Does anyone really believe Toronto would have a better record if Ricky Ray were playing?
Does anyone really think that Crompton is better than Cato?
Does anyone think the Bombers would have a significantly better record if Willy had not been injured?
The Riders prepared for the injury to Durant by signing the winnning QB in the league, only to have him go down shortly afterwards. Yet in spite of this aberration, they are outscoring Calgary, B.C., Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal.
"Backup" QBs (actually, "second-string" QBs) are not the problem. Scoring is actually up after seven weeks (24.6 points per team per game, compared with 23.3 last season.) Average point spread has dropped from 14.3 points after seven weeks last year to 9.9 points this year, meaning on average the games have been a lot closer. 16 games have been decided by a touchdown or less, while only 8 have been decided by two or more touchdowns.
If anything, the quality of games has improved this year. Some teams are in trouble, QB-wise. Saskatchewan is still looking for a solution, and the Bombers don't appear to have anyone who can step in and replace Willy. Is this a new phenomenon? No. Every year teams scramble to find someone to replace their #1 guy. The difference is, this year, teams are finding them.
Reilly will be back for Edmonton soon to take over the top team in the West. And for those who still think Ricky Ray is something special, he'll be back too and move the top-rated QB in the league to the sideline. Lulay, Mitchell, Collaros and Burris are still rolling along. And Montreal probably has their #1 QB playing for them right now. Just because things aren't going well on the prairies doesn't mean the quality of play across the league is suffering.