Mike Sherman believes choosing his starting quarterback will be simple.
“Well, it’s really quite easy, it’s going to be the best guy whoever that is when the dust settles. They’re getting a bunch of reps in practice and we’re going to try to sort it out in practice as well as in the pre-season games. We will figure it out here within the next couple games,” Sherman said on TSN 690 radio in Montreal.
Veteran CFL passer Drew Willy and sophomore Matthew Shilt are the two main competitors for the Montreal Alouettes starting job. The 31-year-old Willy played six games for the Als last season completing over 68 per cent of his passes for 547 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while rushing 17 times for 66 yards and one touchdown. The 25-year-old Shiltz saw action in four games, starting one, making good on over 57 per cent of his attempts for 385 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.
Antonio Pipkin and Garrett Fugate are the other signal callers currently on Montreal’s roster. But Sherman has not named a No. 1 quarterback yet and the competition could carry into the games that have meaning.
“Because we don’t have a definite starter to start the season that’s kind of an open-ended book. We want to take it into the regular season and sort it out from there,” Sherman said.
“We are going to be a work in progress because we only have two pre-season games. I look at the first two to four games in the regular season as still being a work in progress.”