WINNIPEG — It’s going crazy. The decision was not easy.
Bo Levi Mitchell will be on the sidelines to start Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6:30 p.m., TSNMore/770 CHQR).
You wouldn’t think the longtime Calgary Stampeders star would be happy being a backup quarterback.
Mitchell may be disappointed with head coach Dave Dickenson’s decision to go with Jake Meyer at quarterback, but he’s worried about his attitude and willingness to help the Stampeders on Thursday night. do not have.
“Bo is one of the best teammates I’ve ever had,” Meyer said Wednesday. As I said, starting with our quarterback room, and actually with our coaches[quarterback coach Mark Mueller]we all want to win. .”
At this point, it’s not entirely clear if Stamp plans to proceed with the rest of the season with Meyer as the starter, or if it’s an open competition that could change from week to week. The second option is not typically the approach most teams take.
Mitchell was pulled at halftime on Saturday night against the Toronto Argonauts after a few games where he struggled to keep the offense on the field and keep the ball moving.
Stamp’s offense seemed to get better when Meyer intervened. The numbers improved and the Stamps moved the ball better and overcame a 9-point deficit to secure a 22-19 win.
Ultimately, that was the basis of Dickenson’s decision.
“Listen, we don’t click as sharply as we need to attack,” Dickenson said. I thought he played a solid game and to be honest we’re trying to find the best way to win games where we’re playing against teams that we’ve never experienced before.” . With just one move of his, Bo is ready to play and I know he will come in and play well when his number is called. I hope he gives me the best chance to win. ”
As for Mitchell, he released a statement on Instagram about the decision.
“I am clearly frustrated with this decision, as any competitor would,” he wrote. “But… I am part of this team, not over coaching or criticizing. I believe in Jake and I believe he will play great football and win.
“We take the time to consider what we can do to make ourselves better, and that ultimately makes us a better team. I’ll be back on the field.”
Even Mitchell’s harshest critics would find it difficult to dispute that statement.
Since taking over as the Stampeders’ starting quarterback in 2014, Mitchell has never been replaced as a starter in any meaningful game where he was healthy. He became the only quarterback in franchise history to win two Gray Cups.
He is arguably one of the greatest players in Calgary football history.
As Bombers quarterback Zach Corralos explained, it doesn’t happen without competitiveness. That fire just makes it much harder to get onto the bench.
“It’s no fun for Bo. I’m sure he’ll say the same thing,” Corralos said. “I’m not in his position right now, so I’m not going to speak for him, but he’s a competitor and everybody wants to be out there. It’s difficult because you’re playing at a high level and you’re playing at a high level to be a good competitor.”
The Stampeders (6-3) gear up for a tough match against the CFL-leading Bombers (9-1) with Meyer at the center.
But I’m lucky to have Mitchell on the sidelines and help Meyer as much as I can.
“I’m not surprised,” Dickenson said when asked about Mitchell’s remarks. I knew he would keep working. We want to be better and we trust each other.”
Stampeder moves to QB Meyer.Mitchell looks to ‘make himself better’
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