This guy sure knows how to leave an impression. This is from the Winnipeg Free Press.
Can a QB fail QB U?
Sure can. Every time a QB is grilled by the head coach in the classroom or steps on the field he is being evaluated. Kelly referred to a QB who attended their free-agent camp in Florida this spring and did not leave a good impression: "I can tell you this: there was a particular quarterback down in Florida who thought he knew more about the game than he did. He came off in a manner that wasn't conducive to someone who wanted to be part of a group. That's what I'm looking for: people who want to contribute and learn and help mould this whole thing together."
Asked if that QB in Florida was Casey Printers, the former CFL Most Outstanding Player, Kelly laughed and said: "I didn't say any names now, did I?"
There is zero chance the Bombers will compete on offense this year with the unproven/mediocre QB's they currently have. Printers may be a jerk, but he is better than anything else the Bombers have at QB.
Kelly will be reminded of his after Winnipeg goes 0 and 5 to start the season, and he is fired.
Funny how one day he says workout results will stay private out of respect for the players involved and then he says something like this, knowing full well that the reporters will know who he is talking about, Can't get much more coward then that. Typical Mike Kelly. Says one thing then does the oposite, he'll get his...
I’m not surprised to see Cats fans hoping the Bombers suck this year as that is the only way they could make the playoffs, but to see Als fans jumping in as well does surprise me. You can smell the fear coming out of both camps now, I love it.
I'd have said that Kelly is on the thin ice...........as in he could possibly be the first coach fired in 2009.........but just hang on a sec.
Bauer may not be too quick to pull the trigger. If the Bombers falter out of the gate with a gaggle of inexperienced QBs, many GMs might look at a coaching change, but how can Bauer? Kelly is his boy...........no one can say Bauer did due diligence here...he just hired Kelly without even seeing who else might be available and without interviewing anyone else (except perhaps for a pro forma talk with Greg Marshall).
Such being the case, Bauer's reputation and perhaps his own continued employment is on the line here as well...........so he may give Kelly way more rope than another GM would (and some will doubtless say he already has). Now of course if one of the QBs steps up (say, LeFors) and plays great and the team does well, then Kelly will look like a genius for getting him and jettisoning Glenn, and Bauer will look like a genius for having hired Kelly without considering anyone else.
Now, piggy, yes I am an Als' fan.........but no, no fear coming from where I sit. Frankly I hope the Bombers do well (just not as well as the Als), because I think the CFL needs a wild and wacky off the wall character on the sidelines somewhere in the league, and Kelly fits the bill quit nicely.
And as far as the Cats go, the situation is somewhat similar. Obie annointed Bellefeuille as the head coach without interviewing any other candidates. So again, if the Cats falter, he'll have to be reluctant to tie the can to Bellefeuille, for the same reasons. He didn't do his due diligence, so if Bellefeuille can't cut it as a head coach, it'll be Obie's fault for not considering other qualified candidates as much as it'll be Bellefeuille's fault.