First off...we won last night; just in-case you missed the game, and Burris played quite a big role in that.
"My problem is with Burris. He was and is a short term solution to a long term problem"
Thing is, when we brought Burris in last year, everyone thought this team was on the cusp of something great, and Burris was going to be the final piece to push us over the edge. I think Ti-Cat management was more than aware that Burris was on his last legs, but as Burris has proven, he still has something to give to the game. To combat this whole "Burris is sorta old eh?" problem, management brought in a couple of former stud NCAA QBs in Dan LeFevour and Brian Brohm, to develop behind one of the all-time great CFL quarterbacks.
"This issue has been raised more than once on this list. However, being the leading passer in the league this year and last means nothing if the team standings don't reflect it"
Burris would have had to throw for 500yards, 5Tds, 0 Ints every game last season to even have a shot at making the playoffs. To pin the disaster of last season on Burris is crazy.
"I think Austin is afraid to upset Mr. Burris just in case Lefevour doesn't work out. Then what's he got? Well guess what, that's exactly what's going to happen in the future if Ticats don't nurture their backup QBs. "
Or possibly, Burris has proven a whole heck of a lot more than LeFevour has in the CFL, and it makes almost 0 sense to bench a guy coming off a career high season, who is also leading the league in passing yards this season, and also sports a 103 QB rating.
"Burris, Calvillo and Ricky Ray are QBs in training for retirement so start to ease them out and let these news kids develop, for goodness sakes!! " "I mean really, just how much can you learn doing quarter back sneaks? Give this new kid a break! Give us all a break!!"
Yes, playing time is easily the biggest development tool you can use, but there are so many other factors that go into a players development, to say that because LeFevour is sitting on the bench, his development is being stunted is just silly, I can't even imagine all the priceless information and tips that LeFevour has soaked up learning behind a guy like Hank (not to mention having Kent Austin has our head coach as well). The time will come when Ray, Burris, and Calvillo will be all but a memory in CFL lure, but that time is not now.
"I applaud Ticats for inserting Lefevour with a limited number of plays, how about inserting him for a quarter and then two quarters. PLEASE, lets not have another Quinton Porter. I mean really, just how much can you learn doing quarter back sneaks? Give this new kid a break! Give us all a break!!"
Kind of funny, because if we did start giving LeFevour an entire quarter or half to play...we would be in the EXACT same situation we were with Porter...remember when Bellefeuille decided to switch between him and Glenn at the drop of a dime??? Giving Porter a quarter, then Glenn a quarter, then deciding which QB he wanted to finish out the game??? That was fun. How Kent handled LeFevour last game was perfect.
"It's also amazing to me that the owner has not been all over the scouting crew at Hamilton for allowing an entire defense to be hired that has practically no experience not withstanding injuries. There are lots of good defensive players available. Go get 'em."
Just a question, if we had entered the season with the 2nd year guy LeFevour as our starting QB, and Burris was a FA, would you be all over management for allowing this young, inexperienced, unproven QB take the reins of SUPER young and inexperienced team, while a good, proven vet like Burris was still sitting at home? Just a hypothetical.
Look, I said the day we signed LeFevour that he would be the future of our franchise. I am over the moon high on this guy, and believe he can do incredible things in Hamilton for years to come. But let's try and keep it real, this is Burris' team for now, and rushing LeFevour into the starting role could ruin his career here entirely. Let him learn behind Burris, sub in certain situations to mess around with the other defenses gameplans, and when Burris is ready to call it quits (or signs with the RedBlacks...it could happen.), LeFevour will be completely ready to take over the team.
Heavy case of the LeFever going around this boards this past week. But for good reason, the guy looks like he could be a star. All in good time people, Burris is the leader for now.