It appears another quarterback change is afoot in the nation’s capital.
Will Arndt could be the next starter for the Redblacks.
“We’re going to stay the course as far as we’re going to do whatever we can to win as many games as we can this year. We’re in the mode of prepping for the practice week and game-planning and making personnel decisions,” head coach Rick Campbell said on TSN radio 1200 in Ottawa.
“We’ll definitely announce that tomorrow and you’ll see who’s practicing tomorrow, and we’ll go from there. But as an overall football team, we’re not going to turn this into an experiment. We want to try to win as many games as we can.”
Jonathon Jennings was benched against the B.C. Lions in Week 15 after completing less than 50 percent of his passes (8-of-17) for 121 yards and one interception. Arndt came into the game and hit on 6-of-11 attempts for 61 yards with an interception while adding three carries for 16 yards.
“He’s got a lot of tools, that’s why we’ve had him here the last couple years is we think he’s a guy that’s got potential. A pretty good-sized guy with a good arm and as you can see he can run a little bit too, which is good to see,” Campbell said.
“I know that he’s kind of a football junkie guy, he loves the game and loves earning about the game. He has limited CFL experience, but we think he’s a guy that’s definitely got tools to develop.”
Jennings’ record as the starting QB for the Redblacks dropped to 0-5. He’s throw more interceptions than touchdown 3-7 during his time in Ottawa so far. The offence failed to score a touchdown in both games versus B.C. who has one of the worst defences in the CFL.
“I will say this last game, this is not all on him. He throws a really nice ball, he can improvise and run, I know he’s competing hard. And he’s got a lot of tools, guys don’t just throw for 5,000 yards randomly,” Campbell said.
“It’s not all on our quarterbacks. I know I’ve talked about our quarterbacks, I just refer to just being efficient on offence and being efficient at the QB position and obviously we haven’t been able to get that done yet.”
Arndt has yet to start a CFL game, but he has seen action four times in 2019. The offence did appear to have a little more energy with the 26-year-old on the field. Up next for the Redblacks is a meeting with the Eskimos on Saturday in Week 16.
“We’re going to pour our energy into trying to beat Edmonton this week with the best lineup that we can field to try to win the game,” Campbell said.
“Find a way to get some type of mojo back on offence because we definitely don’t have it right now.”