Just weeks ago, the Redblacks were unaware of who would step on the sidelines for the franchise, now as we go into 2020 Ottawa knows almost everything they need to know heading into the Free Agency and Draft.
After the announcement of LaPolice coming to Ottawa, the Redblacks were signing players and coaches to bring an identity to the city. The team brought in a defensive co-ordinator in Mike Benevides, an offensive line coach in Bob Wylie, a receivers coach in Alex Suber and they had made the decision to keep Bob Dyce at the special teams co-ordinator. These four moves inspired the team to also bring in Charlie Eger as the team’s running backs coach going into 2020.
Eger has a load of coaching experience in the past years as an assistant coach at Seton Hill University along with being the offensive co-ordinator at Clarion University. To pair with his collegiate coaching time, Charlie Eger spent a few OTAs with both the Pittsburgh Steelers and St Louis Rams along with a training camp with Winnipeg where he helped coach with Paul LaPolice the Redblacks head coach.
Also announced last week, Charlie Eger will be coaching former Winnipeg Bue Bomber and Calgary Stampeders running back Timothy Flanders. Just days before Christmas, the Redblacks announced the signing of Timothy Flanders and the re-signing of long snapper L.P Bourassa.
Flanders is heading into his 5th season of his CFL career and he’s had quite the ride up north. The Oklahoma native came to Canada in 2015 when he was signed by the B.C Lions to play just one game, although the experience put he put in granted him an opportunity with Winnipeg. In Winnipeg, Flanders fell onto the offensive system of Paul LaPolice and had a successful two seasons in the Peg.
In a part of LaPolice’s offense, Flanders gained 880 yards from scrimmage along with 7 touchdowns in both 2016 and 2017. Since his outing with Winnipeg, he has unable to find himself back on a team other than a stint with Calgary in 2018 although this opportunity to reunite with his old OC may be a great chance to get back in the game for Flanders.
To go with the announcements released by the Redblacks, the team also let fans know about who they have on their negotiations list.