Dan LeFevour Signed

I for one am happy to report.

Aside from the knee operation, I know there were questions about his arm strength. But he was accurate and certainly a threat with his legs, particularly against us.

One more QB option.

Non? Vraiment??

Wow!!!!

NiagaraAls, mon ami, si LeFevour est remis à 100% lors du camp d'entraînement, je crois que nous aurons enfin une compétition qui nous permettra de comparer justement les qualités de Crompton à côté de celles d'un quart qui a un niveau presque comparable d'expérience. Je dis presque parce que LeFevour est en apprentissage dans cette ligue depuis un an de plus que Crompton. Crompton a cependant plus de départs que lui derrière la cravate.

J'ai toujours trouvé que LeFevour avait de belles qualités à développer. Il ne panique pas, il joue avec confiance, il est passablement précis et il court très bien. C'est un quart qui a constamment progressé depuis qu'il est arrivé dans cette ligue et je crois qu'il n'a pas fini de progresser s'il n'a pas trop de séquelles de sa blessure. Lorsqu'il a été appelé à jouer, les gars autour de lui ne semblaient pas douter qu'il pouvait exécuter les jeux.

S'il fallait que LeFevour devienne un quart de concession avec les Alouettes, ce serait une dérision incroyable. Un autre #13 de Hamilton qui viendrait briller à Montréal!!! Ça serait dur à avaler là bas! (On peut toujours rêver...)

WOW. Good for Jim. You can tell that while Higgins and Schonert might think Crompton is the incumbent, Popp is acutely aware that things are far from settled at the QB position. I don't know what will happen now with all the QBs we have, but I'm very happy to see us add a guy like LeFevour who has some CFL experience. He's also good at short yardage IIRC.

Exactement.

Je crois cependant que nous avons le meilleur quart pour les faufilades en Marsh et je ne lui retirerais pas ce rôle sans avoir quelqu'un qui soit réellement meilleur que lui.

De savoir ce qui arrivera avec tous ces passeurs au sein de l'équipe maintenant demeure un gros point d'interrogation, d'autant plus que nous ne savons pas quand LeFevour va vraiment être remis de sa blessure. À être Higgins et Schonert, je ne me presserais pas trop, histoire de donner assez de temps à LeFevour pour recouvrer totalement sa santé et assez de corde à Crompton pour soit saisir l'occasion, soit se pendre. Dans un certain sens, c'est une situation idéale pour les deux.

Il est clair que les Alouettes ne garderont pas 5 quarts. D'emblée, je crois qu'un de Johnson ou Skelton va lever les feutres à la fin du camp d'entraînement, si LeFevour montre assez de signes de rétablissement pour que l'équipe espère le voir sur le terrain quelque part durant la saison. Sinon, LeFevour pourrait commencer la saison sur la liste des blessés pour 6 parties et les Alouettes pourraient aligner 3 quarts et en garder un sur l'équipe de pratique, jusqu'au retour de LeFevour.

One has to remember that the Als tried to sign Kevin Glenn before LeFevour. I doubt that if Glenn had accepted they would have also gone after LeFevour.

That would have been one Popp move I would not have understood.

Yes, indeed, it seems that LeFevour wasn't the first choice, but sometimes things work out for the best. In a strictly competitive standpoint, signing LeFevour away from Hamilton improves us at their expense, which is good because they're a division rival (the same is true of Giguere). What that improvement will mean in the regular season is anybody's guess. I still think Hamilton is the team to beat in the east; to be the man, we'll have to beat the man.

Pleasantly surprised! I am positive that without his injury a few teams would have tried to sign Dan. He may not be 100% for beginning of training camp, but when fully healthy he will compete for number 1 position.

Richard

Maybe, maybe not. I can’t say as I’ve been overly impressed with what I’ve seen from him so far.

But I do think that now Tanner Marsh is on pretty thin ice.

Pas certain. Popp aime beaucoup Marsh et il n'y en a pas de meilleur que lui dans la LCF pour les faufilades. Marsh n'aura que 25 ans au début de la saison. Je dirais plutôt que les deux autres américains ont des preuves à faire.

