Eakin and Quinn.

After countless examples which prove otherwise why do coaches and fans still think NFL experience means automatic success up here?

Because there are no other choices. Right now there are just no good QBs available. The Bombers have tried Banks and their other QB so they don't have a choice but to use Quinn. Buck Pierce didn't look too bad last night.
But the QB situation in the CFL right now is terrible. Only 3 QBs in the leaque looking good - Cavillo, Burris (inconsistent but not bad) and Kerry Joseph who is playing well. Maas will break out soon but has not shown too much with Hamilton.

The defensive schemes, I think, are getting better it seems, making it tough on young, inexperienced CFL qb's. It's very tough now to read defenses, not sure why it's tougher now other than they are disguising things more now.

And there's another good point that you brought up earlier.

The quarterback has 20 seconds to essentially:

  • have the play called
  • receive the play from the sidelines
  • call the play in the huddle
  • line up
  • snap the ball

There's not a whole lot of the playclock left over to make a pre-snap read, like there is in American rules. And you can't really use tricks like motion, hard counts, and audibles to make the defense "give away" their scheme, because there's just not enough time. It takes a lot of experience to get used to making the right decision a lot faster.


I beg to differ. Its a huge shift yes in terms of reads, schemes & pace, however... in play before each of the 3 minute warnings, QBs in the CFL actually have 30-40 seconds to do all those things. The difference is that the NFL has a 40 second play clock from the moment the previous play is blown dead. The CFL has a 20 second play clock that begins once the refs have reset the ball.

As an experiment, watch the Eskies game tonight on TSN. When a play from scrimmage outside the 3 minute warning is called dead without a game clock stoppage, note the time between the last play's end and the next play's snap. You'll notice 30 - 38 seconds almost every time...

The 20 second play clock really packs alot of plays under the 3 minute warning where the game clock will not tick without at least the play clock running. Its one of the biggest reasons why the games are almost never over despite some large leads...

Joedavtav's explanation is consistent with a stat I saw once (probably on this board) that said the average number of plays run in a CFL game is very similar to the avg number in an NFL game. The only way to disprove joedavtav's point would be to show that we run significantly more plays here.