He has been (that particular word combo may come back later) "in every type of offense, from the very basic to the complex run and shoot" BECAUSE HE'S BOUNCED AROUND EVERY TYPE OF FOOTBALL EXCEPT NOT BEING ABLE TO DISLODGE MARTY YORK AS A FLAG FOOTBALL QB AT THE REC LEVEL.
Let's review a bit and I mean a bit:
- Finished second to Ricky Williams in Heisman voting in 1998. Drafted by the Patriots in 1999. Released in 2001. Three completions in nine attempts over two years. Bill Belichick was FLOORED by his capacity to stand by the sideline and process the game as a young QB, learning at the feet of the master, Drew Bledsoe. << You can cut-and-paste that if you'd like, I love a fairy tale like most people.
Reality: Belichick moved Tom Brady up the depth chart because Tom put the time in behind Bledsoe to learn about NFL defences, key recognition, etc. Bishop? Not so much.
Cue Globetrotters music:
1999-2000 New England Patriots
2001 Frankfurt Galaxy
2004-2005 Grand Rapids Rampage
2006 Chicago Rush
2007 Kansas City Brigade
2007 Grand Rapids Rampage
2002-2008 Toronto Argonauts
2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders
2009 Corpus Christi Hammerheads
I could regale you with his UNBELIEVABLE stardom playing arena football, but the Globetrotter music in my head is ringing. Corpus Christi Hammerheads have a FIND, I must say.
Henry Burris is an elite quarterback in the CFL because he worked his tail off at his craft and has done much to address his Achilles heel: ball security. Fumblelitis it's called in other parts. His TD-INT ratio in the CFL is 177-106 between 1998 and 2008 during the regular season if you would like to compare with Bish.
It's good to compare the two because Hank has bounced around, even coming back from a serious knee injury and is, where he is, Grey Cup ring in tow. His career started in 1998, so it's roughly the same duration. He's also been in the NFL and NFL Europe, like Bishop.
Why is he where he is in his career and Bishop is in Corpus Christi?
Burris makes better decisions, can read defences better, and is more accurate (particularly when on the run) than Bishop. That's just my layman assessment and I think it's backed up by most CFL talent evaluators and a mountain of tape.
He is a fighter. Feel free to read what John Hufnagel has had to say about his quarterback and his work ethic.
He studies hard in the film room. I could end my post there, but I'll type a bit more. LOL
Burris has his moments. In the main though, his bad decisions are spur or the moment and reactive as they are for any successful QB with staying power.
Bishop? What I stated in my earlier post. Ultimately, when one has played a decade of professional football, you are what you are. Bishop is a lock-on-the-receiver forcer of the ball into tight coverage. The question is not if you will be burned with him, it's when. This works in the Arena Leagues, it's why Billy Dicken has had a career on carpeted ice level. Outdoor football, well, unless one brings something to the table other than a laser arm, you wind up as Jimmy Jones, as Jeff George, as Ryan Leaf to name a very few.
Can Bishop turn it around? Opportunity can knock because he's won enough Players of Week for Weeks 6-11 in CFL seasons, I suppose. However, you have to bring more to the table to be a McManus, an Allen, a Burris, a Dickenson. You cannot be a double agent in big games through reckless disregard for the stakes and consistently forcing the ball when it simply ain't there against prepped defences.
Oski Wee Wee,