Marsh was definitely rushed into the starting lineup in 2013. When Garcia and Shonert Arrived they were smart enough to go with a more mature and pro experienced Crompton and allow Marsh from a small school and only his second pro season to take a step back and learn and develop.
Crompton may or may not be a long term starter but his expereinces in pro football enabled him to take control of the huddle and execute the basic game plan that was put in. Relying on the stud oline and a healthy running back in Sutton. Taking there shots downfield to Carter and Green. The big thing was he did not turn the ball over. Not forcing the ball into an interception situation better to throw the ball away, save the field position, and live to play another series.
Garcia and now AC know that its much better to throw the ball away if nothing is there on second down.
As Marsh is just 25 and came right to the CFL out of college it is not uncommon to give such a QB 3 years to develop before makng a decision on his future.
Lefevour came to the CFL with already a few years of pro experiences and two years under former CFL QB Kent Austin. He also may or may not be the long term starting solution but at the least is proving to be a solid back up to run an offense when called upon. As well good with his legs gives wildcat type packages and short yardage QB.

Popp may very well like Marsh, but I am far from convinced that Higgins and the rest of the offensive brain trust feel the same way, given how little they used him last season (Alex Brink ahead of him on the depth chart??).

CTV Montreal played a clip of Popp about having 5 QB's.
I thought he said that they could not start TC with 5 QB's.

Is there a CFL rule that puts a limit on how many QB's a team can have in TC?

What I'm glad about is that Crompton will have competition and has to show what he's truly made of. He did get us Ws last season, but many of them were just so-so, i.e. we had just enough points to garner a W. Now, some would say that that's all you want. True enough, but I like the Calvillo-style W, i.e. making it clear early and often that the Als are going to come out victorious.

This also means that Crompton is going to have to hone his skills in the areas that we all talked about last season. LeFevour definitely brings some good things into the mix and he will push Crompton. Also glad to see that the Als picked up Nik Lewis. While some may consider him to be a wash-up, he often killed the Als. It will be nice to have a guy like that on our side. Hopefully, he can also bring some experience to the younger receivers who can profit from his CFL experience.

Well, we now have a cadre of receivers that can kill teams. Now, we have to see from among the QBs coming to camp who will be able to zip the ball to these guys and rack up points.

I've said this before and repeat it here. A good and consistently-winning team depends on a GM who has a nose for talent and goes out and gets them. He is a modern-day Sammy Pollock. Jim - well done!

I like this signing. LeFevour was effective in The TiCat 2QB system a while back, he was quite competent stepping in with a ground game and, later when injury forced him into the number one role he was effective with the pass. As noted, I too am glad that he won't be a TC as they will be our main opposition. He has acquired experience and, at least will be a solid number 2 QB- who could step in to mix up the offense as he did in Hamilton. I would not be surprised, in time, if he were the partner in a 2 QB system. I am not expecting much from the ex NFL guys who will be in the mix for training camp . One of these two " lost his arm" before going to two NFL tryouts. In both cases he was discharged rather quickly. Skelton had good QBing at Texas A/M but, was little used in the NFL. I wonder if Marsh will obtain sufficient playing time? This is the year he should make it or break it as an AL QB. Popp has earned his stripes since mid season 2014. I would not be surprised to learn of another QB signing. I'm thinking positively for 2015.

A team can have as many QBs that they want in training camp; generally speaking, 5 is a high number,since training camps are so short. If I was a betting man, I would say that Jerrod Johnson is the most likely to be released before training camp. I expect that reduction will occur no later than after 2 day training camp.-April 15 to 17-

Richard

I suspect that Lefevour will be on IR well into the season. No way will he be ready to go by TC.

As for the comment that the coaches had anointed Crompton as the starter and this is Popps move to suggest otherwise-there is no doubt in my mind that this move was discussed and approved by all. Same as was the aborted Glenn move.

it's a great signing but I do believe he will need a full year to recover from the ACL. Kind of surprised the press release didn't address it. Unless I missed it.

Agreed. I think Johnson will be released, while Skelton will be hidden on LTIR and Marsh and LeFevour fight it out for the no. 2 spot behind Crompton.

Excellent commentaire!

Il est effectivement curieux que les média aient peu parlé de sa blessure. Pour ma part, je ne vois aucune raison de presser LeFevour à revenir sur le terrain. S’il doit être un compétiteur de Crompton, autant qu’il le soit lorsque que complètement remis, mais vraiement complètement remis. On a vu ce qui est arrivé avec Whitaker en revenant trop tôt.

Thanks Richard.