DAVIS: With Collaros out, Bridge will finally get his chance to shine

There’s a faction of Saskatchewan Roughriders fans who always believed Brandon Bridge, despite his limited experience, should be the CFL team’s starting quarterback.

They’re about to get their wish, although it comes at the potentially costly expense of Zach Collaros, who started Saskatchewan’s first two games before being sidelined and placed on the six-game injury list with a concussion. Collaros wasn’t practising while Bridge led the starting offence Tuesday when the Roughriders held their first public workout since losing 40-17 Thursday to the home-town Ottawa Redblacks.

In addition to the pro-Bridge supporters, there’s also a contingent wondering why the Roughriders overpaid for Collaros, whose injury history and recent performances made him unworthy of the starting role. At the moment and for the unforeseeable future, the naysayers are winning.

Saskatchewan (1-1) plays host to the 0-2 Montreal Alouettes on Saturday.

A series of hits forced Collaros to leave the Ottawa game and undergo concussion protocol; he later returned to the sidelines in street clothes while Bridge operated Saskatchewan’s ineffective offence.

The Roughriders use the six-game injury list like many CFL teams do — when a player could miss more than one game they place him on the six-game injury list. GM/head coach Chris Jones told reporters the Roughriders were abiding by the CFL’s protocol for a “concussion-type situation” but didn’t specify how long Collaros might be sidelined. With only rookie David Watford behind Bridge on the depth chart, the Roughriders are expected to add another quarterback. Saskatchewan had been after Vernon Adams, but he chose Montreal.

A player can be activated early from the six-game injury list, but if he remains for the entire duration his salary during that time will not be counted against a team’s $5.2 million cap on players’ salaries.

That’s extra important in this case because the Roughriders are reportedly paying Collaros $430,000 annually, a slight decrease from what he was earning with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Collaros had major knee surgery while he was with the Ticats, plus he suffered at least two head injuries before losing his starting job (and 12 straight starts) to Jeremiah Masoli.

There was concern that Collaros was injury-prone and hadn’t fully recovered when the Roughriders traded for him. Still, his high salary guaranteed he would get the first opportunity to be the starter despite Jones’ claims that there would be a full competition during training camp.

Bridge was a moderately successful backup in 2017 — he started one contest last season — while regularly replacing starter Kevin Glenn, who was waived in the offseason and later joined the Edmonton Eskimos. Bridge often entered the game when the Roughriders’ offensive line was unable to protect Glenn. Based on the line’s porous performance against Ottawa, Bridge’s escapability may again be required.

Bridge re-signed before Collaros was acquired in the offseason for roughly half of Collaros’ salary. Bridge’s strong arm and running ability made him an exciting choice, but he was told by the Roughriders that he needed more game-time experience before he could assume the starter’s mantle. He’s about to get some of that experience.

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Darrell Davis has reported on the Riders for more than 20 years and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame media wing in 2006.
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84 Comments on DAVIS: With Collaros out, Bridge will finally get his chance to shine

  1. 3 stories on the same situation, 3 down nation has to be bored, what will be next, “the firing of overrated chris jones”?

  2. grumblingaboutgreen // June 26, 2018 at 6:38 pm //

    well what a SURPRISE eh? of COURSE joness mismanagement blew up in his FACE once again. it was patently OBVIOUS to all observers that the HISTORY of injury to collaros combined with the DREADFUL offensive line was going to be a LIABILITY to saskatchewan! but jones had an IRRATIONAL desire in his pudgy heart to have him as the starter. of course he paid LIP SERVICE to the idea that bridge might COMPETE for the starting role but the disparity in SALARY between the two made it CLEAR that his mind was made up and facts be damned!

    rather than investing in ANY canadian talent to help on the offensive LINE jones decided the most WORTHWHILE area to focus on was importing a string of nfl REJECTS. even after the DISASTROUS performance in their final tuneup against calgary when BOTH bridge and collaros got PULLED to mitigate the vividly illustrated RISK incurred by having such poor PROTECTION saskatchewan started the season with such an injury WAITING to happen! this is an incredibly CAVALIER attitude toward the safety of his players ESPECIALLY when you consider that jones also wears the hat of GM in riderhole. knowing FULL WELL as he does that the organisations scouting apparatus is a SHAMBLES this is not far from a breach of his fiduciary DUTY to the team employing him!

    • Oh lord it’s ramblingincoherently…..

