If there was a People's Choice Award for the job of starting quarterback of the B.C. Lions, it would belong hands-down to Casey
The younger of the club's former CFL most outstanding player award winners landed an overwhelming majority of votes in an online poll conducted during the Christmas holidays by The Province.
Over 71 percent of respondents picked Printers over Dave Dickenson when asked who should be the Lions' quarterback for the upcoming season.
The 24-year-old is currently in a position to decide his own fate.
Printers has worked out for six NFL teams and reportedly will decide this week whether to leave the Lions or accept their three-year contract offer, made last month before coach Wally Buono left on vacation.
Readers were polled on a variety of topics online in the wake of a 1-6 skid to end last season and close to 500 responded to the survey.
If Printers returns and Buono has the luxury of trading one of his quarterbacks, upgrading the offensive line was the top priority of respondents.
A majority of readers still feel Buono can get the job done in his current combined role as coach and general manager. They are almost evenly split in the belief that changes to the offensive structure would be just as beneficial as a new offensive co-ordinator to replace Jacques Chapdelaine, who came under fire late last season.
But nearly one-half of those polled haven't forgotten what took place after the team's 11-0 start last year and suggested that the Lions do not presently have the right roster mix to win the Grey Cup this season
Here is a selection of letters received:
This long-running saga has struck a nerve. Casey Printers was poorly treated from the minute Wally Buono decided to start Dave Dickenson in the 2004 Grey Cup. What a slap in the face to Printers. They almost accused him of faking his shoulder injury. Wally totally mishandled the quarterback situation last year. There is no doubt that many new season ticket holders came about because of the season Casey had in 2004. Casey is charismatic, full of energy on the field and he always pumps up the crowd and the team.
Before I fork out for two more Premium tickets for 2006 I really want to see the direction this club is going. The holes are numerous. Offensive line is too old in the tooth, the long-term reliability and durability of the quarterback position has to be questioned, defensive backs and corner positions have to be upgraded along with a change in the offensive co-ordinator.
The Lions could benefit most by trading a quarterback for offensive linemen, and find a good kicker that can do all three jobs.
David J. Standcumbe
Dave [Dickenson] has not lived up to his billing with the Lions. His best years are behind him. Casey is just reaching his prime. A choice between the two is a no-brainer. Wally Buono makes some very questionable calls with personnel.
Casey Printers has taken a bad rap from the media. Dickenson has a great QB rating during the regular season but come playoff time defences know he won't throw deep and they stack the line of scrimmage and rush him. Trade Dave for a Joe Montford-type lineman
I have been a very loyal fan, but after the last two devastating endings to their seasons, I will not be rebuying seasons tickets. The team has obviously got some serious internal problems, which have plainly over-rode the great talent they have on the field. Coach Buono, having a great history and record, which is very respected, should take a good look at his methods. M. Hartz
One quick analogy in regards to the quarterback controversy. Would you take exciting Michael Vick, or would you take a winner named Tom Brady?
Who should be the Lions' starting quarterback in 2006?
Casey Printers -- 71.22%
Dave Dickenson -- 27.12%
Where can the Lions benefit the most from trading one of their QBs?
Offensive line -- 56.31%
Kicking game -- 29.19%
Middle linebacker -- 8.28%
Game-breaking receiver -- 4.76%
Should Wally Buono retain both jobs as coach and GM?
Yes, he can still get the job done -- 54.66%
Coach only -- 28.36%
GM only -- 14.91%
How does owner David Braley spend his Grey Cup profits?
Sign pending free agent Jason Tucker -- 48.86%
Find new practice facility -- 26.09%
Shorten concession lines at B.C. Place Stadium -- 12.84%
Improve sound system at BC Place -- 9.52%
How do you fix the offence?
Find a new offensive co-ordinator -- 50.52%
Open up passing attack -- 46.17%
Does Carl Kidd deserve to return?
Yes, he's a locker-room catalyst -- 67.08%
No, best days are behind him -- 30.43%
Can the current roster win the 2006 Grey Cup?
Yes, last season was an aberration -- 52.38%
No, it was the tip of the iceberg -- 45.76%