The Ottawa Redblacks sit at 2-8 with 4 games remaining in the 2021 CFL season. After going 3-15 in 2019 and what looks to be a similar outcome in 2021, a rebuild may be upon us, but would you really call it a rebuild? They have all of the right pieces, and it’s been demonstrated time after time this season. Players like Ryan Davis, De’Lance Turner, Caleb Evans, Avery Williams, R.J Harris, Kenny Stafford, Nate Behar, Sherrod Baltimore, Abdul Kanneh, Avery Ellis, Davon Coleman, Praise Martin-Oguike, Brandin Dandridge, DeVonte Dedmon, Lewis Ward, Richie Leone, Micah Awe and Don Unamba are proven winners. They get the job done. Success is bound to come when players like that are on your team, but with 12 players on the field at a time and coaches making a number of decisions alongside the players, it is a lot more complex than just having a list of good players. That is something the Redblacks’ and their fan base has come to realize this season, and that is why, instead of cleaning the house moving into the 2022 CFL season, the Redblacks should keep who they have on the field and add firepower and proven athletes to the mix.
That is what looks to be done within the Ottawa Redblacks organization as they continue to make moves prior to the end of the 2021 CFL season. On Tuesday the Redblacks announced the signing of quarterback Tom Flacco. The addition of Joe Flacco’s brother, Tom, a Townson product and former Saskatchewan Roughrider gives the Redblacks 6 quarterbacks on their current roster. Caleb Evans, Taryn Christion, Devlin Hodges, Dominique Davis, Matt Nichols and Tom Flacco are all listed as Redblacks quarterbacks now. Flacco threw for 2,831 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior at Townson while even playing on the school’s baseball team. He then went undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft and spent the 2021 CFL training camp with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He has since been a free agent and coming to Ottawa he looks to make his name onto the team’s roster moving forward into the future. At 26 years old he has a lot left in the tank, however the rest of the room is young as well. Caleb Evans is 23 years old, Taryn Christion is 24 years old and Devlin Hodges is 25 years old.