Premier passer is ticket to a ti­tle

Roughrid­ers miss­ing a key part when it comes to win­ning

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - CLASSIFIEDS - ROB VANSTONE

That work never stops.”

While ac­knowl­edg­ing the con­tri­bu­tions of Glenn and Bridge, Jones left the door wide open for the ad­di­tion of that elu­sive fran­chise quar­ter­back — a premier passer who not only evokes images of Reilly and Mitchell, but also Ron Lan­caster, Kent Austin, Kerry Joseph and Dar­ian Du­rant.

Each of the lat­ter four gentle­men quar­ter­backed Saskatchewan to a Grey Cup vic­tory.

Sim­ply put, it is vir­tu­ally im­per­a­tive for a team to pos­sess a quar­ter­back of that cal­i­bre if it is to have le­git­i­mate as­pi­ra­tions of claim­ing the CFL’s great­est prize.

Sure, you can get there once in a while with the likes of Reg­gie Slack (1997). But to win it, you need (ex­cuse the base­ball ref­er­ence) a Reg­gie Jackson, whom Sports Il­lus­trated once la­belled a “Su­perduper­star.”

The ranks of the Grey Cup­win­ning quar­ter­backs are laden with Su­perduper­stars. Rare is the sea­son in which a team wins a ti­tle with­out a sig­nal-caller who is un­de­ni­ably among the league’s best.

On Sun­day, for ex­am­ple, the Arg­onauts and Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers col­lided in the 105th Grey Cup — won 27-24 by Toronto.

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