Als coach plays Popp goes the quarterback

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:33 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 -- in the dark.

When asked if Brady would get the 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."

Brady has made two straight starts for the Als, who are 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. "The bottom line? You may see both (Brady and Maas today)."

Popp then went a step further, but was clearly joking.

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

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

"Our receiving corps needed to be better than what they were (last week). "But part of that is we had players learning some positions."

EXTRA POINTS

WR Ben Cahoon will return today from a chest injury.


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