      • grumblingaboutgreen // June 26, 2018 at 7:01 pm //

        ANOTHER response featuring the penetrating INSIGHT weve come to expect from you yap

        • You’re welcome rainman.

          • But seriously, babblingaboutridersandnobodyelse.

            Do you actually have a team that you support, or just the one you hate ?

          • Historic McMahon // June 26, 2018 at 7:33 pm //

            Awesome watching you get owned yup

          • Thought you shoukd know – If you’re gonna be a smart ass, first you have to be smart…

          • grumblingaboutgreen // June 26, 2018 at 8:07 pm //

            you should consider me less a PARTISAN of a team than a supporter of COMPETENCE and EXCELLENCE in the three down game. if you cant function without fitting people into team based CATEGORIES the lions and stampeders would be CREDIBLE representations of these ideals! calgarys unmatched STRENGTH in the competitive west division should definitely serve as an EXAMPLE. in the past six years theyve made DOUBLE the grey cup appearances as the whole rest of their division COMBINED! granted they do seem to fall SHORT in the final but its easy to DISMISS poorly thought out mockery by those who fall even FURTHER short! equally so bcs enduring QUALITY has long been one to inspire PRIDE among those who enjoy the sport. and while their week 20 loss caused them to just miss the PLAYOFFS last season i think two DECADES straight of making the postseason qualifes them for a bit of a MULLIGAN dont you?

            on the other hand the EAST division which has for two YEARS failed to produce a single team with a winning RECORD does not feature any worthwhile CLAIMANTS to a similar status. it is truly the WEST by which teams should be measured! and so the fact that saskatchewan has had a winning DIVISIONAL record only TWO times in the past decade and those by the SLIMMEST of margins clearly EXCLUDES them from consideration. while their FANS no doubt glorify them as CONTENDERS on par with the perennial POWERHOUSES it is objective fact that they are stuck firmly in the PRETENDER category! and insofar as a CHAMPION is meant to represent the BEST among its competitors those fans who CHEER the riders on to a championship DISPARAGE the quality of the game and so to them i stand in OPPOSITION

          • OK then…thanks for making a short story, painfully long.

          • Gotcha. So you hop from bandwagon to bandwagon. Should we see a winning team in the east, will you f*ck off and stay out there? Grumble about someone in the East?

        • True Green // June 26, 2018 at 10:49 pm //

          How do you choose which words to capitalize? It’s completely random and makes your posts incoherent. I’m sure you believe there’s a method but to everyone else it’s plain madness. Please, lay off the caps so your posts can be understood.

        • Blue rules // June 27, 2018 at 10:01 am //

          i neVer rEaD yoUR PosTS, bUt enJoY AlL thE comMENTs ABouT U

  3. Bring back our Als // June 26, 2018 at 6:40 pm //

    He should shine vs the Als defence

  4. Former Rider fan // June 26, 2018 at 6:47 pm //

    Collaros will stay on the list for all 6 games. That way one third of his ridiculous salary doesn’t count for the cap. Bring him back before the 6th game and the whole $430,000 counts. Jones got lucky.

  5. Dundas dude // June 26, 2018 at 6:51 pm //

    Ok, Bridge is the QB, who is the starting running back Thigpen or Messam?

    • Drug Kingpen Thigpen // June 26, 2018 at 8:28 pm //

      Messam has looked horrible this season going down on first contact constantly. Time to see what the drug addict has.

      • Dundas dude // June 26, 2018 at 10:59 pm //

        Thanks for answering my question but I’d also humbly suggest: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”

  6. Bridge at least won’t have a baptism of fire… playing against Montreal and let’s hope he can keep it going this summer. He has to.

  7. Thumper55 // June 26, 2018 at 6:55 pm //

    Messam

  8. Who is backup to Bridge ?

  9. Getting the free spot in the bingo card this week is a huge help for Brando Bridge as it’s an automatic win against the hopeless CIS level Alouettes.

    • True Green // June 26, 2018 at 10:51 pm //

      Lol as much as I don’t like your posts that was pretty witty.

      That said, I have low confidence in my Riders so far this year. We should win, but anything less than a blowout is a let down.

  10. True Green // June 26, 2018 at 11:04 pm //

    I can’t stand Davis’ articles. He is proof that it takes no skill to be a journalist for the cfl. Here’s my take.

    Bridge: he’s not a starter. Jones knows this. I think most people who are honest with themselves know this. Hence, he wasn’t re-signed as our starter in the offseason.

