Riders’ Vernon Adams chirps Alouettes over QB ineptitude

The Montreal Alouettes have certainly had their issues at quarterback since Anthony Calvillo called it quits almost four years ago but as former Als’ pivot Vernon Adams rightly points out, some of it is of their own doing.

After TSN’s Moe Khan tweeted out a list of the quarterbacks who have started for Montreal since Calvillo retired, Adams responded with an astute observation.


Adams won all three games he started for Montreal in 2016, beating the Riders, Stampeders and Ticats. The young pivot served as the backup to Darian Durant in seven games last season before the Alouettes traded him to Saskatchewan. Adams is the third-string and short yardage and goal line quarterback for the Riders.

At the moment, Adams has more starting experience than any quarterback the Alouettes currently have under contract for 2018.


49 Comments on Riders’ Vernon Adams chirps Alouettes over QB ineptitude

  1. Rider fan // January 16, 2018 at 3:23 pm //

    Players need to concentrate on there own business. Mitchel comments on manzeil Adams on Montreal. Are two quick examples. The media asks questions but could steer to there own issues I guess makes for conversations.

    • Kaptain beyond // January 16, 2018 at 6:08 pm //

      Dude, learn to write.

    • Agree – grammar is ridiculous. It really helps if you learn one of our official languages.

      • Dude – This is a football site, you can’t expect posters to learn proper language!!

        • Blue rules // January 17, 2018 at 10:05 am //

          Jill, if educated (grade 6 or better) the posters shouldn’t need to learn proper language, they should have already been taught… and as far using proper language skills, why not

  2. bring him back

  3. Alouettes remind me of those expansion teams from the US …..discombobulated, disorganized, with no prior history, knowledge or connection with the CFL game

  4. The Crompton thing always puzzled me. All he did was win football games while being relatively inexperienced. With time, he could have been a pretty decent (or better) QB. I know he got hurt in the first game of the year in 2015 that ended his season … but he got no opportunity after that and was completely written off by the Als (just like Adams).

    • I didn’t see any other team rushing to sign him when he became available. He just luck out on a lot of those wins. He might get a touchdown or the concessional two with help from the RB & strong defense at the time but mostly he’d be struggling to advance the ball up the field.

    • Sure Crompton won in 2014 … eight times in total where three wins were against the 2-16 expansion RedBlacks and only two wins were against above 0.500 teams.

      Throw in that the Montreal defense was stellar that year so that Crompton did not have to do much.

      The 2015 first game injury was not season ending as he played three games. The bigger problem was that Cato being a third string QB, new to the CFL rookie posted against Calgary an 80% rating, 245 yards and three TDs. This likely convinced the HC there was more upside to Cato.

      Throw in the references to multiple injuries in 2015 and the acquisition of Glenn late in 2015, bumping Crompton further away from being starter.

    • Have to wonder why nobody gave him a chance after the Als though. Was it his injuries? Or more than that?

      • My guess is a combination of low completion percentages with almost even TD to INT, before he was injured. Then injuries.

  5. Bring back our Als // January 16, 2018 at 3:44 pm //

    After the Adams trade the Als never won again, the Vernon Adams curse
    He has would have been better than Willy

    • I agree way better choice than Willy but Adam Jr., a good running quarterback never really did much with the throwing game even in Rider town when he got the chance. Although I wouldn’t mind taking another chance on him in Montreal if Freeman stinks up the joint.

    • BleedsGreen // January 16, 2018 at 7:18 pm //

      Lol…sure…that’s it. Had nothing to do with the crazy injuries, disfunctional coaching staff and lack of depth. Hey Dunk now that DD is not there, I heard that Chapdelaine wouldn’t allow QBs to speak during meetings (ask questions, clarification or feedback) can you ask him?

  6. BigRedMachine // January 16, 2018 at 3:54 pm //

    Still crossing my fingers hoping that Riders find Adams expendable and my Stamps pick him up to backup Bo.

    • Buckley’s better … DD is completely sold on Buckley and he knows his ways around QBs.

      • Habsnriders // January 16, 2018 at 4:39 pm //

        Oh ya Buckley looked awesome in the loss to the riders after Mitchell got chased as the starter

      • BigRedMachine // January 16, 2018 at 5:02 pm //

        Think Buckley regressed last year. Willing to give him another chance but my expectations are greatly decreased. IMHO time to move on.

  7. Buckley is better? C’mon man.

  8. Scottsask // January 16, 2018 at 4:17 pm //

    You may get your wish, we’ll see how he fares in mini camp this spring. The Riders have 2 more prospects they’re quite high on not including Collaros and Bridge.

  9. Buckley is god awful!! Just like the cough syrup! lol

  10. habbernack // January 16, 2018 at 4:29 pm //

    Kavis Reed = Marc Bergevin

  11. how does Kavis Reed keep getting promoted. He has been less then thrilling in every position he has been in at the CFL level. It seems each time instead of getting fired he gets promoted. He was a lousy coach and somehow ends up as a GM, WOW.

