Bo Levi Mitchell ‘frustrated’ with benching but believes Jake Maier will play ‘great, winning football’ for Stampeders

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Calgary Stampeders’ quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has spoken out on Instagram after being benched in favour of Jake Maier.

I am obviously frustrated with the decision, any competitor would be. But.. I am a member of this team and I am not above coaching or criticism. I believe in Jake and believe he will play great, winning football. I’Il take the time to look at what I can do to make myself better which will ultimately make us a better team. I will be back on the field.

Mitchell was pulled at halftime of last week’s game against Toronto Argonauts after completing 9-of-16 pass attempts for 149 yards and two interceptions. He has since been relegated to a backup role as Jake Maier has been confirmed as the starter for Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The 32-year-old threw for over 275 yards in three of his first four starts this season but has struggled since, averaging just 179.6 yards per start over the past five games. He has thrown for 2,010 yards this season along with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.

Maier entered this past week’s game after halftime and completed 14-of-18 pass attempts for 156 yards and one interception, helping lead Calgary to a come-from-behind win. His start this week will be his first of the season.

The UC Davis product started three games as a rookie in 2021 while Mitchell was out due to a leg injury. He threw for 939 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions over those games, becoming the first quarterback in CFL history to throw for 300 yards in each of his first three starts.

The Stampeders current sit third in the West Division with a 6-3 record.