the esks have been on a steady decline for about the last half-decade. prior to about the late 1990's they were THE model franchise of the CFL. however, their botched handling of ron lancaster and then don matthews, the ill-advised promotion of tom higgins and then danny maciocia to head coach, and a few years of VERY questionable trading/hiring/recruitment practices have left a huge black smear on the organization.
right, until last year they had still done OK on the field, but if you can ask an insider (which I have) they'll likely tell you that the head office has been a huge s**tshow for years now.
Their record stands for itself, unparalleled in professional sports. As for the comparison to the Oilers they as well have an unparalleled record since entering the league. They will be great again after this rebuilding stage ( if you like I will take the time to explain this) I actually hope we stay in the tank for a few years rather than trying to create a quick fix. Its great to through out volleys of discontent on these boards but please at least do a little homework!