Alouettes Jim Popp never replaced Brandon London and Cody Hoffman at the start of the 2015 season. As a consequence, Lewis Stamps and Giguere graduated from projected supporting roles to leading ones…out of neglect. If players are expected to do MORE than is reasonable, or are NOT surrounded by the talent the team needs to succeed, IT’S HARDLY THEIR FAULT.
Troy Smith, Chad Johnson, Duron Carter, Michael Sam, Jerry Rice JR. What do these football “players” have in common? At the time they were signed, their FAME was largely based on something OTHER than their recent performance on the football field.
THOU SHALT GIVE YOUR BACKUP TIME TO DEVELOP!!! Teams ignore this rule at their own peril…as I predicted at the time…a prediction that holds true to this day for the Montreal Alouettes.
The ONLY way to STOP the Quarterback Carousel is to hire someone who’s judgment is SOUND and devoid of ulterior motives and ambitions. A man of character, who will evaluate talent CORRECTLY and stick to his decision through the vagueries of adversity and loss.
What is it with Jim Popp…anyway? The second things start going sideways his kneejerk reaction is to FIRE the Head Coach and step in as absolute LORD of all he surveys.
So why would ANYONE deliberately sabotage their own team? Is laziness a sufficient reason? OR rather ambitions in OTHER directions perhaps…that only gives the APPEARANCE of laziness.
If you REALLY want to mess with the quarterback succession on your team, be sure to NEVER allow ANY backup any MEANINGFUL playing time. Once your established starter has retired OR has been injured the Quarterback Carousel can begin in earnest.