Argos QB James Franklin was frustrated, upset by benching

The wait to start again has been long for quarterback James Franklin since being relegated to backup duty in late July.

Toronto Argonauts head coach Marc Trestman installed McLeod Bethel-Thompson as the No. 1 QB after Franklin threw three interceptions in a 40-14 loss against Winnipeg in Week 7.

“It was definitely frustrating and a lot of stuff I was dealing with personally as far as what I was upset about and just trying to put that to the side and being patient for the next opportunity – it was difficult,” Franklin said.

Franklin took over for an injured Ricky Ray in Week 4 and went 1-3 as the starter, completing 65 per cent of his passes for 1,073 yards with five touchdowns against six interceptions.

Bethel-Thompson has gone 2-6 over his eight starts and the Argos last eight games, completing 65 per cent of his passes for 2,007 yards with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The pocket passer completed 11-of-18 passes for 97 yards with one touchdown but four interceptions and he was benched after three quarters against B.C. in Week 17. Franklin came on and connected on 9-of-14 throws for 103 yards and two touchdowns in 15 minutes of action in the loss to the Lions, prompting Trestman to make the switch back to Franklin.

“When you get I guess benched or something taken away from you if you sit around and pout and complain then you’re not going to be ready for when you go in, so when you get the opportunity you’re going to look even worse and you hurt your chances from there,” Franklin said.

“I was Mr. Pouty for maybe a week or two after and then realized that I need to get my act together because if I get another chance I need to make sure I know what I’m doing.”

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