Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Eskimos Keeping Coach Jason Maas, GM Brock Sunderland until 2020

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Edmonton Eskimos Keeping Coach Jason Maas, GM Brock Sunderland until 2020

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Eskimos extend contracts of coach, GM

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EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos are keeping head coach Jason Maas and general manager Brock Sunderland until at least 2020.

The Eskimos announced after their annual general meeting Tuesday they've exercised the option year on Sunderland's contract and extended Maas's deal to the end of the 2020 season.

"We know that continuity is important," Eskimos president and chief executive officer Len Rhodes told reporters. "So extending Brock through 2020, he in turn extending Jason Maas, we couldn't be happier."

Maas has served as Edmonton's head coach the past two seasons, compiling a 22-14 record and leading the team to two division finals.

Sunderland joined the team in 2017 after four seasons as assistant GM of the Ottawa Redblacks. Edmonton went 12-6 last season.

"When you have the support of the people above you and their full confidence and the backing of the organization, it gives you all the confidence in the world," Sunderland said.

"We're very united here. There's not many things that come up that Len, Jason and I aren't on the same page."

Under Maas, who is also Edmonton's offensive co-ordinator, Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly was named the CFL's most outstanding player in 2017.

Maas was Ottawa's offensive co-ordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2015 when Henry Burris earned the same honour.

Maas, a 42-year-old from Beaver Dam, Wis., played quarterback for nine seasons for Edmonton (2000-05, 2008-10) and won Grey Cup championships in 2003 and 2005.

Sunderland, from Great Falls, Mont., helped navigate the Redblacks to a Grey Cup title in 2016 in its third CFL season. …

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