I'm anticipating a lot of fans jumping off the Printers bandwagon and talking about trading him. I'm not ready to dump Printers and still believe in him. More importantly Wally believed in him enough to offer Printers a three year contract before training camp and Wally is a smart man. If he thought opposition teams could defence Printers because teams had figured out his tendancies he wouldn't have offered him the contract.
It took a long time for Dave Dickenson to come back from his knee injury....more than a full season. Last year Dickenson played mostly 'mop' up time prior to the Grey Cup. He also had his early seasons struggles with the benefit of his best off-season training regimen, a full training camp, and loads of first team reps.
Printers isn't recovered from his shoulder cuff injury and has been put in games when he probably shouldn't have played. Casey's desire to play and the Leos desire to put in a back up quarterback when Dickenson couldn't play due to injury resulted in a situation where Casey did not play to his standard. The lack of off-season, training camp, exhibition season, and not enough practice reps shows alongside his injury. He's losing his confidence and getting worse. The offensive is also not presently designed to take advantage of his strengths of rolling out and throwing on the run.
The position of quarterback is the most complex position to play in any team sport. To be successful at this position the player needs to be healthy and have everything going right....because everything is split second timing and decison making and repetition is a big thing at this position.
Printers trade value at present is declining and now wouldn't be the time to trade him if the Leos ever decided to. Wally is going to keep all four quarterbacks for this season and would be smart to. We need to be patient with Printers who only has less than one full season of playing time....as we were patient with Dickenson coming back from his serious knee injury. Developing quarterbacks takes patience. Right now...we have the luxury...based upon Pierces play and our record to be more patient....and wait for Dickenson and Printers to become fully healed before returning. Having all our quarterbacks healthy for the playoffs should be our main priority.