Barker rips CFL’s QB rules

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:27 PM ET

TORONTO - Argonauts head coach Jim Barker went on a lengthy rant about the fact that Canadian quarterbacks such as Danny Brannagan don’t get a fair shake in the Canadian Football League.

Brannagan, a native of Burlington, has been activated from the practice roster and will be Toronto’s third-string quarterback, as Ken Dorsey backs up Dalton Bell.

In Barker’s perfect world, a Canadian quarterback would be included among the 20 roster spots that are held for non-imports. Barker once ran a football school in Calgary and got upset each time a young Canadian quarterback told him he wanted to change position so he could one day play in the CFL.

“I believe that there is an easy fix, that if you just count the Canadian quarterback as a Canadian, then we can give him the same advantage as a linebacker and a lineman and a wide receiver who are Canadian,” Barker said.

“Somebody is going to come to the Rogers Centre and see Danny Brannagan in warmup and say, ‘Maybe someday I can play quarterback.’ That is important.”

Brannagan, met with reporters before Barker spoke, but likely would have agreed.

“It’s a little different, but it’s the way the rules are,” Brannagan said. “I’m just excited to dress in my first CFL game. I realize I am not out of place.”


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