There were many people who questioned Bo Levi Mitchell’s decision to throw deep on Calgary’s final offensive play in a stunning Grey Cup defeat.
But head coach Dave Dickenson isn’t one of them.
On second and four from Toronto’s 24-yard-line, under 30 seconds left, Mitchell let a pass go deep down the right sideline for Marken Michel. Argos defensive back Jermaine Gabriel, who normally plays safety, was in at cornerback.
“It’s a play we’ve run probably 40-50 times during the season, had pretty good success at it. They had a new field corner out there, a young kid, we have a rookie of the year on him that’s fast. It was one-on-one, Bo knew it was man-to-man. The primary usually was Marquay on that one, but he either lost his footing or got pulled down,” Dickenson told News Talk 770 in Calgary.
Toronto safety Matt Black tracked the ball and made a game-sealing interception.
“I haven’t seen the tape I only saw what I saw on the jumbotron. It just didn’t quite get out there. They made the play give them credit. But you know we certainly would’ve liked to miss a little bit on the outside if we missed. We stayed true with the gameplan, we have options to go deep on basically any call. I trust Bo to make good decisions and I thought he did that, just didn’t execute it quite like we wanted to,” Dickenson explained.
“I don’t have any issues with Bo playing the game to win.”