    Collaros: signing Zach was a gamble. Amazing potential but injury questions. A true starter talent if healthy. With a lack of options, and Bridge not being qualified, it’s not like Jones had a lot of options but to agree to a starter salary for a proven starter.

    Vernon Adams: personally I didn’t read or hear anything about Jones going after Adams. He did nothing for us last year and going to Montreal makes a ton of sense where their “starter” is at best a back up if not a third stringer. This is Adams best move to get game time action.

    Watford: I’d be happy to see him get some time in against Montreal if we get a comfortable lead. From what little we saw, He was our sharpest QB in preseason. Won’t know his potential without giving him some time.

    Thank god it’s montreal. But if our Oline and D in general play like last game, I’m not counting on a win. I am usually a true optimist but I am really disappointed with what I am seeing this year. I am not jumping off the Jones bandwagon but I am questioning whether or not he has the respect of the locker room? That’s where a teams health starts. If he comes in and chips then down and they don’t have leaders to pick them back up, the room suffers. Remember, these players are all millennials and they have generally been raised different than the players that came before them. Every generation has its differences for better and for worse. This generation needs more affirmation than they might be getting.

  11. Stampeding // June 26, 2018 at 11:43 pm //

    Great athlete, that’s what he brings to the table, past that, it’s throw the ball up and hope one of your receivers jump high enough to come down with it. 1/3 of the time they will, 1 3rd of time they won’t 1/3 it will be picked.
    That’s the Bridge plan because he cannot read defense and he cannot throw with accuracy

    • ManyHandles Must be Banned // June 26, 2018 at 11:48 pm //

      Sounds like the stumps Playoff playbook. Guess cuz they are sooo good, they save the best for the last.

      • Despite your claims. Calgary has the best receivers in the league now. Rosevelt is old news, Holley id average and Carter is nothing

  12. You can’t play Montreal every week.

  13. Being a Rider fan is like being a farmer. You plant your crop every year and hope for the best. 4 or 5 years in a row you have only luck that’s bad. In the sixth year you plant it again hope for the best and get a bumper crop. That’s the Riders.

    • That is the riders. Just hope for the best.
      Of course after that 6th year a tornado will destroy the top soil rendering the ground infertile. After years of replenishing and the cycle starts again

    • Wideout // June 27, 2018 at 9:31 am //

      Yet in the 11 years years since climate change, (Salary cap) no team has had more bumper crops and in fact Riders have more than 5 teams. So in your attempt to discredit the Riders you actually humiliate every other team in the league and the Riders again come out as the class of the league. See how this works, bring a knife to a gunfight and you get burned my friend.

      • Stampeding // June 27, 2018 at 10:36 am //

        In the last NINE years no one has had more bumper crops than Calgary.

        No team has had more Famine in the Salary Cap era either!!! All the Salary Cap era has done is show the riders willingness to go over it and everyone else’s desire to follow the rules. NO TEAM HAS MORE VIOLATIONS, in fact the riders are the only team with multiple and WERE OVER IN BOTH CUP WINS.

        But go ahead, keep pretending you are equal with the Alberta big boys, it’s cute.

        • Not even close to equal. Riders have 1 more bumper crop than the Esks since climate change. See how this works, bring a black Escalade to a Nascar event and you get whipped Phsyco threat to society boy.

        • Bullh*t. The only reason the Riders cap violations are so public, is the media is all over it like Red on any Rider article. The same year that Bo yapped his trap about the Riders practice roster violation, THREE other teams were fined for the exact same issue. Did you hear about that? No, because they weren’t the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and people like Red Psychopath Manyhandles aren’t obsessed with those teams and the people that run them.

  14. Edward Leslie // June 27, 2018 at 12:28 am //

    Saskatchewan has no fourth string quarterback, so with Collaros going on I.R., Bridge only has rookie David Watford behind him. How stupid is that?
    They increased the Practice Roster from seven to ten a couple of years back, but they don’t have a fourth quarterback in development for emergencies like this.

    Maybe Chris Jones can sign University of Regina star Noah Picton, who was recently released by Toronto. But more than likely he’ll bring in some American guy. Jim Bob “Bubba” Buttsworth from Southeastern Tennessee state Tech or something.

    • I am loath to replay to a Dirtbag Darrell thread full of trolls, but you seem to be in need of some information. Our emergency #4 QB is a guy named Nick Marshall, who QBed Auburn in a national championship game. He was also our starting CB in game one, but he injured a finger and had surgery. Depending on what hand was injured it might be easier for him to play QB than CB, especially if he’s only going to be an emergency #3. He took a lot of reps at QB in training camp and looked good, so he’s a legit backup QB if the finger can be worked around.

