It was a simple question, the one posed to Montreal Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman by the morning show host of TSN radio in Montreal Wednesday morning:
“Can you give us an answer as to who is going to be your starting quarterback on Friday night?”
The answer was, shall we say, not definitive.
After confirming that Johnny Manziel has been cleared from concussion protocol – “he’s good to go,” Sherman said – the first-year CFL head coach gave one of those non-answer answers to who, exactly, would be starting Friday night against the Redblacks: Manziel or Antonio Pipkin, who led the team to its second victory of the season last week and has looked very solid in two starts.
“We have two – actually, we feel that we have more than two good quarterbacks. We feel we’re in a very good position compared to where we were at the beginning of the season. We’re comfortable with our quarterback situation,” he said. “Obviously, Pipkin did a great job the other day in helping us to a victory. When Johnny played, he did a good job. So we feel very comfortable with both of them.”
Clear as mud.
Antonio Pipkin has taken the majority of first-team reps in practice this week and how things are structured at Wednesday’s practice – the last one before Friday’s game – will likely provide the clearest indication of who will get the nod. Coaches are sometimes reluctant to publicly name a starter because they think it somehow the uncertainty provides them with some kind of competitive advantage.
But Sherman’s waffling will do little to quell talk of a quarterback controversy in Montreal.