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1983–1990[edit]

1983 marked the end of the dynasty and ushered in a period of 're-tooling' for the Green and Gold. Moon left for the Houston Oilers and Pete Kettela had the unenviable task of following in Hugh Campbell's footsteps. Kettela was fired following a Labour Day loss in Calgary and replaced by Jackie Parker who led the Esks to three consecutive third place finishes (1983, 1984, 1985). In 1986, the Esks rebounded with a record of 13–4–1 and a first place finish, but were trounced 39–15 by Hamilton 1986 Grey Cup in Vancouver. Hugh Campbell returned to Edmonton as the club's general manager, a post he would hold until 1997.

With Joe Faragalli as head coach, 1987 marked recording setting seasons for receiver Brian Kelly and kick returner Gizmo Williams, a return to form for the Esks and Edmonton's tenth Grey Cup title. Quarterback Damon Allen was chosen Outstanding Player in the Esks 38–36 Grey Cup win over Toronto.

The Eskimos celebrated their 40th anniversary in 1989 and set a CFL record for most wins in a season (16), most points (644), most TDs (70), yards gained (7,951) and Tracy Ham set a pro football (CFL & NFL) record for yards rushing by a quarterback in a season (1,051).

The Eskimos entered the new decade with a trip to the Grey Cup against Winnipeg but lost the championship game 50–11. Faragalli left following the season and was replaced by Ron Lancaster who, in his first season, led the Esks to a 12–6 first place finish before losing to Calgary in the West Final. Fullback Blake Marshall tied the CFL record for most TDs in a season (20) and was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian. Gizmo Williams continued to electrify fans and established new records for most punt return yards in a season (1,140), most punt return yards in a game (232) and most punt return TDs in a season (5).

The Lancaster Era (1991-1997)[edit]

Season Won Lost Tied Points Division Standing Playoff Outcome Head Coach Quarterbacks
1991 12 6 0 24 1/4 Lost Western Final to Calgary Stampeders 38-26 Lancaster Ham
1992 10 8 0 20 2/4 Lost Western Final to Calgary Stampeders 23-22 Lancaster Ham
1993 12 6 0 24 2/5 Won 81st Grey Cup against Winnipeg Blue Bombers 33 - 23 Lancaster Allen
1994 13 5 0 26 2/6 Lost Western Semi-Final to B.C. Lions 24-23 Lancaster Allen
1995 13 5 0 26 2/8 Lost Western Final to Calgary Stampeders 37-4 Lancaster Bell
1996 11 7 0 22 2/5 Lost 84th Grey Cup to Toronto Argonauts 43-37 Lancaster McManus
1997 12 6 0 24 1/4 Lost Western Final to Saskatchewan Roughriders 31-30 Lancaster McManus, Crandell

Ron Lancaster was named the 12th Head Coach in Edmonton Eskimos history on February 4, 1991. The Eskimos finished first in their division that year but were defeated by the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Final. In 1992, the Esks advanced to the West Final for the 13th time in 21 years but lost to Calgary. Linebacker Willie Pless was named the CFL's Outstanding Defensive player. The following season, Edmonton shook up its roster with a blockbuster eight for eight trade with Toronto. The Esks obtained Ed Berry, Eddie Brown, Bruce Dickenson, Rickey Foggie, J.P. Izquierdo, Len Johnson, Darrell K. Smith and in a separate deal reacquired Damon Allen from Hamilton. Edmonton rolled to eight consecutive victories including a 33–23 win over Winnipeg to win their 11th Grey Cup. Sean Fleming accounted for 21 of Edmonton's points and was named Outstanding Canadian in the Grey Cup.

Edmonton posted back to back second place finishes in 1994 and 1995, Willie Pless was named the CFL's Outstanding Defensive Player two straight seasons (1994–1995), and in 1995 set a new league record by qualifying for the playoffs for a 24th straight season. In 1996, the Eskimos finished second in the West and advanced to their 19th Grey Cup appearance, losing 43–37 to Toronto. Ron Lancaster passed Hugh Campbell for most wins as an Eskimo head coach with 71 and Lancaster became just the third coach in team history to be named CFL Coach of the Year. With Edmonton hosting Grey Cup 1997, the Eskimos finished first in the West with a 12–6 record, only to be upset in the West Final at Commonwealth Stadium by Saskatchewan Lancaster left the Eskimos following the 1997 season as the winningest coach in team history (83).

From Lancaster to The Don (1998-2000)[edit]

Season Won Lost Tied OT Loss Points Division Standing Playoff Outcome Head Coach Quarterbacks
1998 9 9 0 - 18 2/4 Lost Western Final to Calgary Stampeders 33-10 Stephenson Crandell
1999 6 12 0 - 12 3/4 Lost Western Semi-Final to Calgary Stampeders 30-17 Matthews Crandell, Greene
2000 10 8 0 1 22 2/4 Lost Western Semi-Final to B.C. Lions 34-32 Matthews Greene, Maas

1998 marked the one and only season for ex-Sacramento and San Antonio head coach Kay Stephenson who replaced Lancaster. Stephenson resigned following the 1998 season and was replaced by the winningest coach in CFL history - Don Matthews. The Esks were 6–12 and third in the West in Matthews first season, but qualified for the playoffs for the 28th straight year.

