Good on the concussion spotter on Saturday night to take Mike Reilly out of the game after a vicious helmet to head hit on the quarterback.
As much as head coach Jason Maas talks up his quarterbacks’ toughness, toughness does not prevent concussions.
Just ask Matt Dunigan or Anthony Calvillo or any other tough quarterback. Yes, the timing of the concussion spotter to pull Mike Reilly was a very unfortunate time in the game for the Eskimos, that person is not there to dissect situational play and the detriment of the team’s offensive production.
They have one purpose and that is to pull a player who will not put their own best interests in front of playing through it. Because, you know, toughness.
And Jason Maas’ post game reaction tells you everything you need to know about coaches and players mentality regarding player safety. When push comes to shove, in a close game, in a tight situation, they’ll put wins and touchdowns in front of player safety.
That’s why an independent eye is necessary. And thankfully Mike Reilly wasn’t concussed on the play but what if he had been and kept playing anyway?