Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Edmonton Eskimos fire general manager Eric Tillman

Eric Tillman talks at a press conference in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept.14, 2010.

Ian Jackson/THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Edmonton Eskimos are going to the playoffs, but their general manager isn't.

The CFL team announced Saturday it had fired Eric Tillman after finishing the 2012 regular season with a 7-11 record. While that was enough to qualify Edmonton for the East Division playoffs, it sent them to last place in the West.

"I have spent considerable time looking at the future direction of this club and did not see Eric as a part of this team moving forward," Eskimos' president and CEO Len Rhodes said in a statement. "We will begin our search for a new general manager immediately and hope to have a successor in place by the end of the calendar year."

Story continues below advertisement

The Eskimos, who won only two of their last 10 games, began the season without their No. 1 quarterback Ricky Ray. Tillman traded him to the Toronto Argonauts to free up salary cap space and to go with journeyman quarterback Steven Jyles.

Jyles was injured for part of the season and replaced by Kerry Joseph, then Matt Nichols. The Eskimos have yet to name their starting quarterback for the Eastern semifinal in Toronto against the Ray-led Argonauts.

Edmonton initially played surprisingly well, but then slumped under Tillman, who was hired to replace Dan Maciocia. In his 12 years as a CFL GM, Tillman had four Grey Cup appearances and three wins.

Last season, the Eskimos advanced to the Western Final before losing to the eventual Grey Cup-champion B.C. Lions.

Report an error Licensing Options
About the Author
Sports writer

Allan Maki is a national news reporter and sports writer based in Calgary. More

Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