Marsh has not played enough at QB ( other that 3rd and one) to demonstrate that he is a competent passer. In his initial year, as a rookie, he did win one game with a long pass to Deslauriers. Since then its only been 3rd and 1 for him only. Against Hamilton Marsh did engineer one long series of plays beginning around the Als 20 yd line and, concluding with Bede being within his kicking range in the TiCat end of the field. This happened in the last 5.5 minutes of the game. Marsh completed 1 pass for a first down, threw 2 incomplete passes. Rutley moved the ball 3 times, only 1 for first down yardage, usually right up the middle. Giguere made two running sweeps, one for a first down, one for 7 yds,followed by 3 y for the first down. Marsh threw a 7 yd pass to Rutley who turned it into a first down.Then Bede kicked the winning 3 points.
In this series, Marsh did complete 1 10 yard pass. He was incomplete for 2 passes and, a short pass turned into a first down by Nik Lewis’s barging his way for it. Giguere ran the sweep twice, once for a first down and, secondly he used his brute strength to get 3 yds to make it a first down. In this series, Giguere ran with speed and power and, this play has been very effective. Rutley’s tough running for 5-7yards was effective in also taking time off the running clock. Nik Lewis acted like a bull dozer turning 7 yds into a 1st down. Marsh was the manager of this, and did his 3 and 1 as usual.
Before all the above, it was Cato who threw the 50 yd pass to Rutley. Marsh can manage a game and,complete a few short passes but, there is nothing in his history with the team, to conclude that he can manage a game in which the pass is the major thrust. Will the coaches give Marsh ongoing opportunity to develop his passing?As we have noted, a QB, wanting to improve his skills, this requires playing. I believe Giguere’s ability to run wide can improve our running game. In addition there would be opportunity for play action. Add Rutley or Sutton and we have a good running game,