Monday, 30 July 2012

Should the Montreal Alouettes consider resting Anthony Calvillo this week?

As the Montreal Alouettes prepare for their road game versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, could  head coach Marc Trestman consider resting quarterback Anthony Calvillo?

Some may believe this move to be blasphemous, and should never ever be considered. But so far, in the first five weeks of the season, Calvillo has suffered many unwanted hits that could have resulted him being in more pain than he is leading on.

Furthermore, even though the team has stumbled to a 2-3 record, win or lose they're still within range of first place coming back from their bye week.

Even though the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Toronto Argonauts hold an early tiebreaker advantage over the Alouettes, Montreal could make up for lost ground when they will face these two teams a combined four more times during the season.

As for Calvillo's long term health it is nearly impossible to predict if he will suffer a serious injury later on in the season.

But after their bye week, the Alouettes will play 12 consecutive games with the potential of three more playoffs games. This could add up to four straight months of football for the soon to be 40 year old quarterback.

Moreover, if Calvillo were to sit out Friday's game, it would enable his backup Adrian McPherson to get valuable repetitions in this current tough situation. It would be a great litmus test to see if McPherson has the tangibles needed to be the heir apparent to the Calvillo's position, and garner a long-term deal from the Alouettes.

This scenario seems unlikely, but for the future goal of the Alouettes to potentially make a deep Grey Cup run, they will need their most important player in Calvillo to be 100 percent healthy.

Otherwise, this could end up being the ultimate mental and physical test he has ever had to endure in his career.

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