It’s no coincidence that the four teams remaining in the CFL playoffs are the teams with the best quarterback tandems. The Saskatchewan Roughriders should take note.
Calgary has Bo Levi Mitchell and Drew Tate. B.C. has Jonathon Jennings and Travis Lulay. Ottawa has Henry Burris and Trevor Harris. Edmonton has Mike Reilly and James Franklin.
You can talk about their offensive weapons. You can talk about each team’s defence, special teams or coaching.
It’s all about the quarterbacks. There really is no team sport that relies more on one player than the Canadian Football League with its quarterbacks. Jennings, the league’s next star, singlehandedly took control of B.C.’s late-game rally over Winnipeg, kind of like Doug Flutie used to do when he played in the CFL.
And if the starter falters, those four teams have great backups. Now consider that when February rolls around and Darian Durant’s contract expires, the Roughriders might not even have one good quarterback. Yeesh!