I only disagree with casting Evans and Shiltz as starters. I think both of them have had ample opportunity to prove themselves as starting QBs on more than one team. Brown deserves a chance to prove himself a starter (Ottawa?)
I tend to agree with ETM in respect to Evans and Schlitz. Nick A won’t be resigned in Ottawa. Massoli should restructure, maybe Evans as a stopgap to help out Crum.Brown could end up in BC, Ottawa or Hamilton. What about BLM? Where will he be?
Brown won’t end up in BC to be the backup to Adams. There is no reason he would move laterally from Winnipeg. The talk is whether some team will take a chance on him and pay him starter money of say $400,000 to be their #1. We don’t know yet if that will happen but if it does he surely would leave Winnipeg who couldn’t pay anywhere near that for a #2 and BC wouldn’t pay that for a #2 as well I’m sure. Ottawa appears to be Brown’s most likely destination if he leaves. Maybe even Calgary. I would say Saskatchewan for sure but not if they retain Harris for another year which it appears they will likely do.
I usually like Ferguson’s work. This list is a bit odd to me. If you’re going to say that Dom Davis hasn’t proven himself yet and call him a journeyman, and talk about how Dolegala hasn’t been consistent, how do you not apply the same evaluation to Nick Arbuckle, who has failed every time he’s gotten an opportunity? And how on earth do you say Shiltz is a starting QB after the 2023 ESF? At best Shiltz is a 1B injury replacement. He’s over 30 and hasn’t proven he’s more than a one-read QB who can run.
What exactly did Dane Evans do this year to convince anyone that he’s starter material? Not much IMO.
Dru Brown is probably ready to be a starter this year. Probably, not certainly. I think the best option for Dru is to stay in Winnipeg, and formWinnipeg to adopt a two QB system. Half the games to Dru, and half the games to Zach. This relieves the pressure on both. Let’s admit that Zach had a few bad performances in 2023, especially after coming back from the neck injury.
If Dru starts a game weakly, Zach can come in and finish the game.
If Zach starts a game weakly, Dru can come in and finish the game.
Zach only has limited games ahead of him, one to two years left. So keep Dru on the roster as your next 100% staring QB.
Of all those discussed in the article, Brown is the only QB that I would consider to be a QB1. Evans, maybe, but he has had his chance as QB1 and was found lacking. Outside of FA it would be a solid decision for a GM to reach out to Wisconin’s QB, Mordecai. He is not likely going to get a chance in the NFL, but he has the potential to be a protypical CFL Pivot. He has a decent arm, mobile, a real leader, and smart. When he tucks the ball and runs, it is the right decision 90% of the time.
I was disappointed when Schiltz left Montreal, but I am glad his credibility as a starter is being realized.
Am I alone in thinking that Arbuckle still has something to offer? That seems to be the general feeling when I talk to fans here in Ottawa. I’d like to see him as a number two in an Alouettes jersey.
Nope! Bo Levi Mitchell ran his course in Calgary and Dickenson & Huff could see the writing on the wall very clearly they traded to get as much as they could,
Head Coach Orlondo Steinauer must have been rather upset at that trade because he tried to pawn off a broken DE Ja’Gared Davis on Dickenson. Dickenson has been around too long to be swindled that easily and made it a condition the Davis had to pass a medical. Of course he failed it so the deal was cancelled.
Bo Levi Mitchel was in good health when the trade was made. Dickenson didn’t try to swindle Steinauer, and no guarantee that Mitchell would still be an A1 QB. Orlondo should have know there was a reason for the Stamps letting Mitchell go.