Tuesday Morning QB (CFL Week 6)

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The quarterback stories continue in the CFL and it is appropriate with the CFL being a league that relies so much on the position.

It is an essential part of any team and every team is always looking for someone to guide them for years to come.

Finding a great quarterback is easier said than done as there has only been a few in recent years and even the ones that will go down as the best are beginning to falter.

The rise of the young quarterback has already been seen in the last few years and they continue to take over as the weeks move on this year.

For many teams finding that young quarterback can be the difference they need to be great.

The problem is finding that young quarterback and developing them into a great CFL player.

For Americans coming up it is a tough thing to adjust to the new game and figure out the nuances of playing with a shorter play clock and with a bigger field.

For Canadians, it is usually waiting it out to see if they have the ability to start games and truly make a difference.

With Canadian QBs the patience is generally thinner and many find themselves on the other side of the passing game.

Teams are constantly trying to find their next QB even if they have an established one already on the team.

There is no guarantee that a veteran QB can or will stay on the field so teams are on the lookout for younger QBs that they can teach and eventually that can take over.

Teams are trying to find someone from the states or drafting a Canadian in order to find that future quarterback.

Finding the talent is only half of the battle though as the other half is having the ability to develop quarterbacks that have the talent.

Without a coaching staff that can develop a young unpolished QB into a starter it is just wasted talent.

Teams will never get that quarterback to truly play a major role and this is where many teams in the CFL fall short.

There is one team and one coaching staff that does this exact thing better than anyone else and that is in Toronto.

In 2012 the man who coached Anthony Calvillo was hired by a struggling Toronto Argonauts team that was still trying to find a replacement for Damon Allen.

Along with Milanovich came Ricky Ray in one of the biggest trades in recent memory with the Edmonton Eskimos.

The two paired to bring the Argos back to the top of the east and eventually to the Grey Cup as the importance of a QB rang true again.football-sidebar

Already Milanovich has established a legacy in Toronto but it is less about the Argonauts and more about the rest of the team.

As of Week 6, the CFL has a total of four starting quarterbacks who have been under the tutelage of Milanovich and his coaching staff.

That including Logan Kilgore who started this week in place of an injured Ray in Toronto’s win over Ottawa.

On the team that Toronto beat the debate rages on about whether or not Henry Burris should sit behind Toronto product, Trevor Harris.

Just down the road, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are eagerly awaiting the return of another former Toronto back-up, Zach Collaros.

Out west, the Saskatchewan Roughriders traded for Mitchell Gale this year and are looking to him with Darian Durant injured.

The Toronto QB factory is alive and well as many teams are beginning to pick their own young quarterbacks from the double blue.

So far Harris and Collaros have turned out to be great starters, although Harris still needs to win his spot in Ottawa, while Gale and Kilgore both look to take their opportunities as a tryout for future opportunities with their current teams or with future teams.

The Argonauts have figured something out with their development of quarterbacks but the biggest question might be when the Argonauts get to reap the rewards.

With Ray hurt once again time seems to be ticking on his career and with Harris and Collaros both gone they can only hope that Kilgore can develop with his time as a starter.

Fourth Down:
(More news this week in the CFL)

Heading to Ottawa
Next year Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary in a year-long celebration of the country and near the end of that celebration will be a truly Canadian day as the 105th Grey Cup will take place at TD Place in Ottawa as one of the last major celebrations on the year

Return of Denmark
It was a bit of a shocker to see Clarence Denmark’s name on the cut list this year after spending five years in Winnipeg but he was there and now he returns as the Blue Bombers have signed him to their practice squad this week looking for a boost

Another one up to the Rafters
The Montreal Alouettes continue to celebrate the golden years of the franchise as they honoured one of their greatest receivers in Ben Cahoon, retiring his number this week as he joins legends of the franchise including his quarterback Anthony Calvillo


Week 6:
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 30-23 Edmonton Eskimos
– The Blue Bombers struggled throughout the start of the season as they could not find a way to win but with Matt Nichols at the helm and guiding the team into the city he used to call home they took the win and a big confidence boost

Montreal Alouettes 41-3 Saskatchewan Roughriders
– It was the battle of the basement as two of the worst teams in the league went head to head looking to get a valuable win in their hopes to remain in the playoff hunt down the road as the Alouettes took full advantage with an impressive showing on offence

Calgary Stampeders 44-41 BC Lions (OT)
-The Lions had risen to the top of the west but in a true test they took on one of the consistent contenders in the Stampeders and this time came up just short but putting up a good fight that has shown that they are ready to compete

Toronto Argonauts 23-20 Ottawa REDBLACKS
– The Battle of Ontario got underway again and once again it was for first place in the East but this time, two different quarterbacks were leading the way with Henry Burris struggling in his return and Logan Kilgore playing well enough to take the win and first

Week 7:
Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Wednesday, August 3rd; 8:30 pm ET)
– The Ti-Cats will head into another week without their top quarterback as they take on the Bombers who are coming off of a big win and hoping to keep that momentum going against the Ti-Cats

BC Lions vs. Montreal Alouettes (Thursday, August 4th; 7:00 pm ET)
– The Lions proved that they are certainly a team to watch this year and they now head into Montreal looking to continue that trend after Montreal put on an offensive showcase in Week 6 as they try to do the same

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Calgary Stampeders (Thursday, August 4th; 10:00 pm ET)
– The Riders continue to struggle to get wins under new head coach Chris Jones and it won’t be any easier this week as they take on the top team in the West as the Stampeders continue their time at the top of the division

Edmonton Eskimos vs. Ottawa REDBLACKS (Saturday, August 6th; 7:00 pm ET)
– Edmonton might still be reeling from their loss a week ago but they need to get back to it as they take on the REDBLACKS who will look to steady their own ship and continue fighting for the east title

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