This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.cfl.ca/2023/07/11/redblacks-add-qbs-tyrrell-pigrome-and-jake-dunniway
If Pigrome plays, he may have difficulty throwing over Willie Jefferson.
CFL deep thinkers are deathly afraid of a Canadian trained QB on their rosters. Especially in a situation like in Ottawa now (or Edmonton) - with injuries or poor play and the QB picture in disorder - then you would get local media or local yokel fans howling for the Canadian QB to get a shot. Easy way around that - don’t have them on the roster (or like Jones - who never would have looked at Tre Ford if he didn’t run a 4.4 forty - demote the guy to 4th string).
It’s possible O’Connor has given up his football career to become a firefighter.
It is an appropriate time to give O’Connor a crack at playing QB . He does have potential and does know the game. Also, He has not retired.
Pigrome and Dunniway have potential too and looked good in pre-season.
This idea that we have to give a break to a guy because he’s Canadian? that’s not right
Why Michael O’Connor continues to not get a chance is simply unbelievable. I am wondering if in fact he has given up on football.
We do need to give a Canadian (QB especially) a chance instead of thinking that every American QB is automatically better
Most likely; but it depends on what Pigrome learned about Willie J. in preseason AND what Willie might have learned about him.
I agree that Michael O’Connor should have been signed instead of Pigrome and Dunniway. He has experience playing the Canadian game and he has plenty of potential. I do not think that American QB’s are always better.
I made the comment as most taller qb’s have not learned to deal with Willie’s long reach. If 5 10 height is correct he will blend in better with the 5 7 back that a certain TiCat made fun of in the last game
Glen Suitor said on Tuesday that Michael O’Connor has moved on from football. Not sure if Suitor was speaking with authority or just assuming that is the case.
Why do we need to give a Canadian QB a chance? didn’t teams give him a chance over 3 seasons?
The Ottawa coaches don’t think that he’s as good as the two QBs that they have signed.
The coaches see these QBs everyday in practice. The Lions coach is a Canadian who chose a Canadian QB as their starter last year and he released O’Connor, and no other teams picked him up.
As sad as that is for me, that would make sense as I would have thought someone would have tried to sign him by now. A great talent who just didn’t get the opportunity.
I do hope that it is untrue. Michael O’Connor has a ton of talent and never really got the best opportunity.
O’Connor was not released by the Lions. His contract was for only one year and he became a free agent.
Both B.C. and Calgary did not give him a chance. If he had no talent I could see it, but this guy was the most outstanding player in the Canadian University League from 2015 to 2018. Go to you tube and see his highlights.
But he is still not as good as the current backups. As was said above, the coaches see the QBs every day in practice and see them play in pre-season.
If O’Connor was better than the backups, they would’ve signed him to a new contract.
I predict that Tyrrell Pigrome (aka, Filet Pigrome) will quickly become a fan favorite in Ottawa. He’s better than most of you think.
Before long we’ll be hearing pig chants or loud oinking sounds during Red Blacks games.
I hope so, could be another Flutie but likely won’t start for awhile