Darian Durant has a case of the throwing yips.
The Montreal Alouettes quarterback was pulled in the first half of his team’s game against the Ottawa Redblacks on Sunday after failing to complete a pass in his first six attempts. Several of the throws came up short, bouncing in front of Montreal receivers.
Durant, starting in the first game under new head coach Kavis Reed, was replaced by Drew Willy in the second quarter.
Reed, who acquired Durant in a trade with Saskatchewan in the off-season and signed him to a contract extension, took over for Jacques Chapdelaine after firing him this week.
This is the second time in three games Durant has been pulled. He came into the game with 2,784 yards, 14 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 93.6 quarterback rating for the
soon-to-be now 3-9 Alouettes.
Reed tried to explain Durant’s problems during a halftime interview with TSN.
“It comes down to fundamentals. His feet are really bad right now. We have to make sure certain that his footwork is improved because when you’re starting to skip the ball, it’s all mechanics. It’s not anything mental, it’s more of his mechanics,” Reed said before confirming Willy would start the second half. “We’re going to stick with Drew right now. Drew’s been moving the ball effectively. Let Darian digest it a little bit and see where we go from here.”
And here’s Durant after the game…
“I’m trying to get rid of the ball too quickly instead of standing upright and delivering the ball,” said Durant. “When you rush things and rush your footwork, that’s what happens.”
It does not appear that Durant’s struggles will cost him his starting job next week.
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The reaction from the fine folks in Saskatchewan was predictable.
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