In 2016, Justin Dunk of 3Down Nation interviewed Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin. Baldwin coached almost half the starting quarterbacks in the CFL this week: Matt Nichols, Bo Levi Mitchell, Mike Reilly and Vernon Adams. Here are a couple of selections from that interview:
Dunk: Do you believe Adams can be a franchise quarterback in the CFL?
Baldwin: “Absolutely. It’s not going to shock me. That guy he’s something else when you turn the lights on. He went to the Shrine Game and lit it up. Every time he’s played. When he was healthy for Oregon he was 6-0. When he was here with us he broke records. He threw seven touchdowns against a [Washington] Huskies team that had three first-round [NFL] picks. You got your quarterbacks that I call driving range quarterbacks. He looks really good, he’s striping it on the range, he’s got all the gear and he gets on the first tee and he hooks it left and you can’t believe it because he was hitting it so good on the driving range. That’s kind of like the guys who can look really good, but when the heat is on and the battle is going and things are flying around you, then what’s going to happen? It’s kind of like going to the first tee. Vernon’s just the opposite. You may not ever be totally wowed in practice, but when the game starts and it’s going he’s one of those guys that gets a lot better when the game goes. He’s the best quarterback to play here. That’s not taking anything away from those other guys – I just believe that. It’s hard to say that, but that’s true. I won’t rank the rest of them, though – I’m not willing to do that. Nope. Not going to do that.”
Baldwin: “Reilly could drive the ball in any situation. That’s probably why he had the biggest chance to be in the NFL for a little while. Extreme competitor. He probably had the best ability to gain yards with his feet too. He would take off and run and really kill a defence that way. He drove the ball. Just made throws where it didn’t look like there was much of a window. The level of competitiveness, when he would take off and run on a third-and-seven and not be denied – just will a team down the field. (If I had one wish) It would’ve been to coach Reilly for more years like I got to with Matt and Bo, but I’m glad I at least got one year with Mike because that was a lot of fun.”
Go Als Go!