Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Eskimos Say Their Farewells, Wonder What's Next after 4-14 Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Eskimos Say Their Farewells, Wonder What's Next after 4-14 Season

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Eskimos close the book on 4-14 season

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A day after one of the worst seasons in Edmonton Eskimos history mercifully ended, players quietly filed out of the dressing room Sunday, garbage bags over their shoulders, knowing that for some of them it may be the final time they're in the room

And it's not just the players who leave with doubts. The future of the entire coaching staff, from head man Kavis Reed down, is uncertain after a season that ended 4-14 and included just one win in nine home games.

As the players packed their belongings and headed for various locations, many of them could only shake their heads and wonder just what went wrong with a season that began with promise but then hit the skids with an eight-game losing streak.

"What went wrong? I have no answer for that," said veteran defensive back T. J. Hill. "I'm quite sure there were a lot of things that went wrong ... but it was more that things didn't go our way as planned."

Reed said if one was to go back game by game "there's a yard here, a couple of seconds there, a penalty here ... there's so many minute things that really magnified through the year."

They lost five straight games by five points or less but in virtually every late-game critical situation they came up short.

"We had chances early in the season to close out games and didn't take advantage of it so that wasn't helpful," said first-year quarterback Mike Reilly who started every game. "We showed we could be productive and we could do some really good things offensively. The consistency is not what it needs to be. For the first year of us all working together, the positives are we've shown that we can do some good stuff."

Calling it the hardest season of football he's ever played, Reilly, who led the CFL with 700 rushing yards but was hit more than probably any other quarterback, said one of the positives is that he "never once saw a guy in this room quit."

Linebacker J.S. Sherritt, last year's best defensive player in the CFL who missed several games this year with a broken thumb, said the season could only be summed up from the players' perspective in one word: disappointing. …

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