    • Blue rules // June 27, 2018 at 10:13 am //

      I’ve seen Jim Bob “Bubba” Buttsworth play, he has a fantastic arm!

  15. Pennyrocker // June 27, 2018 at 12:55 am //

    If they can walk and chew bubble gum at the say time and have a Momma. People call them big bubba. Then Jones will be all over especially if they eat crawdads and fried chicken.

    • I heard he found some good prospects at the Cornbread festival he attends evry year.

  16. For sure // June 27, 2018 at 1:26 am //

    If someone thought a player was good at one time, whether it was a high school coach or a college coach, that is good enough for Jones to give them a tryout. Thus the scrapheap players.

  17. Edward Leslie // June 27, 2018 at 3:44 am //

    RFD: I realize that Marshall was a starter at Auburn, but he’s their starting boundary cornerback. If he’s well enough to play, he’d stay there.
    Safety Marc-Olivier Brouillette also played his entire college career at quarterback, but had to switch positions because he was TOO CANADIAN to play quarterback in the CANADIAN Football League.
    Maybe if he had changed his name to Billy Bob Brouillette from El Paso, he might’ve gotten a look.

  18. The other Jones..June looks like the genius here picking M&M boys over Zach. Added up those 2 = Zach salary. Bridge can play. He is the poster boy for why ratio unnecessary. He got top training in NCAA not institutional coddling. The Cana kid at Ohio University is next in line. Drop QB exemption and ratio to 6 to compensate. Drop ratio by one with each new team and hold at 3 which is he MLS minimum for Canadians on the 3 Cana teams.

  19. Ticats4ever // June 27, 2018 at 8:42 am //

    As for Calgary having the best receiving core. I would put Tasker Banks and Toliver up against them chumps anyway

  20. Paul Bomber // June 27, 2018 at 9:10 am //

    Another interesting early game. The disadvantage for Sask, Bridge specifically, is that with him getting the start, teams don’t need to prepare for both Collaros & him. They can focus on his tendencies. It’s not HUGE, but Bridge will get a good test. I also have been wondering if Collaros is at the crossroads. I just wonder if he’s going to say “enough”. Big injury, goes 1 & 13, than a concussion. A mere mortal would have to thinking about the post sports life.

  21. True Green // June 27, 2018 at 10:07 am //

    Let’s just bring Darian Durant back. It’s fate. Jones cans him, the Als ruin him, he screws Winnipeg, now we need him. Keep Zach on the injured list all season, pay DD what he wanted befor he went to Montreal, and we are GC bound!

    Tongue in cheek here… I’m a huge DD fan but I don’t believe he could step In and take over immediately or that he is worth $400,000. I would be very happy to see him back on the roster and contribute to TW Riders again though.

    • Blue rules // June 27, 2018 at 10:26 am //

      Sorry, DD belongs to Bombers best 75k they ever spent. A healthy DD sitting on his couch one hand in his unbuttoned pants drinking a cold beer! Saying WTF just happened!

      • Durant’s rights to Sask for Roosevelt. I think the Bombers would take that deal in a heartbeat.

        • You think?

        • Blue rules // June 27, 2018 at 11:43 am //

          Pino, Perhaps, keep in mind, keeping DD off the field especially in Saskatchewan might be the better good for the Bombers, who knows? What makes you think Jones wants to rid themselves of Roosevelt or wants DD

          • Literally nobody in the CFL other than maybe Sask (and even that’s a big maybe – I think Sask has moved on) wants Durant now. It’s not that I think Sask wants to give up Roosevelt, but I do think that it would take that level of an offer for the Bombers to give up Durant’s rights.

          • Also, Durant playing for the Riders would probably be the best thing to happen to every other Western team. He’d be such a cancer to the locker room that the team would implode. It would be a monumental setback.

      • For sure // June 27, 2018 at 1:27 pm //

        Sounds like you are speaking from experience.

      • Paul Bombers // June 27, 2018 at 3:35 pm //

        No-no-no…..
        …. if Sask wants to start durant, I’ll speak on behalf of the Bombers (community owned team):
        We’ll waive our rights – fire him up! He already got 75k from us, so he might be reasonably priced! Knock yourself out!!

    • For $70,000 I think the Bombers might trade his rights.

