We're at that sad point in the year where there is no more football until June (well May this year)... not even NFL football. So I guess we will talk everyone's favourite topic around these parts: QBs. By the way if you are wondering if I am on crack regarding the no football thing, I'm a vikings fan so I've successfully repressed everything that happened since the Minnesota Miracle. As near as I recall the NFL season ended on January 14th and not a single game was played thereafter. I cheer for a lot of teams that require repressing memories. It's one of the many reasons me and JP Wisers get along so well.
Onto the QBs...
Between Collaros' contract, Bridge's tweet, Durant signing in Winnipeg and Glenn's tweet, QBs were a hot topic this past week. I could some up my analysis of it all with: so what, who cares, that was widely expected and who cares again but I guess since you went through all the effort of clicking on this post, I could put a bit more effort into typing it. Effort is against my policy and lifelong plan of a helper monkey stenographer but what the heck, for you... I'll give it a whirl.
I really don't get why some people have a problem with the Collaros contract (aside from Bridge but more on him later). Yes, we are paying him like a top QB and that is for the simple reason that he IS a top QB. I'll admit I'm highly biased here as I am all in on the Collaros bandwagon but here are the facts once again on him:
- career TD/INT ratio of 83/38
- led a team to a Grey Cup appearance
- had an MOP calibre season
- under the age of 30
For a franchise with such a terrible track record overall when it comes to QBs (at least in the last 20+ years) we should be thanking our lucky stars we have him. And guess what, there are no top tier QBs out there willing to work for a major discount.
Is there risk with Collaros? You bet. He's had a rough 1+ seasons but its not like he suddenly forgot how to play. And its not like he relies on his legs and is at risk of losing the best part of his game. Chris Jones' job is to find guys who give us the best odds of winning. And objectively ask yourself, who gives the Riders the best chance of winning in 2018? If you are saying Bridge you are not being objective and are being swayed by the fairytale desire to see him succeed.
Look I have nothing against Bridge (minus everything up until this year when I thought he was overrated, but again I repress a lot). But he has not yet cemented himself as a top tier QB. Could he? Maybe. But if you have an unscratched lotto ticket and someone offers you $2000 grand for it do you keep the ticket on the off chance it wins you $250,000? Or do you take the sure thing?
So boo hoo to everyone lamenting that there is now no competition for #1. Collaros was our #1 was the second we acquired him. Bridge could still beat him out in camp but that's highly unlikely. Not because we have a hate on for Bridge but because we just got ourselves a new stud QB. If Bridge gets called on this season then I have faith in him but he only gets called on if Collaros gets hurt or falters mightily. I'm OK with that scenario and so should everyone else.
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CFL Ins and Outs
In: DB TJ Lee, OL Antonio Johnson, WR Shaquille Johnson (contract extension), QB Jonathan Jennings (contract restructured), RB Brandon Rutley (trade with Montreal)
In: WR Derel Walker, K Hugh O’Neil (contract extension), Kevin Glenn (free agent)
In: CB Chris Randle (contract extension), QB Darian Durant, QB Josh Straughan, QB Philip Nelson, DL Sam Montgomery, DL Chris Casher, DB Zavian Bingman, WR Gerry Brown, RB Zach Bauman (free agent signing)
In: RB William Powell, RB Mossis Madu (contract extension), RB Ed Ilnicki (2017 draft pick signing), DB JR Nelson (free agent signing)
Out: LB Ron Omara (released)
In: WR Armanti Edwards (contract extension), DB Caleb Ham, RB Ben Malena, WR Jonathan Epps, WR Cole Watson, DL Jeff Luc, DL Sadat Sulley (free agent signing)
In: DB Chris Ackie, DB Michael Carter (contract extension)
Out: QB Darian Durant, WR Sam Guiguere (released), RB Brandon Rutley (trade with BC)