    • Habsnriders // January 16, 2018 at 4:42 pm //

      Must be a good interview tells them what want to hear

    • Kavis Reed was promoted because the Alouettes had to go “in house” for their GM. The reason for that was ownership’s insistence that Calvillo was the future of this team on the sidelines, even though he was completely incompetent as a coach. No GM prospect would accept the job on those terms, just as no HC prospect would when Popp became HC 3 years ago.

      I’m glad the Wetenhall’s finally came to their senses. It’s unfortunate they have forced their fans to endure such cr*ppy football in the process.

      What I don’t get is what Reed is still doing here? Why hire an entire new regime at the coaching position, and keep one of the most incompetent elements of the last regime?

      • BleedsGreen // January 16, 2018 at 7:20 pm //

        Spin your bs buddy. You know SFA

        • True. Some of his theories are truly tinfoil hat territory.

          Guy often gets himself banned and somehow thinks it’s because he speaking the uncomfortable truth. In reality, it’s just that the theories do not add up. For example, saying that no GM prospect wanted the job in Montreal. Not really. Brock Sunderland and Danny Maciocia are among those would have accepted the GM position in Montreal if offered.

          • Idk about that, Maciocia has declined to even interview for the HC job in Montreal the last 2 years in a row.

  12. Again these 3dwn Nation writers are so disrespectful with their topic headlines and writing . How is Vernon ‘CHIRPING’ the Al’s organization , all he did was respond with facts to information put out by yet another professional blogger wanting attention. Journalism has become nothing more then garbage TMZ style trash talking and internet trolling !!! Shame on todays current crop of journalists claiming to be professional !!! Most would make the Pavoratzi be embarresed by their lack of edicate!

  13. Wow… everyone bickering! When the team is struggling, QB’s get the hook fast and furious. Hence, no development. Of all those QBs that Adams listed, not one of them with the exception of Bridge ever did anything. Popp never did develop QBs under Calvillo. This is the real problem. We all knew that when Calvillo retired, they never had a decent backup. Popp built the team – Popp ruined the team.

    • While Popp was HC for a bit … HC Trestman made that decision for a lot longer.

      Or are you saying that HC Trestman played the QB that GM Popp told him to?

      • It’s Trestman’s job to work look at the talent pool available and put the best QB in at the time on the roster. Calvillo was every time – so Trestman put him in. However, it was Popp’s job to scout and develop new ones… he did not do this. And, when he tried coaching, it all went south.

        • … and when the game was long over on the score board but not the clock – why wasn’t Calvillo on the bench with a backup QB getting some live game experience?

          If the HC never plays the backup QBs, how is a GM going to “develop” any other QB?

  14. Edward Leslie // January 16, 2018 at 9:27 pm //

    Oil guy, Buckley is NOT terrible. He had one ineffective game. He’s a tremendous talent, and is one of the youngest players in the CFL. You don’t build a great organization by disposing young talent after one bad outing. He’ll impress even you in 2018. Wait and see.
    habbernack: I agree with you about Kavis Reed. A better comparison would be with Kevin Lowe. Awful coach for the Edmonton Oilers, then inexplicably became the team’s General Manager… and was even worse. Then became Team President and proceeded to trash fans who weren’t season ticket holders and later tried a “friendly” presentation to fans, with a picture of him in a NEW YORK RANGERS jersey (Not Oilers) in the background. Totally clueless, just like Kavis Reed!

    • What’s he gonna impress with? 3rd down sneaks or handoffs? Hard to gain any real experience or impress anyone when you never play.

    • What Montreal is doing with Kavis Reed is also very similar to what Edmonton did with Danny Maciocia.

  15. Bo gets hurt stamps r done ,Sask has no QB they got 4 backups Winnipeg has Nichols who has never won abig playoff game BC has 2 backups Edm only team in West with strong QBs should be interesting in the west

    • Lmao, Sask has all kinds of qb’s. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if, like has happened many times before with Glenn, the starting qb in Edmonton gets a season-ending injury and Glenn plays the rest of the year.

  16. Montreal was hoping that Vernon Adams would be their franchise QB. That faded away the more they saw him throw. Last preseason with the Alouettes, Adams’ QB rating was 34 as he threw 3 picks. Who throws 3 interceptions in practice games? Jacory Harris had a higher preseason QB rating but never took a regular season snap. So did raw rookie Matthew Shiltz.

    In Saskatchewan, Chris Jones never used Adams in their regular offense. Whenever Adams was in, the Riders ran the Wilcat with Adams almost always running the ball himself.

    Milt Stegall even called Adams “Not a CFL Quarterback.”

  17. Speaking as a Rider fan I would agree with that. Dude is like 5’6”, I haven’t seen him do anything impressive yet, but I’m willing to give him 1 more training camp. Still think he might be the odd man out though. Time will tell.

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