Two-quarterback systems rarely work.
That’s because QBs not only have the CFL’s biggest paycheques on any team, they also own the largest egos. It’s that precarious balance Hamilton head coach Marcel Bellefeuille is trying to strike with Kevin Glenn and Quinton Porter, and so far it appears to be working.
The passing tandem combined for 232 yards in last week’s win over B.C. with one touchdown and no picks while posting 42 points against the Lions.
If they can make it work, the Tabbies twosome presents an added threat for opposing defences because they play opposite styles, an advantage when opponents game plan to defend.
The added bonus for Bellefeuille is that he can leave the hot hand in the game without upsetting the backup, as both Glenn and Porter have seemingly bought into the sometimes awkward arrangement.
Lions limping at worst time: The B.C. Lions had a healthy shot at top spot in the CFL West until a recent rash of injuries that have threatened to sideline their amazing first-place run. The CFL’s relatively small rosters leave teams vulnerable to a rash of injuries as the Lions are now realizing.
Not only has the Lions’ eight-game winning streak come to a crashing halt, the team has incurred no less than 11 injuries in the past two weeks, possibly crippling its chances of claiming a bye to the West final. General manager Wally Buono is so desperate to replenish his roster he signed retired Canadian receiver Ryan Thelwell to fill a hole.
The most painful blow is an upper back muscle injury to tailback Andrew Harris, who is sidelined indefinitely. Even QB Travis Lulay is hobbled by an ankle injury on the eve of their biggest game of the season Saturday against the visiting Edmonton Eskimos.
Burris quietly bides his time: Calgary’s Henry Burris is certainly taking the high road thus far after being demoted to backup QB behind Drew Tate.
Burris, the reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player, who reportedly earns around $350,000 per season, could have reason to moan about his plight this season after being benched despite leading the Stamps to a playoff berth for the seventh straight season. That said, his play this year has been erratic at best and just one Grey Cup title since his arrival in 2005 is disappointing for a team that has been among the league’s regular season elite during that time.
If Tate continues his strong play and assumes the No. 1 role permanently, Burris is destined to be moved — perhaps to Toronto where they would gladly make room for his marquee fan appeal and top-notch salary.
But we should be careful to not write off Burris. The Stamps travel to Montreal this week for one of their toughest tests of the season, a game that could reduce everyone’s assessment of Tate after an easy first start last week against Saskatchewan.