Insider Talk: Banjo Bowl challenge, cap circumvention, CFL’s most expensive secondary

Insider Talk is a weekly feature on 3DownNation that features 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.

This week’s Insider Talk is full of discussion of Ottawa’s quarterbacking, Saskatchewan’s challenge in the Banjo Bowl, the CFL’s most expensive secondary, and the most convenient way for teams to circumvent the salary camp.

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

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The problem with (Ottawa Redblacks’ quarterback) Dominique Davis has always been that long delivery. It just takes him too long to make the throws and that leads to poor timing and interceptions.




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Saskatchewan should have won that challenge (for defensive pass interference before halftime of the Banjo Bowl). That puts them first-and-goal from the four-yard line and they probably score to lead at the half. Then it’s a completely different game.

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If I was in charge of a CFL team and wanted to circumvent the cap by paying players under the table, I’d do it using the money I made from merchandise sales. It’s easy to mask how that money is used.

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Ottawa should have signed (Edmonton Elks’ quarterback) Dakota Prukop after Calgary cut him in training camp. He’s got a higher ceiling than anyone they have there.

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(Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ running back) Sean Thomas-Erlington caught lightning in a bottle in 2019. He’s still a good player, but they’d get more out of that spot from Don Jackson.

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We never scratch the same player for weeks and weeks on end. That’s how guys check out and start mailing it in in practice. We constantly rotate who sits to avoid that.

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We really need to start having more contact in practice. It’s just so tough to develop your linemen. You should have seen the rookies when I told them we wouldn’t be hitting after training camp. They thought I was joking.

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(Calgary Stampeders’ head coach) Dave Dickenson said that his team spends more on defensive backs than any other team but that’s not true. Saskatchewan spends the most.

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