The start of the new millennium was the end of the great Gizmo Williams' playing career. After 200 games in Green and Gold, Williams left football as the leading kick returner of all-time.

The Too-Short Tenure of Tom Higgins (2001 - 2004)[edit]

Season Won Lost Tied OT Loss Points Division Standing Playoff Outcome Head Coach Quarterbacks
2001 9 9 0 1 19 1/4 Lost Western Final to Calgary Stampeders 34 - 16 Higgins Greene, Maas
2002 13 5 0 0 26 1/5 Lost 90th Grey Cup to Montreal Alouettes 25-26 Higgins Ray, Maas
2003 13 5 0 - 26 1/5 Won 91st Grey Cup against Montreal Alouettes 34-22 Higgins Ray, Maas
2004 9 9 0 - 18 2/5 Lost Western Semi-Final to Saskatchewan Roughriders 14 - 6 Higgins Ray, Maas

In 2001, General Manager Tom Higgins replaced Don Matthews as Head Coach. Higgins had served as the Eskimo's General Manager from 1997 - 2000. Jason Maas became the first Eskimo quarterback since 1990 to be named a CFL West All-Star in leading Edmonton to a first place finish and a trip to the West Final. Sean Fleming set a team record with 22 consecutive field goals and was named a West All-Star as both punter and kicker.

In 2002 Edmonton was named host city for the 90th Grey Cup and the Eskimos did not disappoint fans who were hoping they would become the first Western team since BC in 1994 to both play in and host a Grey Cup game. Led by rookie quarterback Ricky Ray, CFL leading rusher John Avery, slotback Terry Vaughn, who set a league record with his 8th consecutive 1000 yards receiving season, and CFL sack leader Elfrid Payton, Edmonton finished 13–5, good for first in the West and second overall. Edmonton defeated Winnipeg 33–30 in the West Final and advanced to the Grey Cup against Montreal, which the Als won 25–16. Six Eskimos were named to the CFL West All-Star team: John Avery, Jason Tucker, Terry Vaughn, Bruce Beaton, Elfrid Payton and Sean Fleming. Avery, Fleming, Payton, Vaughn and Tucker were selected to the 2002 CFL All-Star team. Payton capped his career year by winning the CFL Outstanding Defensive Player award, while teammate Bruce Beaton was runner-up as Outstanding Lineman.

In 2003 expectations were high for the Grey Cup finalists from the year previous and with off-season acquisitions of Kevin Lefsrud, Mike Pringle and Thomas Haskins from the Montreal Alouettes, there was no shortage of championship flavor in the Eskimo locker room. Led by super-sophomore Ricky Ray, the Eskimos tore up the CFL in numerous offensive categories with Mike Pringle leading the league in rushing touchdowns and Terry Vaughn enjoying a career year in receiving yardage. The offensive line allowed the fewest sacks propelling a Ray and co. to another 13–5 mark, first place in the West Division and second overall in the CFL. Edmonton defeated Saskatchewan 30–23 in the West Final and crashed the 'Riders Grey Cup party in Regina. The Eskimos exacted revenge on their foes from the east by defeating Montreal 33–24 for their first championship in 10 years and their twelfth in team history. Eight Eskimos were named to the CFL West All-Star team: Mike Pringle, Terry Vaughn, Ed Hervey, Dan Comiskey, Bruce Beaton, Donny Brady and Shannon Garrett. Hervey, Beaton and Brady were selected to the 2003 CFL All-Star team.

In 2004, Mike Pringle passed George Reed to become the CFL's all-time leading rusher and Jason Maas became the 2nd player in Eskimo history to pass for more than 5,000 yards (5270) and also set a new CFL record for consecutive completions in a game with 22 versus Winnipeg. Malcolm Frank set a new league standard for touchdowns on interception returns with five. Higgins resigned as the Eskimo's Head Coach in 2004 following a controversial failed fake punt call in the Western Semi-Final. A local newspaper reported that "His perpetually sunny disposition made him a lightning rod for more criticism in the media and the public than would normally befall a man with a 44-28 record. When you beam through even the darkest days, people begin to wonder if you're more than a few yards short of a first down." [1]

Cellar Dwellers: From Maciocia to Tillman (2005 - 2012)[edit]

Season Won Lost Tied Points Division Standing Playoff Outcome Head Coach Quarterbacks
2005 11 7 0 22 3/5 Won 93rd Grey Cup against Montreal Alouettes 38-35 in overtime Maciocia Ray, Maas
2006 7 11 0 14 4/4 Failed to Qualify Maciocia Ray, Maas
2007 5 12 1 11 4/4 Failed to Qualify Maciocia Ray, Maas
2008 10 8 0 20 4/4 Lost Cross-Over Eastern Final to Montreal Alouettes 36 - 26 Maciocia Ray, Maas
2009 9 9 0 18 3/4 Lost Western Semi-Final to Calgary Stampeders 24 - 21 Hall Ray, Maas
2010 7 11 0 14 4/4 Failed to Qualify Hall Ray, Maas
2011 11 7 0 22 2/4 Lost Western Final to B.C. Lions 43 - 20 Reed Ray, Joseph
2012 7 11 0 14 4/4 Lost Cross-Over Eastern Semi-Final to Toronto Argonauts 42-26 Reed Joseph, Jyles, Nichols


