Eskimos fire offensive co-ordinator, quarterbacks coach Worman

The Edmonton Eskimos fired offensive co-ordinator and quarterbacks coach Rick Worman on Wednesday, replacing him with senior offensive consultant Kevin Strasser.

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Eskimos fired offensive co-ordinator and quarterbacks coach Rick Worman on Wednesday, replacing him with senior offensive consultant Kevin Strasser.

Despite owning a share of the CFL’s West Division lead, the Eskimos have been underwhelming on offence over the first half of the season. Edmonton (5-4) is coming off an embarrassing 32-8 loss to the rival Calgary Stampeders on Monday, a game in which the Eskimos managed just two points over the first three quarters.

“I felt a move was necessary because of philosophical differences in the direction we were taking with our offence,” Eskimos head coach Richie Hall said Wednesday in a statement. “I thank Rick for his contributions and wish him the best in the future.”

Strasser, who got his start in the pro ranks as a receivers coach with the Eskimos in 2000-2001, spent five seasons as an offensive co-ordinator with the Montreal Alouettes (2002-06). In 2005, Strasser guided a potent Montreal offence that led the CFL in points scored (592) and passing yards (5,556).

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