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Eskimos defensive co-ordinator Rich Stubler decides against return to club

J.P. Moczulski/j.p. moczulski The Globe and Mail

Edmonton Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed is in the market for a new offensive co-ordinator.

The Eskimos announced Thursday that Rich Stubler, who held that post with the CFL club last year, won't be returning in 2012.

"Rich chose not to sign a new contract and informed us he's looking to pursue other opportunities," Reed said in a statement. "He was instrumental is shaping a group of young players into one of the CFL's best defences and we thank coach Stubler for his contributions."

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Under Stubler's guidance, Edmonton finished second in the CFL in fewest points allowed (22.3 per game). The Eskimos' defence helped the club finish tied with B.C. and Calgary atop the West Division standings with an 11-7 record.

The Eskimos defeated Calgary 33-19 in the conference semifinal before losing 40-23 to B.C. in the West Division final.

Last season marked Stubler's third stint with Edmonton (1991—'95, 1998—'99 and 2011).

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