It’s been over 40 years since the CFL had a legit Canadian QB starting and that streak certainly won’t end this year. Sinopoli might get another turn as the clipboard holder in Calgary, but that’s as close as it’s going to get. Quinlan had a gutsy performance in the Vanier, but can anyone really fool themselves into thinking he’s a potential starter?
If the CFL changes the import ratio to have Canadian QBs count against the NI number, it would be completely pointless. Every CFL team would have a Canadian QB on the roster knowing full well the 3rd string QB is about as likely to take actual game reps as the mascot is. It'd just mean teams would only need to have 19 NIs who actually get playing time along with one other Canadian to stand beside the Gatorade cooler.
It’d be a huge mistake for the CFL to try and mandate teams to carry a Canadian QB. That’d be like saying all airlines must have at least one pilot who is legally blind, or that all fire departments must have at least one firefighter who is a paraplegic. What’s the point? QB is the most important position in football - - so how could a coach be expected to put his fate in the hands of a QB that’s physically incapable of doing the job?
Notice how things unfolded last year in Calgary when Drew Tate missed five weeks. Did Hufnagel move Sinopoli up the depth chart to be the back up? Not on your life. The Stamps immediately brought in CFL wash-out Mike Bishop to be the second string guy. If Sinopoli can’t even be trusted to run short yardage what chance does he ever have at being the starting QB? Same thing happened in Winnipeg - - Brokeback Buck went down and the Bombers signed Bishop. But Winnipeg moved up 3rd stringer Justin Goltz to be the back up instead of Bishop.
Some will try and argue we’ll never know how great a Canadian QB can be until one gets a couple years to be the starter. Sure. If the Blue Jays roll out a fat guy from the local Slo-Pitch team to be their starting pitcher, does anyone need to see 9 innings to realize a 55MPH fastball isn’t going to cut it in the Big Leagues?
My suggestion to settle this debate is for the CFL to implement a new rule that any team with a starting Canadian QB can have all imports starting at every other position. Surely that would be enough enticement for at least a couple teams to go with even the most mediocre Canadian QB as their starter. Calgary and Montreal could recreate the 1995 Baltimore Stallions - - all they’d need to do is have Sinopoli and Quinlan calling the signals. But my guess is there’s no way any team would do it. And maybe then the apologists would finally accept the reality that Canadian QBs just aren’t good enough.