Marshall quits Esks

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

After five seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos, defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall is headed east.

The 48-year-old Marshall will be announced as the latest addition to Joe Paopao's Ottawa Renegades coaching staff later this week.

"I feel like this is a better opportunity for me," said Marshall, who will be Ottawa's defensive co-ordinator and add another title to his portfolio.

"Sometimes you have to make a change to ultimately get to where you want to be. The official title hasn't been determined but I'm going to have some added responsibilities.

"Whether it's a football operations title or whatever, Joe and I are still in some discussions with regard to that. I think it's going to be a better opportunity for me to advance up the ladder.

"I've agreed. Now it's just a matter of dotting the i's and crossing the t's."

Marshall and Esks offensive co-ordinator Danny Maciocia were on the short list to replace head coach Tom Higgins, who resigned in November.

Following Maciocia's hiring as head coach, Marshall began to weigh his options. Yesterday, Marshall cleaned out his desk and said his goodbyes.

"The fact that it's Ottawa makes it a little more attractive because of the ties I have there," offered Marshall, who spent nine seasons in a Rough Riders uniform and later coached the Ottawa Sooners for three seasons.

Maciocia has already begun the search for Marshall's replacement.

"We need to replace Greg," said Maciocia, who jets to Jacksonville, Florida, today for his gig as head coach of Canada's entry at the NFL Global Junior Championship.

"Whether you do it from within or whether you go outside, you need to replace him. You have to bring a coach in from outside whether he becomes a unit coach or whether he becomes a co-ordinator."


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