I'm not convinced yet that Mike Kelly was wrong in his evaluation that Stefan Lefors could be the QB of the future for the Blue Bombers. He's got leadership, he's got intensity, he can improv on broken plays with his legs, he's not afraid to get hit, these are all things you can't coach a QB. However I'm starting to think Mike Kelly jumped the gun a bit on Lefors in placing him at the #1 spot right away. I DO NOT think that Kevin Glenn was/is the answer (you Hamilton folks will find that out soon enough, the honeymoon with Glenn is great, but when it ends....yikes). I think Kelly's problem was that there weren't too many experience guys who could play the #1 role lying around the league. Casey Printers is a cancer and not the type of guy you want, if he was why wouldn't Ti-Cats fans be screaming for him to come back? Jackson and Pierce aren't really top level, besides Wally needs BOTH of them to win a single game. In hind sight, maybe Michael Bishop is a guy who should have been brought into TC, but other than that there weren't too many options out there.
I think Stefan Lefors can still be a QB in this league, and a good one too, but he needs time to develop...AWAY from the schizophrenic mob with torces and pitch forks. Let him get a full handle on the offensive scheme, let him get familiar with the receivers we have, let him get comfortable with everything first and then maybe put him in. Some rookie guys can get plugged in right away and just go, some guys need some time at the #2 or #3 spot to develop a bit.
I also think Mike Kelly thought that Lefors' toughness could prepare him for dealing with the pressure of being a Quarterback in Winnipeg. We seem to demand a higher standard from our QB's than most other teams. After seeing this now, I fully believe that NO rookie, no matter HOW good can handle the pressure of being the starting quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. I mean sure Lefors' numbers have not been good at all, but people were calling for his head after ONE GAME, it's not like everyone was being patient until now and then started getting angry. Most of the Lefors haters have been after since half time in Edmonton in Week 1 and it's been non-stop since then. If you can't give a rookie QB a LITTLE bit of slack (IE: more than one game in bad weather conditions). I think that fan pressure is what has caused him to essentially go backwards. In Week 1 he DID his job essentially, in the 4th quarter. He drove the Bombers offense down field and into a position to tie the game with seconds left, thanks to Labbe we blew that opprotunity with a penalty giving Serna a longer kick to make, which as we all know he missed just wide.
To be successful as a QB in Winnipeg you have to have supreme confidence in yourelf because every incompletion and interception is dissected and re-hashed all week long and added to a list to prove why you're a horrible QB. Being deaf could help too. And you almost have to have a "F You!" attitude towards all the fans who want you run out of town....not that you go Sammy Garza on them and give them the finger...cause that's just not a good situation, but that you just tell yourself that you could care less what fans think and you just go out there and play your game.
Here's hoping Lefors gets another chance sometime down the road, maybe next year, because I'd rather have Lefors prove all the nay sayers wrong here in Winnipeg, than on some other team (IE: Kamau Peterson).