'Gades await pivotal move

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

Greg Marshall's not sure what Greg Marshall is going to do.

He does realize, however, that the Renegades could very well be looking at a quarterback they've never seen before when they face Hamilton on Friday.

"I'm sure whichever one they use, their game plan will be structured to what he does best," Marshall, the Renegades defensive co-ordinator, said of the decision facing Marshall, the Ticats coach. "We've talked about the different scenarios we know of .... we're just going to have to hit it on the fly."

Officially eliminated from playoff contention last week, the Ticats have rookie signal callers Kevin Eakin and Jon Beutjer to consider in thinking of their 2006 plans. Eakin, who Marshall considers the best QB prospect he has seen in Hamilton, joined the team after a strong showing at the New York Jets camp. Beutjer is a 6-foot-5, 217-pounder former Illinois Illini who has impressed with his speed and ability to throw the ball.

The Ticats have not made public who they plan to start when they attempt to spoil the Renegades' playoffs hopes, but it figures they would want to get a look at one or both of the newcomers under game conditions. Especially so, given that they have flip-flopped between veterans Danny McManus (12 starts this season) and Marcus Brady (three) in their last two games.

McManus was rendered ineffective by the Renegades defence in the first half of Ottawa's 43-21 win here Oct. 7. Brady replaced him in the second half and helped the team to 18 points, but he was yanked and replaced by Danny Mac after three struggling quarters last week in Calgary.

The Renegades, who need a win at Ivor Wynne to keep alive their slim playoff hopes, expect to see more of flashy import tailback Howard Jackson, although highly touted Canadian Jesse Lumsden should get ample opportunity in his first home start in the Hamilton backfield.

"We can't get hung up on (the Ticats personnel decisions)," said Marshall. "All their wins have been at home ... we have to expect whoever is on the field will play well."

EXTRA POINTS: The Renegades are expected to remain quiet as today's CFL trade deadline comes and goes. "Right now, we don't have anything in the oven," said VP of football operations Forrest Gregg, who turned 72 years young yesterday. Added coach and GM Joe Paopao: "The people you'd want are on somebody's team that's doing well. We're going to go with this crew. We're going to take this gal to the dance." .... OT Reggie Nelson and WR Frank Cutolo have filed grievances stating they were injured when released by the Renegades. Forget that neither were too sore to keep from playing had the team wanted to dress them. This is a common practice in the CFL, where teams rarely break even financially and never win such grievances.


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