Macpherson's first real game action

Well.

10/11 for 110 yards, 2 TDs, and 0 INTs.

Who saw that coming? :lol: :lol: :lol:

The Calvillo charleyhorse was a blessing in disguise for us today. Adrian, of course, is still very raw, and isn't going to perform as effectively as he did this afternoon, but man alive, it's reassuring to know that he can move the chains, protect the football, and manage the game even when our defense is having a decided off-day.

Boy, can he ever sling those deep balls! Accurate, too.

What was really nice, was that he was able to march the team downfield for the clinching TD when we were under pressure. This is an area where AC has trouble (although admittedly he's been good under pressure this year.)

I don't mean to put AC down. I'm trying to say that the future with MacPherson looks bright when AC decides to step down.

I went to a few practices this summer and I was impressed with his arm....

Man, he just flicks his wrist and the ball sails down the field. His arms are freakin' huge. :lol: :lol:

It was all kinds of weird seeing a QB not named Calvillo running our offense in non-garbage time, and even weirder, HAVING SUCCESS running the offense! Apart from Brady's one good game in 07 -- and he was a vet -- I can't actually remember the last time this happened.

He could have put up more points if Wilson hadn't taken that procedure penalty on third and inches.

The only time I felt Adrian made a mistake was when he got sacked after hanging onto the ball too long. Other than that, wow. If you didn't know he was a backup QB who hadn't played more than third-down gambles and garbage time all year, you wouldn't have guessed from his performance today. :thup: :thup:

To be fair to Calvillo, he's rarely been forced to orchestrate a last-minute game-winning TD this season, and when the situation has arisen -- game 2 against Sask, game 2 against B.C., hell, game 1 against B.C. if not for the refs -- he's been up to the challenge. :slight_smile:

I'm trying to say that the future with MacPherson looks bright when AC decides to step down.
No argument here. :thup: :thup:

Very true. As a matter of fact, he looked better than many other team's # 1 QB.

This is why we have to make sure we don't lose him to free agency. There will come a time in the next 12 to 18 months where the Als will have to decide if they turn the ball over to him or lose him to FA.

Bottom line...I think the age old burning question as to whether or not Montreal has a viable #2 pivot has been answered.

I absolutely agree.

GC 2000 to cahoon 80 yard reception, 2 pont convert fails because of missed PI on Haskins, AC can make the winning drive.

Speaking of Thomas Haskins (Anyone know how he is doing ?). Is it just me or does Andrew Hawkins remind anybody of Haskins ?
He's really added a new dimension to the Als Special Teams and offensive Unit. :thup:

I've been wanting to start a discussion about opinions on the possibilities he brings. Richard? Disciple :slight_smile: ?

Agreed- it was good to see Mcpherson in action. I hope he will get more playing time in remaining games. We need to see this guy more before handing him a starting QB role. Next season I would hope that Calvillo returns and McPherson is recognized as the hier to him which, would mean some playing time. This is how Calvillo won the QB job. With the Als QB at the time, Tracy Ham was number one but Calvillo played more and more and was found to be more effective than Ham. Ham retired the next season.

I was impressed with Andrew Hawkins" play against Hamilton. He certainlly can return kicks but, what impressed me the most was his ability as a receiver. Trestman has experimented this season attempting to bring Larry Taylor's speed into the backfield. The problem that showed was that Taylor showed an affinity to drop passes sent his way. If my memory serves me right I think Taylor made 3 yards on one end around play. Hawkins might give Taylor a run for the duel position or kick return/receiving position if he shows more ability in returning kicks.Kerry Watkins demonstrated, in the past two seasons, that he played well on the end around play- he was productive and much better at the task than Larry Walker.

Hawkins is impressing the hell out of me. Not just the speed but the intensity: he plays every down like it's his last in pro football. I'd say both Watkins and Larry Taylor should be looking over their shoulders if Hawkins keeps playing like this.

Is it just me, or is Hawkins freakishly fast? Man that guy can fly!

He's quick... great acceleration and like Hassal says Disciple ( I know... I changed it LOL!) says he is very intense and I would add he has exceptional balance.

Unfurtunately the writing is on the wall for Kerry. I think the world of him but Jim has not offered him a contract extension, yes he seems to drop one or two "easy" ones every couple of games but he's got a good atitude, he's durable and still one of the top receivers in the league five years running. I think Jim should forgive and forget and offer him a contract but that's just me.

I don't think Taylor has anything to worry about. If you want Hawkins to be effective he can't be returning every kick.

So I'm a disciple ... of what, though? :smiley: :smiley:

Yet another thing McPherson did to impress: he protected the ball and didn't try to force passes into double coverage. Very poised for a young QB. I can see why Dunigan had been raving about Adrian in training camp. Apprenticing behind a future Hall of Famer certainly can't hurt either. :slight_smile:

I read in the sports section of the Globe this morning I read that Trestman does not believe McPherson is good enough to be a starting QB in the CFL. He is, however, our only hope should Calvillo get injured this eason. I would like to have both Leak and McPherson see some action in the remaining games.

Hassall ! That is not what Coach said.

On Friday, Trestman said he had no immediate plans to play McPherson despite the Als having clinched first place in the East Division. [b]Indeed, Trestman said McPherson's not ready to be the starter[/b]. This was no disrespect. Trestman's correct. It takes years for a quarterback to develop, and there are plenty of growing pains to overcome.

"I thought I showed enough," McPherson said. "I feel I'm ready."


He said he's not ready YET... Big difference. Problem he can't get better wihtout playing, so Trestman will have to find a way to keep him interested and keep the long term health of the team in mind. By Adrian's comments the guy knows that as well.

Coach Trestman is taking the easy way out IMO but he's paid to win and it is easyer to work a 15 year vet. Frankly it is the only disapointment I've had in the guy the two years he has been here. Now the Als play a B2B against a very violent defense (They've taken out BC's qb last week) if Calvillo's season get's ended in absolutley meaningless games. Trestman will have destroyed the Als season with his stubborness.

I couldn't get over the size of his arms! He's a TANK ha haha! Looked goo d out there burnin
our brutal DB's!:stuck_out_tongue:

He's got close to Bishop's arm strenght and Dickinson type accuracy and he scoots around like Warren Moon, just taller :slight_smile: Not a bad combination. If the Als lose him because of the stubborness of management I'd have a real hard time staying a fan.