Quarterback hand size not a concern for Stamps’ QB coach Marc Mueller due to legendary grandfather Ron Lancaster

The NFL Combine is upon us and that can mean only one thing: endless debate over quarterback hand size.

The saga of highly-regarded passers with tiny mitts dominates the news cycle each and every March, with the projected top quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft, Kenny Pickett, and his 8 1/2 inch gloves being the latest source of controversy.

Some believe that small hands are a detriment in cold and wet weather conditions and a red flag for potential ball control issues, while others contend it means absolutely nothing in projecting a player’s potential pro success. You can count Marc Mueller among that second group.

“I think it’s one of those things that it might be a nice thing to put on a site or talk about because you need the hit or whatever it is, but I don’t think it’s a big issue or anything like that,” the Calgary Stampeders’ quarterbacks coach said on the Rod Pedersen Show Friday.

Hand size has rarely been brought up as a vocal concern in CFL coverage. While information isn’t available on the size of Bo Levi Mitchell’s arm forks, fellow Stamps’ quarterbacks Jake Maier and Tommy Stevens measure in at 9 1/8 inches and 9 1/2 inches respectively.

Former Stampeders’ backup Nick Arbuckle has 9 1/8 inch hands, while Ticats’ starter Dane Evans tops those with available data a 9 3/4 inches. B.C.’s Nathan Rourke has the smallest mitts of any projected starter at just 8 3/4 inches.

For Mueller, any debate over hand size makes him think about an interaction he once had with Hall of Famer George Reed and his grandfather, legendary CFL quarterback Ron Lancaster.

“When I was like 12, I came to Calgary for a game to watch the Ticats play. When I think of hand size, this is the first thing that comes to mind. George Reed lived here and we went for supper,” Mueller recalled.

“It was me, George, my dad Larry, and my grandpa Ron, and George goes, ‘Oh, you’re playing football, good for you’ and all this stuff. He says, ‘What position are you playing?’ I go, ‘Actually, I’m playing quarterback.’ ‘Oh, come on, your hands aren’t big enough!’ And then Lancaster puts his hands up and we had very similar hands and George makes a joke, ‘That’s exactly what I’m talking about!'”

Checking in at just five-foot-ten and 185 pounds, it’s not surprising that ‘The Little General’ had hands comparable to a 12-year-old’s. Yet it didn’t prevent him from throwing for 50,535 yards, taking home two Most Outstanding Player awards and walking into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as arguably the most iconic player in Roughriders’ history.

Like his grandfather, Mueller went on to be a record-setting quarterback at the University of Regina without any trouble from his baby hands. Measured at the 2011 CFL Combine, he can hardly recall what was recorded.

“I want to say I looked it up a year or two ago and I think it was around nine inches, but I don’t even remember how they measured it,” Mueller said.

Far more important traits propelled him and his grandfather to success, and that’s a lesson that will continue to be applied in Calgary’s quarterback room.