On Thursday, veteran coach Rich Stubler announced he was leaving the team to accept a similar position with the British Columbia Lions.
Under Stubler’s guidance, the Eskimos gave up the second fewest points in the Canadian Football League in 2011– 401 points. Only the Lions at 385 points gave up fewer.
But a change became necessary in British Columbia when Mike Benevides became the head coach after spending four years as their defensive co-ordinator. That particular move was made by the Lions because Wally Buono felt it was time to step away from coaching to concentrate on General Manager duties.
Stubler has a long history coaching in the CFL. He was the defensive co-ordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1983-1989, Toronto Argonauts in 1990 and 2003-07, Edmonton Eskimos from 1991-1995, 1998-1999 and 2011, and British Columbia Lions in 2000. Stubler was also the head coach of the Argonauts in 2007 and 2008 and the defensive line coach for the Lions in 2010.
If the Eskimos hire internally for the defensive co-ordinator position, linebackers coach Mark Nelson would be a solid choice. Nelson has a year of experience being the defensive co-ordinator of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2009.