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Riders Need to Move on From Fine, Make Patterson QB2

Published: Monday, May 27th 2024, 6:05am

By Alex Dormuth (@RealAlexD)


One of the biggest stories in the Riders offseason has been around who will be the most popular player on the team. Of course, here in Riderville, that is the backup quarterback. No one is taking Trevor Harris’ job, but it’s time for Roughrider brass to move on from the Mason Fine experiment. Harris’ backup should be and needs to be Shea Patterson.


Patterson has outplayed Fine in both preseason games this year and yes, I know Fine was nicked up and hurt in the first game last Monday against Winnipeg. Too bad. What are the sayings? You can’t make the tub in the club and the best ability is availability. Not that Fine is a walking bandaid, because he’s not, but Patterson has been able to show the coaching staff his stuff in both preseason games. And he looked good in both of them. 


Against Winnipeg, Patterson had the offense moving and was a big factor in the dominating win. Against Edmonton, though it was the turnovers that did the Elks in, Patterson moved the ball down the field when he needed to to get the team the winning points. There’s just more upside to having Shea Patterson as QB2 than there is with Fine.


I think we’ve seen everything from Mason Fine already. In must win games in 2022 after taking over from Cody Fajardo, the team was awful against Calgary and Fine couldn’t get the job done. In 2023, he was beat out in preseason again by another QB, Jake Dolegala, but somehow kept his backup role. He nearly orchestrated a miracle win over Calgary at Mosaic Stadium, but you can thank Mario Alford and a brutal 3rd down defensive play by the Stamps for that one. Then Fine got hurt and never reclaimed his job as Dolegala was the guy for the rest of the season.


Mason Fine is a capable backup for someone in the CFL and nothing more. And there’s nothing wrong with that, I don’t mean that as a shot against him. But Shea Patterson has shown that he has the potential to be more. Maybe not a franchise guy, but a guy that can come in and make some plays, keep the team in games and win some of those games. And if something were to happen to Trevor Harris again, I have much more faith in Patterson than I do in Fine.


Time to move on from Fine when final cuts come in on Saturday, June 1st and anoint Patterson as the most popular person in Saskatchewan. I’m sure Coffee Row would be happy!


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