I know he is a former Heisman trophy winner, but please, please, D, do not make him look like a future hall of famer. Previous Ticat D's had that penchant for backups thrust into competition. If you can stifle him, I would finally be able to put the demons of D's past to bed.
It's very rare that you have a young QB suddenly become an awesome force in the CFL. I mean apart from maybe Travis Lulay, I can't remember the last time the next great young QB that didn't suffer a sophomore slump or sputtered off and on during the start of their career.
Either way, it doesn't matter who they start. What matters is how we deal with Smith and the rest of the Als.
Really it does not matter how he plays this week but how he can play in November if he makes it to that point. Als are in evaluation mode now. Sure they would take a home playoff game but they know that's not realistic. Really salvaging the season for Montreal now rests of what they manage to accomplish in the post season.
Without enough game film to fill their prep time, I'd suggest that Orlondo sit his troops down for 4 minutes, every day, with the youtube highlight reel provided here by gerbear9. It makes it very clear that they'll be up against an extremely elusive, speedy, and accurate long-ball throwing QB, who'll have a lot more space, in which to escape pursuit, than he had back then.
[quote="-Hammer-"]It’s very rare that you have a young QB suddenly become an awesome force in the CFL. I mean apart from maybe Travis Lulay, I can’t remember the last time the next great young QB that didn’t suffer a sophomore slump or sputtered off and on during the start of their career.
8) Chuck Ealey would be the exception to that statement.
Ealey comes to Hamilton in 1972, and plays sensational in his rookie season, leading the Cats to a Grey Cup victory !!
Ealey had a great career at Toledo, and he sure lived up to his press clippings with Hamilton. (his rookie season, anyway) <!-- s:wink: -->:wink:<!-- s:wink: -->
I figure the owner may have had a say in the decision.
Als need to win sunday to secure a home playoff game and help fill his coffers. Cats already know Neiswander and he's becoming a bit too predictable. Also might help sell a few more tix for sunday just to watch him play.
Fans were asking why Smith didn't stay longer against Winnipeg so it seems like it's worth a shot. The question will be how long of a leash Jim will have on him.
It seems a little premature to start evaluating a player in such a key position at a point in the season where the games still mean very much. Montreal could actually still catch Hamilton so why tinker with their continuity until their final position in the standings is locked. It's almost as if Popp has abandoned this season.