Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell sure made it seem as though a quarterback change is afoot in Ottawa.
“I’m going to talk to those guys first. I will say we are going to be decisive… it’s not going to be a tryout. We’ll make a decision on what’s happening, I owe it to those guys and I need to talk to Marcel [Desjardins] still again, but we’ll talk to all those guys,” Campbell said on TSN radio 1200 in Ottawa.
“I’m giving them space for a few days and then we’ll let them know what the game plan is and then we’ll announce what we’re doing. It’ll be what gives us the best chance to beat Toronto.”
Campbell benched Dominique Davis during the Redblacks’ loss to Saskatchewan in Week 11. Davis was picked off by the Riders on the first three Ottawa possessions. He completed 3-of-6 passes for 23 yards. That’s as many connections with his own team and the opposition.
“Obviously it was an off day for Dom,” Campbell said.
Jonathon Jennings entered the game for Davis and finished 16-of-26 for 208 yards with one touchdown while avoiding any turnovers. Jennings’ special deep ball ability was on display when he spotted a perfect throw to Dominique Rhymes in stride for a 75-yard touchdown.
— CFL on TSN (@CFLonTSN) August 25, 2019
“I thought Jonathon did a lot of good things. We actually got into some type of flow,” Campbell said.
“He looked pretty good in the game to me. The confidence thing is a key thing. Jonathon’s a guy that threw for over 5,000 yards in this league, which doesn’t happen by accident. I think he can do some good stuff.”
That sure sounds like an endorsement for Jennings as the starter when the Redblacks return from their bye week and prepare to play the Argos in Week 13. Even if it is Jennings taking the No. 1 QB role, Campbell doesn’t want a situation where any player is thinking there could be a short leash or quick hook.
“No one wants to live in that world, you don’t want to play looking over your shoulder,” Campbell said.
“We have to, and not just the QB, but be effective as an offence and get some flow going.”