Been there, done that

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

It takes two good quarterbacks for a team to win in the CFL.

That saying is so common these days, it's almost cliche.

The statement may be true, but Henry Burris is glad he's been relatively unquestioned under centre for the Stamps this season.

His counterpart when the Stamps face the Lions Friday night in B.C. doesn't have that luxury.

Jarious Jackson is 4-2 as the Lions' starter so far, but head coach Wally Buono is quick to yank his pivot in favour of Buck Pierce when things aren't going as planned.

Sometimes even when the team is leading the game, as Buono showed in a win over the Edmonton Eskimos before the bye week.

"It was a pretty gutsy move," said former Lions signal-caller Dave Dickenson, who is a capable but clear-cut No. 2 in Calgary.

"Probably was good for them to have the off week and not have to deal with (a quarterback controversy in the media)."

Having played under Buono for nearly a decade in Calgary and then B.C., Dickenson is familiar with the coach's philosophies.

"I always felt pretty much that Wally had my back, and I was comfortable with his decisions, but I don't think Wally's hesitant," said Dickenson. "If he thinks they need a spark, or the quarterback is the one that is potentially not executing the offence, he will make a change if he has a capable guy backing him up.

"They've still got that."

Getting the nod from Buono despite being pulled in the last game, Jackson will start for the Lions Friday.

Dickenson knows both Jackson and Pierce well enough to figure the potential to ride the pine won't affect either one of them much.

"I really feel like as long as there's still some sort of pecking order, guys understand you need to play well to stay in there. To me, that's fair. I don't think there's any issues there," said Dickenson, who relieved an ineffective Jackson in the first half of last year's West Final.

"I pushed hard for Jarious to finish the first half. I felt like he had earned it. But they made a switch and brought me in at the end of the second quarter.

"I felt nothing from Jarious -- pouting or anything like that. That showed me what kind of guy he was."

In the same situation, Burris likely wouldn't pout, either.

Internally, though, the man who has thrown every pass but one for the Stamps this season would be irked.

"I don't like it," said Burris of the two-QB twitch. "Any quarterback wants to get in there and get into a rhythm. A mark of a good quarterback is how they play through adversity and how they bounce back.

"People say you can see things from the sidelines. You can, but you can't. If you are out there, you have a better feel of things. A quarterback is going to make mistakes. It depends on how you bounce back and make things happen. When you aren't given that chance, it can be frustrating."

Head coach John Hufnagel considered pulling Burris during a loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders at McMahon Stadium a few weeks ago, but gave it time and Burris rebounded to rally his team to within a point.

Neither Burris, nor Dickenson, were made aware of the move, but Burris loves the fact he's been allowed to correct his mistakes.

"This is the best way to have it," he said. "When you are living on the edge -- you are a play away from being on the bench -- it's not a good way for a quarterback to play. The No.-1 thing a quarterback needs is confidence, not only with the guys on the field, but from the people calling the plays on the sideline. You need to go out and make good decisions, but every once in a while you need the confidence to make a daring throw.

"That's what makes a great quarterback who he is."


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