Jones out of the fire

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

Khari Jones knows what it's like to be involved in a quarterback controversy.

Calgary's starting quarterback shared time with Kevin Glenn in Winnipeg before being dealt to the Calgary Stampeders last month.

As the undisputed No. 1 man in the Stampede City, Jones is glad he isn't part of the quarterback controversy currently brewing in B.C.

With 2000 CFL Most Outstanding Player Dave Dickenson out with a bad knee earlier this season, youngster Casey Printers has emerged as one of the league's premier pivots.

Ex-Stamps GM-head coach Wally Buono has a difficult decision to make now that both QBs are ready. Printers left the Lions game Sunday against the Montreal Alouettes but could play if needed.

"Every coach has a different opinion on it," said Jones, who will face the Lions Friday. "If the other guy's playing well and the team wants to use him, that's fine.

"But I think if a guy is doing the job and gets injured, then in some cases, he should get his job back. It's all about the coaches and what their philosophies are."

Historically, Buono has handed the starting job back to the established veteran. But with two QBs playing as well as Printers and Dickenson, a lot of coaches would love to be in Buono's spot. Jones isn't sure if it's a problem or a blessing.

"I think it's a little of both," he said. "They have two QBs who are proving themselves -- one this year and the other one over the years. As a coach, you're just trying to do what's best for the team."

Buono, it seems, can't make a bad decision but he'll need to make a choice and stick with it.

"My opinion is it's best to have a starter and go with him," Jones said. "As a quarterback, I like knowing where I stand, whether I'm starting, number two or number three.

"I want to feel comfortable and not be looking over my shoulder."

Defensive lineman Sheldon Napastuk said he doesn't know who he'll be chasing down at B.C. Place.

"That's a good question," he said. "We've seen Printers a couple of times already this season. He's a very mobile quarterback who makes a lot of plays after breaking contain.

"But we've handled him well both times we played him."

The Stamps pounded Printers in twice this season. Napastuk said the Lions shouldn't throw Dickenson into the fire against the Red and White's physical front.

"Dave is a great reader. He gets the ball off well," he said. "But I'm not sure they want to put Dave out there against us. (The Argos) put Damon Allen in there the other day and he had some success but took a pounding.

"I don't know if they want Dave to take that pounding."

Dickenson came on late in Sunday's game in Montreal and led the Lions on a game-winning drive in the final minute. But Napastuk doesn't think the ex-Stamp is completely healthy.

"You can see Dave isn't 100 percent although he went out (against Montreal) and executed like you'd expect Dave Dickenson to execute. But you don't want to start a controversy. If I was B.C., I'd start Casey if he's healthy."


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