Bombers QBs 'realistic'

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:37 PM ET

EDMONTON - Joey Elliott has taken a realistic viewpoint to the situation he’s been thrown into.

Popular mythology maintains the CFL is a quarterbacks’ league.

Yet, when neither of Saturday’s starters have any appreciable experience, the difference between winning and losing is likely to happen somewhere else.

“True, true,” said Elliott. “In the CFL, a lot of people think it’s supposed to be an offensive battle and a lot of points. There’s been games where we’ve been up 11-2 and people were kinda down on the sideline, but we were winning.

“You’ve got to take the game as it is. If it’s a defensive battle, it’s a defensive battle.”

Elliott only joined the Blue Bombers in late July and spend most of his previous 11 appearances as a clipboard holder.

That was until he was pressed into action last week.

Not that the other two QB’s wearing Blue can be mistaken for grizzled veterans. Justin Goltz and Zac Champion haven’t been in town long enough to figure out the difference between Portage and Main yet.

“You get anxious before the game,” said Elliott. “I hate pre-game warmup and I hate half-time. I like being out here because everything happens between the lines.”

Elliott is enough of a realist to understand he’ll need a little help from his friends.

“That’s a new quarterback’s dream,” said Elliott. “You want to be able to throw the ball to your playmakers and let them go the distance. You don’t ever want to put everything on you.”

Head coach Paul LaPolice likes what he sees in Elliott.

“He’s go a knack of seeing where people are on the field,” said LaPolice. “He locates the ball well. Last week, he really opened the players’ eyes. He makes quick decisions and puts people in a position to be successful.

“This is a great opportunity for him to be evaluated.”

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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