The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are going to a two-quarterback system.
For this week, at least.
Head coach Mike Kelly announced yesterday that Michael Bishop will start on Sunday in Montreal against the Alouettes, but Casey Bramlet, who arrived in Winnipeg only a week ago, will likely get playing time as well ahead of backup Bryan Randall.
"Going into that atmosphere, that venue, we need somebody that has experience going in there," Kelly said of Bishop.
"But Casey got equal snaps today, and we'll get him out on the field and see what he can do."
Kelly, who said quarterbacking has been the team's biggest problem this season, isn't sure exactly how his two-QB system will work at Molson Stadium.
"There's obviously two ways to go," he said. "You put it within structure and you say 'OK, the third series or the fourth series or the start of the second quarter Casey goes in there.' Or we go by gut."
Of course, if Bishop gets rolling there won't be a switch. The only catch is he has yet to get rolling. His record is 2-4, and he has thrown three touchdowns against nine interceptions.
Bishop completed only nine of 21 attempts for 98 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's 55-10 Banjo Bowl loss.
Bishop, who needed some prodding to speak to the media yesterday, said all the right things.
"I consider myself a team player," Bishop said. "Regardless if it's me, Casey or Bryan, the quarterback's job is to go out there and be productive. If you're put in good situations, you have a chance to be productive and do it.
"... I believe in myself. I believe in the talent that I bring to the team if put in the right situations. ... This week, with things that we're going to try to do, it's a better opportunity."
Bramlet, sporting a welt on his non-throwing arm from an unfriendly wasp, has jumped into the playbook and believes he has 80 to 85% of it locked upstairs.
"Now it's just taking the mental part and transferring it onto the field with the footwork, the wider field, the different angles -- just kind of putting that together," he said. "That's the stuff that will take a little more time.
"... All I can do is just go in, go through my reads and stick to my reads. The plays that we have, they work as long as you stick with your progressions, go through your reads and make the accurate throw."