Two quarterbacks entered the 101st Grey Cup with questions about their ability to win the big one. Only one answered them.
Darian Durant and Henry Burris each had reputations for fading when the lights shine brightest heading into the championship game a couple weeks ago; Durant left hoisting the Grey Cup while Burris left to an uncertain off-season.
To his credit the 38-year-old Burris has a Grey Cup ring won as a starter with the Calgary Stampeders in 2008, but his time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats has thus far amounted to big stats and small tangible results.
The Tiger-Cats now have to make a decision on Burris, a pending free agent. Does general manager and head coach Kent Austin think Burris can lead the black and gold to a Grey Cup win with a few roster tinkers at other positions, or is he better off cutting his loses and building toward a championship with someone younger at QB?
If he chooses the latter, the Tiger-Cats should expect a period of regression. Dan Lefevour has shown potential during his brief stints behind centre in Hamilton the past year, and the team also boasts young promising arms in Jeremiah Masoli, Brain Brohm, and Stephen McGee, but none of those guys could be expected to put up Burris-like numbers – leading the league in passing the past two years – right out of the gate.
If Austin is unconvinced Burris will ever be his championship quarterback, and one of the aforementioned young QBs could grow into that role, he may decide to move on from the former Most Outstanding Player.
The decision could also ultimately be a numbers one. Burris will be 39-years-old next season and likely won't come cheap with the resume he's amassed in his 14 years in the league.
Burris has stated this off-season he wants to return to Hamilton. Is the feeling mutual?
The Rouge asks: Should the Tiger-Cats re-sign Henry Burris? As always, it's Your! Call.