The Eskimos began 2005 with a new head coach when Danny Maciocia was named the club's 17th head coach and the team's first Canadian-born head man since Annis Stukus (1949–1951). Sean Fleming kicked his 465th career field goal, passing Dave Cutler for 1st on Edmonton's All-Time Field goal list. Ricky Ray became the 3rd Eskimo player to pass for 5,000 yards in a season (joining Warren Moon and Jason Maas). The Eskimos made the playoffs for the 34th consecutive year and won the Grey Cup with a 38–35 overtime win against Montreal. Ricky Ray set a Grey Cup completions record by completing 35 of 45 passes on his way to being named the Grey Cup MVP.

In 2006, QB Ricky Ray led the CFL in passing yards with 5,000 and he and WR Jason Tucker were both named CFL All-Stars. The Eskimos finished the season 7–11 and missed the playoffs for the first time in 35 years. The team missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season in 2007.

In 2008, the Eskimos returned to the playoffs after finishing the season 10–8. The Esks crossed over to the East Semi-Final against Winnipeg and became the first western team to win a crossover game in the playoffs. The green and gold lost to the Montreal Alouettes in the East Final the following week. Several team and league records were set: QB Ricky Ray broke two of Warren Moon's club records to become first in career touchdown passes (145) and first in passing yards in a season (5,648). He also set a CFL single-game record with a 92% completion rate when he went 23 of 25 for 302 yards and two touchdowns in the final game of the 2008 Edmonton Eskimos season. DB Jason Goss tied Eskimo records for interception touchdowns in a game (2) and interceptions in a game (3) and became second in CFL history for most interception return yards in a game (144).[2]

The 2009 Edmonton Eskimos season, began with Danny Maciocia stepping down as Head Coach and being named General Manager and Director of Football Operations. Long-time Saskatchewan defensive coordinator Richie Hall was named Eskimo head coach. He would lead the team to a 9–9 record, third in the CFL West, and lose to Calgary in the West Semi-Final. Fred Stamps lead all CFL receivers with 1,402 yards.[3]

Danny Maciocia was fired as General Manager on July 31, 2010 and Eric Tillman was appointed as Esks General Manager on September 14, 2010. The 2010 Edmonton Eskimos season, would also be coach Richie Hall's second and final season as head coach of the Eskimos as the team finished with a 7–11 record.[4]

Kavis Reed was appointed as the new Head Coach of the Eskimos in 2011. The team finished second in the West division, their best regular season finish since 2005. The Esks would go on to beat the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Division semi-finals and lose to the BC Lions in the CFL West Division championship game.[5]

On December 12, 2011 the Ricky Ray era came to an end in Edmonton, as the Eskimos traded star quarterback Ricky Ray to the Toronto Argonauts for quarterback Steven Jyles, kicker Grant Shaw and a first-round draft pick in the 2012 Canadian draft.[6][7] The Eskimos finished 2012 last in the Western Division, but one game ahead of both Hamilton and Winnipeg, which landed the Eskies a spot in the Eastern semi-final. In the last game of the season, sophomore linebacker J.C. Sherritt broke the CFL's single season tackle record with 130 tackles. The Eskimos fired General Manager Eric Tillman one week prior to playoffs, citing no specific reason for his dismissal. The Eskimos lost the semi-final to Ricky Ray and the Toronto Argonauts 42-26.

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References[edit]

Season Won Lost Tied Points Division Standing Playoff Outcome Head Coach Quarterbacks
1990 10 8 0 20 2/4 Lost 78th Grey Cup to Winnipeg Blue Bombers 50-11 Faragalli Ham
1989 16 2 0 32 1/4 Lost Western Final to Saskatchewan Roughriders 32-21 Faragalli Ham
1988 11 7 0 22 1/4 Lost Western Final to B.C. Lions 37-19. Faragalli Ham, Allen
1987 11 7 0 22 2/4 Won 75th Grey Cup against Toronto Argonauts 38-36 Faragalli, Parker Dunnigan, Allen
1986 13 4 1 27 1/4 Lost 74th Grey Cup to Hamilton Tiger-Cats 39-15 Parker Dunnigan, Allen
1985 10 6 0 20 3/4 Lost Western Semi-Final to Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22-15 Parker Dunnigan, Allen
1984 9 7 0 18 3/4 Lost Western Semi-Final to Winnipeg Blue Bombers 55-20 Parker Dunnigan
1983 8 8 0 16 3/4 Lost Western Semi-Final to Winnipeg Blue Bombers 49-22 Parker, Ketella Moon, Dunnigan
1982 11 5 0 22 1/4 Won 70th Grey Cup against Toronto Argonauts 32-16 Campbell Moon