ol’ saying goes, it’s not how you start but how you finish.

But exactly how did the Edmonton Eskimos expect things to end this season after getting off to such a backward, blind-leading-the-blind beginning to the post-Eric Tillman era?

It all started in the off-season with a mysterious, super-secret mini camp in Florida, which the Eskimos decided to keep their fans in the dark about for reasons that remain unknown to this day. Hopefully it wasn’t because they were doing anything against the rules down there — we’re told they weren’t — but it certainly came off as suspicious.

That incident, which eventually and inevitably surfaced in the public eye and give the Ed Hervey’s Eskimos their first black eye, was followed closely by Mathieu Bertrand’s release.

Given the veteran fullback’s age and the ever-increasing challenges he faced with injuries later in his career, it was probably time for him to go.

But the longest-serving player on the team heading


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