Kerry Joseph bumped to backup in Argos QB shuffle
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 | 2:12 PM ET
Toronto Argonauts coach Rich Stubler announced Tuesday that quarterback Michael Bishop will get the start when the team hosts Hamilton on Thursday night.
As part of the quarterback shuffle, veteran pivot Kerry Joseph will be 2nd on the depth chart, behind Michael Bishop.
Michael Bishop, seen in the season opener, gets the start ahead of a healthy Kerry Joseph.
(Frank Gunn/Canadian Press) "Kerry will be watching this week, something that is obviously tough for a guy of that experience," Stubler told reporters.
Joseph was sacked 3 times and knocked down several more times in a not so impressive performance that also saw Joseph fumble the ball for a FG. Bishop in limited action only, was not sacked, had no ints or fumbles, and threw a touchdown in the team's opening-game win over the Bombers., but the Argos had trouble moving the ball consistently. The bombers recorded 3 sacks in their loss.
Bishop entered the game in the 2nd quarter and threw a touchdown to narrow the margin. He proved more elusive to Bombers tacklers and finished the first half at qb.
The relief appearance was reminiscent of 2 seasons ago when Bishop came off the bench to replace an ineffective Allen in a pair of playoff games.
The 33-year-old quarterback has apprenticed for the Argos since 2002, but could have a chance now to remain the team's starter if he impresses.
Joseph, has been the Argo starter since last week, but Stubler insists it`s not good enough to put last years starter on the bench. If Mike struggles I will not hesitate to try Kerry from the bench.
Stubler did say however that it was likely that both Bishop and Joseph would get snaps against the Ti-Cats.