Alouettes ready to start over

Troy Smith is favourite to start camp as the top QB on the Montreal Alouettes depth chart after...

Troy Smith is favourite to start camp as the top QB on the Montreal Alouettes depth chart after Anthony Calvillo's retirement. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:59 PM ET

There was always one constant in Montreal, one of the main reasons why the Als competed for as long as they did, one key presence who always made the team worthy of Grey Cup consideration.

In three-down football, teams are only as good as their Canadian talent and depth while no team will win a championship or be in the hunt for a title without a quality quarterback.

In Anthony Calvillo, the Als would always begin any season with a head start, a calming presence, a proven winner whose absence will now be filled by either Troy Smith or Tanner Marsh.

The Als got a glimpse of life without A.C. during last year’s season of upheaval and injury, a crash-and-burn kind of football experience that featured a rookie CFL head coach, but a stout defence that would rank among the best.


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