In a blog I wrote on Friday, I stated that I thought the Eskimos would hire internally for the opening defensive co-ordinator position and name Mark Nelson, as a primary assistant to Head Coach Kavis Reed. Well, gosh golly gee, sometimes I am right.
On Monday, Reed agreed with my blog, and named Nelson, an Edmonton native, as the Eskimos’ defensive co-ordinator for the up coming year, to replace vetertan Rich Stubler, who went on to accept a similar position with the British Columbia Lions.
Nelson, who has been coaching football, since 1986, was the special teams and linebackers coach for the Eskimos back in 1992, in charge of special teams and running backs in 1993 and 1994, and has been the Eskimos’ linebackers coach the past two seasons. He also has experience as a defensive co-ordinator in the CFL with Winnipeg in 2010, and playing experience in the CFL with Calgary and Saskatchewan as a linebacker from 1980-1986.