Barker rips CFLs QB rules


, 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 dont get a fair shake in the Canadian Football League.

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

In Barkers 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.

Its a little different, but its the way the rules are, Brannagan said. Im just excited to dress in my first CFL game. I realize I am not out of place.