Ticats guard defends Zach Collaros to Riders radio play-by-play man

There has been lots of speculation surrounding current Hamilton quarterback Zach Collaros.

Where will he play in 2018? Can he be the MOP-calibre player displayed in the past?

Riders radio play-by-play man Rod Pedersen has “friends” in Hamilton that believe he’s “done”. Ticats all-star offensive lineman Ryan Bomben took offence to it.

Offensive lineman often come to the defence of their quarterback on the field and Bomben is doing that in a social media setting, putting a media personality in his place.

Collaros has lost 12 straight starts dating back to 2016, one short of the CFL record. He completed 62.7 per cent of his passes for 1,743 yards with eight touchdowns (lowest among the league’s starters at the time) and seven interceptions.

Hamilton ranked last in the CFL in points scored (148), possession time (25 minutes. 54 seconds), passing yards (1,888), rushing yards (459) and net offence (269 per game) at the time Collaros was benched. But the Ticats did give up 21 sacks and 77 pressures while Collaros was at the helm.

Collaros’ future with the Ticats seems to be up in the air. He’s on the books at over $500,000 next season (Jeremiah Masoli is a free agent in February). Collaros needs another opportunity to show he can be an elite CFL quarterback, be it in Hamilton or elsewhere in 2018.

Bomben’s comments make it clear that there are players in the Ticats room who believe in Collaros.