What it will take is for a Canadian to WIN the job. It will happen some day.
pretty difficult to win the job without a fair opportunity to compete or be added to the roster when NCAA prospects get first dibs.
It is not so much they are better, as it is the numbers.
How many schools in the US ?
How many schools / jr football in Canada ?
It is quantity more than quality.
Take the BEST Canadian QB, University or JR Football.
Let’s say he is the winner of the Vanier Cup or Canadian JR Bowl.
For the point of issue, we will say he is the best of 50 Canadian QB’s.
Just compare him to the literal multiple hundreds of US QB,s.
He would most likely only fit into the bottom 1/3 rd if lucky.
I hope to see it someday, just do not think it will
It is because they are better, not because of numbers. Nothing to do with “NCAA QBs get first dibs” that is ridiculous.
The NCAA QBs play at a much higher calibre, a much longer and intense training regime, where they train all winter and play more games with tougher competition than the CIS. And this shows during the CFL camps. We have Canadian coaches and assistant coaches in the CFL and Canadian owners so it’s not like there is some type of conspiracy against the CIS QB.
It’s a matter of experience and performing in the training camp.
The NCAA QB will face defenses with players faster and much stronger than any defenses a CIS QB will face. The NCAA QB has faced the faster strong defenses since junior high. CFL coaches/assistant coaches will tell you that the CIS QBs may be able to throw the ball and rack up some yardage playing against CIS defenses but when they come to a CFL camp and have an ex-NFLer or NCAA guy in their face it’s a totally different world. They just don’t have the ability or experience that the NCAA trained QBs have.
Right now there are a couple of Canadian QBs playing in the NCAA they were recruited out of Canadian high schools, they are the cream of the crop, their talent was spotted by NCAA scouts. One of them is O’brien out of Ottawa who was recruited as a freshman to Penn State, I think I read that he’s switched schools for this season. He’s playing in the NCAA because he was spotted as a QB talent in high school and he’s earning his ticket at the highest level possible.
The QB position is one position that we should never be allowed to designate as a national, that is a position that must be earned.