Eskimos name former receiver Ed Hervey GM

The Edmonton Eskimos turned to one of their own to be their new general manager. The Eskimos have promoted Ed Hervey, a former longtime wide receiver with the CFL club, to the post.

In 118 career games, Hervey totalled 6,715 yards and 43 touchdowns

Former Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver Ed Hervey has been the team's Head Scout since 2009. The two-time Grey Cup champion will now be leading the team as GM. (Chuck Stoody/Canadian Press)

The Edmonton Eskimos turned to one of their own to be their new general manager.

The Eskimos have promoted Ed Hervey, a former longtime wide receiver with the CFL club, to the post.

In a statement, Hervey — a Houston native — said he's ready to help the team win.  

"I'm excited for the challenge, but I'm humbled by the opportunity," Hervey said. "I want to make it very clear that this is not about me, this is about the Edmonton Eskimos, this is about our team, our organization, our direction.

"Our direction is simple: we want to win."

Hervey played eight seasons for the Eskimos, and was a CFL all-star in 2001 and 2003.

"My plan is simple and effective; do not reinvent the wheel but reinforce the fact that teamwork on and off the field wins championships," he said. "The acquisition of the most talented players, coaches and staff will allow the Edmonton Eskimos to return to their proper place amongst the CFL elite."

Hervey got a ringing endorsement from team president and CEO Len Rhodes.

"Ed is the right man to build us a world-class team — on the field and in the community," said Rhodes. "He embodies the Eskimo Way and will give our community a consistently-competitive team for years to come."

Rhodes said the team began with a list of 17 candidates, reduced that to a shortlist of four people last week and conducted final interviews over the weekend before deciding on Hervey.

"We didn't give him this job, he earned it."

The 39-year-old Hervey takes over for Eric Tillman, who was fired by the CFL club last month.

Tillman was fired before Edmonton played in last month's East Division semi-final. The Eskimos lost to the eventual Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts.

Hervey takes over a club that struggled offensively in 2012 and stumbled into the playoffs on a three-game losing streak. Edmonton finished last in the West Division, but finished with a better record than Hamilton and Winnipeg and crossed over into the East semifinal.

He hopes some stability will bring a winning attitude back to a club that has won 13 Grey Cups.

"Winning is what I want to do, and I won't stop until I do," he said. "That's just how I'm wired. But I also believe in structure. I believe in the best players, I believe in the best staff, but I'm not mistaken to believe that it's not about the football team. We are a football club, and football is what we do."

Endorsing coach Reed

As one of his first actions, Hervey made it clear he thinks current coach Kavis Reed is the right man to guide the team moving forward.

"As far as Coach Reed, I believe in him," Hervey said on the Eskimos' official facebook page. "He is the guy."

Hervey said that for six years he had a front-row seat to watch two different general managers — Danny Maciocia and Tillman — and to learn from both their mistakes and what they did well. He admitted things had been "unpredictable" in that position the last few seasons and he wants to stabilize that.

"I don't have any great master plan," he said on a couple of occasions. "It's a simple philosophy. Do things right. Communicate. Scout the best players. Coach Reed will see them and coach them. And the guys will hit the field and perform. It's not that complicated."

In 2006, Hervey received the David Boone Memorial Award in recognition of his tireless work in the community.

With files from The Canadian Press