The poll was interesting enough Tiger, but I’m sure we all know that any contraversey with the quarterbacks is driven primarily by the media and the fans.Here is my take:
Jason Maas has earned the right to enter camp as the #1 based on his performance during the regular season. Include with that his patience and perseverence while Ricky Ray was the #1 for a couple years. That said Eskimo fans demand playoff wins and until Maas proves that he can get through the playoffs and win the big one, his play and status as #1 will continue to be questioned.
Khari Jones was a #1 in Winnepeg with no real competition to speak of. He put up good numbers on a power packed offense and has won a league mvp. That alone gives him the undisputed #2 spot coming into camp and although Maciocia is saying that all jobs are up for grabs don’t be fooled. The #1 is Maas’s to lose and unless he plays himself out of there or is still nursing the shoulder come the start of the season that is the way it will be coming out of camp. I don’t believe that Khari Jones is the answer should Maas struggle, but he will get a chance to show what he can or can’t do.
Jason Johnson gets bumped to the #3 spot simply because he kept his mouth shut about what he should or shouldn’t get for playing time. He is happy to carry the clipboard right now and bide his time. I am interested to see what he shows this year in the 15 minutes of playing time that he will get.
Bart Hendricks comes in as the #4 now. He struggled when he had his chances and does not read defences that well. Combine that with the fact that he did not want to come back, but nobody else wanted him when he tested the free agent market here in Canada. I would not be surprised at all if the Esks release him at the end of camp, but I would expect he will get a short look see in pre season.
The Eskimos will begin the search anew for another guy to come in to replace Johnson or Jones as neither of them can unseat Maas when he is on his game.