Another year without a single Canadian QB on any roster in the country. If you want the CFL to really succeed, I mean financially and in popularity you must do the following. First off, every team needs to put aside a part of its budget to develop CFL minor football. Minor football in Canada needs to take the 3 down rule into its program. By doing so, it will create the need for youngsters to throw the ball, and it will give wrs and dbs a lot more opportunity to make plays and develop their skills. Also, special teams will develop as a more important role, kickers field goal kickers, long snappers will alll benefit from 3 down football! Coaches will also need to get more creative with play calling and overall the game will truly be Canadian. The next step is high school, with the transition coming after several years of initiating the 3 down rule in minor football. The major point here is that the 3 down rule will breed the QB's of the future and I know that there is a little Canadian kid out there who can win grey cups, we just need to put them into the position to be successful. As it stands, the majority of QB'S up here are really just hacks who failed to make it to the NFL. Now, they are taking jobs that should be Canadian.
Next, the leauge needs to start a rule that makes it necessary for each team to have one Canadian QB on the roster and that to make sure they are developed, each QB chosen needs to have a 3 year contract that pays above leauge averages and gives them a chance to start at least one game per year.
Also, the CFL should start a fund that grows with each passing year, maybe start with 50,000 dollars and add a little each year until a Canadian QB leads his team to a Grey Cup championship. By the time it takes to develop these kids, the pot will be at a substanial sum and will further intice QB prospects to continue to play and develop their skills instead of vying for more lucrative sports like baseball or hockey, which most QB prospects eventually do.
To recap, 1. 3 down football in minor football leauges, funded and supported by the CFL
2. Mandatory QB for each CFL team, with 3 year contract, above average salary to ensure development
3. A fund that grows each year that rewards the first Canadian that wins the CFL Grey Cup as a starter.
With the development of QB'S, Canada will no doubt produce champions and I think the skilled position players will become highly recruited down south after playing 3 down football since childhood.
Without development, we are stuck with mediocre American talent and another lost generation of potential talent.