To answer the question, I prefer the Cats' situatio at QB. Relying on fortysomething QBs becomes a dice roll after a short while.
With Bishop in AFL limbo, the Argos are left with Crouch (basically untested still at the CFL level) and McMahon.
It is ironic, but the 4-14 Cats of 2006 hold better QB cards coming into camp, I believe. Rocky Butler has ample CFL experience as a backup to challenge Jason Maas should he falter. I like what I have seen of Ritchie Williams and I believe that both he and Timmy Chang are wildcards in the QB mix.
If Jason can rebound from his horrible injury-plagued 2006 campaign and re-emerge as a CFL star under Charlie Taaffe, it may not be too dissimilar to the 1961 rebound of Bernie Faloney after his tough, injury-racked 1960 season.
The Cats have made strides on both sides of the ball with their recent Canadian depth signings, so there is plenty of yound talent to build around. A more focussed balanced attack, utilizing the talents of both Jesse Lumsden and Corey Holmes in the run game and the yet-to-be-tapped talents of one "I'm not Rocky DiPietro II...yet" ( ) Chris Bauman in the passing attack will mean improvement for Ticat fans as the season progresses.
A more balanced approach will help the new receivers we have and give the passing side of the equation an easier time of it as well. To be fair to Marcel, his recent acquisitions compensate well for the Wayne Smith departure in particular in terms of potential (Gagne-Marcoux especially). If the O-line steps it up and gives Maas et al. a more stable protection scheme this year, I like our offensive potential a lot.
Who will step it up to emerge as Flick's heir in the deep game remains to be seen. This being said, I like the Cat puzzle more than the Argos heading into camp.
Eventually they stopped making the "Gumby" TV series. Whether Father Time will catch up with Damon Allen this year is intriguing to ponder because I get the distinct impression Damon IS Father Time.
Gotta love pre-training camp fodder here, eh?
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