Paying $430,000 in annual salary for oft-concussed quarterback Zach Collaros was risky from the outset for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
It was a business decision that ultimately prevented the Roughriders from vying for the Grey Cup. Collaros missed Sunday’s 23-18 playoff loss to the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers, evidently because of another concussion. Although he didn’t have a great season, Collaros gave the Roughriders their best chance to win because backup Brandon Bridge has been horrible all season. Bridge wasn’t very good against the Blue Bombers, partly because he was hamstrung by the ho-hum play-calling of offensive coordinator Stephen McAdoo.
An early playoff exit raises the issue: what should the Roughriders do for a quarterback? Through three seasons Roughriders boss Chris Jones has kept trying to jam castoff quarterbacks into an improving roster. It hasn’t worked and it won’t give the Roughriders any sustained excellence.
It’s time to find, groom and commit to developing a real quarterback.