QB says he won't forget 'people kicking me while I was down'
By Lowell Ullrich,
The fickle nature of Casey Printers' profession is on the mind of the 24-year-old quarterback, who is being told at his NFL auditions he is at the perfect time in his career to bolt the Lions.
It may also explain why he levelled what may be a parting blast at Wally Buono on Thursday.
Printers confirmed he has been told by the coach of the CFL team he would be the starter if he returns next season.
But he also restated concerns over the lack of communication between him and the Lions coaching staff.
"I will not forget how I was treated this past year as far as people kicking me while I was down.
"I won't forget how I was toyed with," said Printers, who had a shoulder problem the club could not diagnose accurately.
"That will always stick with me."
The feeling Printers gets now is that Buono wants him instead of Dave Dickenson.
"That's really [being] fickle to me. Obviously, people have changed their tune. They want me to be the starting quarterback," Printers said.
Buono' response was: "If we're going to get things resolved he's got to think that and we've got to think that too, to a point."
That's not what Dickenson wanted to hear. "I don't want to be anyone's second choice," he said from Calgary.
Printers is re-assessing his NFL chances upon starting option-year tryouts this week, which continued Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs.
"I asked, 'Is it time for me to come out?' The consensus was they stop recruiting guys from Canada about the age of 28 or 29," he said.
"It was very shocking. Everybody's telling me you need more years to develop. These guys are telling me otherwise."
There are other communication gaps.
Printers repeatedly tells print reporters he has no phone, but lashed out Thursday on CKST/The Team during his second local radio interview this week.
Without prompting, he again brought up being benched in the 2004 Grey Cup, and said he was bothered when he had to start last year when Dickenson was a late scratch due to back spasms.
"Why wouldn't you receive a call from your coaches saying, 'Be ready'?" he asked. "That stuff really bothers me."
Not enough, however, to turn his back on Buono if he offers up a contract.
"I still want to be a B.C. Lion because of the city," he told the station. "I don't know where I'd be if people weren't coming up on a daily basis saying how 'we really respect and idolize you.'"
"The [NFL] situations that are occurring, I may have [an] opportunity, but there has to be a total commitment for me to sign a deal."
It's hard to gauge the Lions' commitment to Printers as Buono starts a month-long vacation.