The mystery deepens

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Jim Popp is trying very hard to create a quarterback mystery.

The Montreal Alouettes head coach is apparently leaving pivot Marcus Brady - the expected starter for this afternoon, according to the media - in the dark.

When asked if he's going to start today against the Edmonton Eskimos at Percival Molson Stadium, Brady replied yesterday: "It hasn't been confirmed yet. I guess I find out (today) when I walk into the stadium."

CHOICES, CHOICES

Brady has made two straight starts for the Als - sporting a 1-1 record since Anthony Calvillo hit the shelf with a rotator cuff injury.

With Calvillo not dressing today - but expected back next week - Popp's other choices are Jason Maas or Brad Banks.

Common sense dictates Brady will start because of his vast familiarity with the offence. But Popp kept the media in the dark at his press conference yesterday.

"If I tell you, then you tell the opposition," said Popp to the group of reporters.

"I mean, it is that simple.

"The bottom line you may see both guys (Brady and Maas today)."

Popp then went a step further, but was clearly starting to joke around.

"You may see all three (today) - doing three different offences: drop back, play action and option," he remarked.

Popp doesn't entirely blame Brady for the ugly 47-28 loss last week in Edmonton.

"Marcus last week was not as sharp as he was the week before," said Popp, referring to Brady's win in his first start on Sept. 9 in a 32-14 Alouette win.

"But he didn't play a terrible football game."

Brady completed just eight passes last week at Commonwealth Stadium before being yanked for Maas.

"There was a miscommunication on the route - he threw the ball where he needed to - on the touchdown interception (by Jason Goss)," continued Popp.

"Our receiving core needed to be better than what they were (last week).

"But part of that is that we had players learning some positions and moving them around - (stuff) they hadn't even done before.

"We were forced into that when Ben Cahoon went down (and didn't play last week)."

CAHOON'S BACK

Cahoon will return today from his chest injury. But given Calvillo's reign at quarterback for several years in this city, Cahoon and Brady don't have very much chemistry between them.

EXTRA POINT: A Montreal subway car provided the scene for a true CFL moment yesterday afternoon.

After the Eskimos' media conference at Olympic Stadium, the few Green and Gold players and coaches in attendance headed back to downtown with the small group of Edmonton reporters.

But Maas also joined the crew.

In the back of the subway car, two opposing quarterbacks - Ricky Ray and Maas - chatted away.

There were actually three quarterbacks on the train - all from different points in Eskimo history - as TSN's Danny McManus was also on board.


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