QB White angry after being released by Als
HERB ZURKOWSKY, The Gazette
Published: Saturday, February 11, 2006
Alouettes football fans who have complained for three seasons about backup quarterback Ted White are getting their wish.
White won’t be returning to Montreal in 2006. He learned the news yesterday, in a 15-minute telephone conversation with general manager Jim Popp. The team’s decision hardly comes as a surprise, but what has White upset was the lengthy delay - more than two months after the Grey Cup and less than a week before White is eligible to become a free agent.
“If I knew this coming out of the season, I would have prepared myself,” White said from New Orleans. "They gave me the impression they wanted me back. This puts me in a bind.
“I thought they should have treated me better, or at least communicated better. They could have talked about this earlier, so I could have situated myself with a different team.”
With Anthony Calvillo enjoying success, White played sparingly with the Als. When called upon, White was less than inspiring.
He’ll be best remembered for the second half of the 2004 East Division final, against Toronto. Replacing the injured Calvillo, White threw three interceptions and the Als lost at Olympic Stadium. Last season, White was tapped for the regular-season
finale at Hamilton. He completed only 14 of 36 passes for 163 yards, and was intercepted three times. Montreal failed to score a touchdown and lost 15-9.
On the season, White completed 22 of 50 passes for 229 yards and one TD. He was intercepted four times. Over three seasons, he completed 44 of 88 passes for 512 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted seven times in regular-season play.
“I never got a good chance as a backup. I never got enough reps in practice,” he said. “When the score got out of hand, they could have turned to me instead of letting players pad their stats. That proves they’re a team of individuals.”
White’s departure leaves Ell Roberson, Scott McBrien and Ryan Dinwiddie as candidates to back up Calvillo. None of the three has played a CFL game.
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound White, who has NFL and NFL Europe experience, is optimistic he’ll be signed by another CFL team. He plans to talk to Winnipeg, where former Als offensive co-ordinator Doug Berry now is the head coach, and B.C., which lost Casey Printers to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Â© The Gazette (Montreal) 2006