Cody Fajardo was dealt a dose of reality.
After throwing for more yards than any quarterback in Saskatchewan Roughriders’ history in his first two starts, Fajardo managed just 89 yards while having two passes intercepted during a 37-10 loss to Calgary in Week 4.
“He didn’t see the field as well. I want to give credit to Brett Monson and the Calgary defence, they confused him a little bit. He had some opportunities to make plays and he just didn’t see it,” Riders head coach Craig Dickenson said.
“We feel strongly about Cody as a good quarterback that we can win with.”
Fajardo watched his record as a starter drop to 1-2 from the sidelines, pulled from the game for Isaac Harker in the fourth quarter. The prior two starts Fajardo put up 41 and 32 points respectively, throwing for 890 yards and four touchdowns.
“Put that game on me. I came out and definitely under-performed. We got a bye so we can evaluate ourselves,” Fajardo said.
The 27-year-old pivot admitted the Stampeders made him uncomfortable in the pocket. Fajardo was sacked four times, but felt those were by his own doing and not the offensive line.
“Vacated the pocket too early – no doubt. If you watch on film we got guys open that I got to throw the ball to. And sometimes when you do that early it gets in your mind a little bit,” Fajardo said.
“Sometimes when you feel uncomfortable you want to run a little bit. For me I’m going to look at that film and be like “why didn’t I sit in the pocket?”
During the bye week Fajardo plans to see his family, but breakdown the film and be prepared to for when the Riders reconvene in Regina following seven days off. The Riders play the B.C. Lions on Saturday, July 20 at Mosaic Stadium.
“Even the best quarterback’s in the world are going to have rough games,” Fajardo said.
“My confidence isn’t shaken at all.”