Current Arizona Rattlers head coach and general manager Kevin Guy felt some type of way about the CFL just a few years ago.
“Canada is not a higher league,” Guy told the Arizona Republic.
Guy was upset about defensive back Markus Smith wanting to pursue a playing opportunity in the CFL.
“Markus was making plays, but he wanted to go to a tryout in Canada. That’s something we need to address as a league. We have to protect our league. Canada is not a higher league. They’re competition. It’s the NFL and we’re fighting over who they cut. We’ve got our own league and our rules,” Guy said.
“Owners have to stand up and decide to protect our league, what we’re playing for. It is an issue. When you have an organization like us, and we’re going to recruit 365 days a year, and put the best product on the field.”
Under the guidance of Guy, Arizona has won four Arena Bowls and one United Bowl while helping oversee the team’s transition from the Arena Football League to the Indoor Football League. He sports an impressive win-loss record 144-50. Two times (2011 and 2016) Guy earned the AFL’s Coach of the Year award.
“Some of those guys in Canada are just lazy. They want to look at our roster and try to cherry pick. At the end of the day, that’s lazy recruiting on their part. They need to do a better job of recruiting in the off-season,” Guy said.
“If you get offered a contract, you can leave. But to go do tryouts, we’re not running a charity. At the end of the day, we want guys who are here and committed.”
It seems by interviewing with the Edmonton Eskimos for their vacant head coach job, Guy has forgotten about his comments regarding the three-down league while trying to advance his career in Canada.
Editor’s note: this article previously credited quotes to Arizona Central Sports. The correct source is the Arizona Republic.