  22. Blue rules // June 27, 2018 at 1:09 pm //

    In that case, he’s yours. LOl

  23. C Stephen Cassin // June 27, 2018 at 9:14 pm //

    Teams will game plan for B. Bridge and not have to adjust to him as he comes into the game. Collaros is going to be a tough loss and I hope he’s going to be okay. The sweepstakes for liberating Manziel from Hamilton is officially on.

  24. Once Brandon gets going I expect him to do quite well. He has done it in the past – wins and uses his legs if necessary to get the job done.

  25. Pennyrocker // June 28, 2018 at 10:47 am //

    This is Bridges opportunity not just to show he is a starter. The NY Gaints are looking at him now that he is starting 3and of course that might give him a chance at the NFL.

  26. Ok, I tried to avoid this post, but I couldn’t do it:

    “With Collaros out, Bridge will finally get his chance to shine”
    -Game 3 and Bridge is “finally” getting his chance? He saw a lot of playing time in game 2 as well.

    “In addition to the pro-Bridge supporters, there’s also a contingent wondering why the Roughriders overpaid for Collaros…”
    -The Riders overpaid Collaros? There’s a new angle. Collaros was a former MOP calibre player who was making $540k last year. We traded for him, since we needed a MOP calibre QB, and got him to renegotiate and knock over 20% off his salary, $110k, and Davis is now suggesting that we overpaid for him? Not only that but he is claiming that a “contingent” is wondering why the Roughriders overpaid for him, suggesting both that there are significant numbers and that Collaros has in fact been overpaid, neither of which he provides any evidence for. See the tricks?

    “A series of hits forced Collaros to leave the Ottawa game and undergo concussion protocol…”
    -I don’t even know what he’s trying to do with this one but no, there wasn’t a series of hits. There was one hit, under the chin.

    “That’s extra important in this case because the Roughriders are reportedly paying Collaros $430,000 annually, a slight decrease from what he was earning with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.”
    -Aaaaand another lie. In the very link that Davis provided it says that Collaros took an over 20% pay cut, $110k. That is clearly not a “slight decrease”. Do you think that if Davis’ employer cut his pay by 20% he would consider it a “slight decrease”?

    “There was concern that Collaros was injury-prone and hadn’t fully recovered when the Roughriders traded for him.”
    – Aaaaand another lie. Collaros’ last injury was in 2016. He was healthy coming into last season and he was healthy all season. Dressed for 18 games.

    “Still, his high salary guaranteed he would get the first opportunity to be the starter despite Jones’ claims that there would be a full competition during training camp.”
    -And again, salary is not how they determine who plays. You negotiate and sign contracts for whatever you can, based on your PAST history, and then you go to training camp and compete for jobs. Both Collaros and Bridge are on one year contracts so they were never going to play Collaros if he wasn’t playing as well just because he was making more money. That is simply perverse.

    “Bridge was a moderately successful backup in 2017…”
    -lol!

    “Bridge re-signed before Collaros was acquired in the offseason for roughly half of Collaros’ salary.”
    -Well, yeah. Collaros had been an MOP calibre QB who was coming off of a $540k salary the year before, and Bridge had never been a full time starting QB. Are you saying that you think they should have been paid the same Darrell?

    Davis makes a fool of himself every time he posts, but he couldn’t care less. He couldn’t care less about the fans, or the team, or the league. He’s working for his cronies, the old boys. He’s trying to develop and promote certain narratives, or perhaps simply repeat them enough times so that they’re on the record enough to make them look legit, so at the end of the year Reynolds can stand up and say, “bla-bla-bla, concerns raised in the media, bla-bla-bla, some fans unhappy, bla-bla-bla, we’ve decided to go in another direction and we’ve let Chris Jones go.” They control the BOD and the old cronies in the Regina media, so they think they have it in the bag, and they don’t give a flying F about the fans, the good of the team, or anyone else. But things are a bit different this year. They’re not as neat and tidy as they were in 2006/2007 when they did the same thing to Shivers. This time, in a few different ways, it could very well blow up in their faces.

    • I agree with most of what you said. When he was a writer covering the riders for the Leader-Post many moons ago, I thought he was actually pretty good. His main claim to fame now is as a regular on “The Green Zone” daily sports radio show on CJME news talk Regina and maybe Saskatoon (not sure). Show is pretty good! actually and includes good insight from Glen Suiter and Warren Woods et al. The one that keeps getting me to turn to the other station is when Darrell Davis comes on. Negative from the get go and rarely offers anything of substance in my view. I would listen much more if he wasn’t on the show. Kind of same narrative from him here on 3DOWN.

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