Anthony Calvillo has been the Alouette QB for a decade defining himself as one of the truly great QBs in the history in the CFL He has always been a QB who took charge of his own training and conditioning and, demonstrated longevity in a sport that, for most athletes, has a much lesser life. Time, however does catch up to athletes and, it now appears caught up to Calvillo who is now playing at the unheard of age 41. Last season, however, it was evident that AC's age was beginning to show as, he sustained a shoulder injury and, played with pain and, did not play as par to his previous seasons. This evening Calvillo suffered a head injury, only making worse his QB effectiveness. He left the game and was replaced by Neiswander who, as second string QB who had not a single game experience in his three year tenure with the team.
The Alouette management gave no real thought that Calvillo would eventually need to be replaced and, the team failed to develop a younger player who would take over from Calvillo when his effectiveness declined. The Als had a history of having second string QBs who were of little value, that is, until Adrian McPherson arrived on the scene. McPherson, in his early years, demonstrated his worth when, given the opportunity he showed competence in both the running and passing game. Unfortunately, for Adrian,after a time,he was given no playing time and, no reps in actual practice and, I believe, this career stalled without playing experience. He, unwisely signed a two year contract, was again given no game time and left the team a year ago to play for the Tampa Bay football club in the Arena league where his performance earned him several best player award.
Watching today's game with Naiswander at QB, it was evident that he is not ready for starting QB despite the fact that this was indeed, his third season ( no game time ) it was evident that his play was less than the excepted CFL standard and, the team is presently without a QB of expected value and experience. What to do ? I believe that Adrian McPherson is the best QB available to take over not that AC play is most is in decline. He knows the Als system, the team members ,and this last season has proven his value by his play in the Arena Football League. I recall the brilliance of McPherson's early years which was again proven in the AFL. In addition,its time to get Troy Smith into game experience.