Insider Talk: Michael O’Connor replaces Bo, Montreal’s debut, Roosevelt to Ottawa?

This week’s Insider Talk is full of discussion on Canadian quarterback Michael O’Connor, Ottawa’s decision not to sign Naaman Roosevelt, and Montreal’s performance coming off their Week 1 bye.

Insider Talk includes anonymous quotes from people around the CFL — players, coaches, personnel people, executives, and agents — regarding the latest news around the league. It’s a combination of insight, analysis, rumours, and friendly gossip.

Enjoy this week’s quotes and come back next Wednesday for another edition of Insider Talk.

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I’ve watched a lot of (Calgary Stampeders’ quarterback) Michael O’Connor. I think he’ll do well (replacing an injured Bo Levi Mitchell), especially with Dave (Dickenson) calling plays for him. He’ll do a good job.




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Montreal had an advantage not playing Week 1. They had film on everybody and nobody had anything on them. Barron Miles is a first-time defensive coordinator — nobody really knew what he’s going to do.

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I heard Ottawa was going to sign Naaman Roosevelt but Paul LaPolice didn’t want him.

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People forget that (Saskatchewan Roughriders’ defensive end) A.C. Leonard still hasn’t been playing defensive line for that long. He’s already one of the league’s better pass-rushers, but I think he could be truly elite.

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Did you know that Darvin Adams is Winnipeg’s fourth-highest-paid receiver? He’s not making much less than the top guy but there are three receivers ahead of him.

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What B.C.’s coaching staff did to Nathan Rourke (in Week 1) was unfair. Asking him to make his first career start in front of a sold out Mosaic Stadium in Week 1 was ridiculous. Unless [Michael Reilly]’s arm is literally falling off, you start him and go to Rourke later in the game.

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Usually when problems come up you can fix them quickly. This year’s different. There’s a million roadblocks — smaller budgets, paperwork at the border, mandatory quarantines. I’m hoping like hell that we stay mostly healthy.

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Winnipeg was smart to bring in (veteran placekicker) Tyler Crapigna. If he kicks well, great. If he stinks, you give the job to (Marc) Liegghio once he’s had a chance to build his confidence.

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