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Guelph, Ont. Monday’s walkthrough did not provide any clues.

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Closed practice on Tuesday confirmed that Calgary Stampeders coach, Dave Dickinson, can keep his plans at quarterback near the jacket.

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Will he stay with veteran Bo Levi Mitchell after being pulled in the first half of Saturday night’s win over the Toronto Argonauts.

Or will Stamps go ahead with Jake Meyer behind the middle? While Meyer didn’t look like Doug Flute’s second-half comeback against Argus, the Stamp attack moved the ball better with the 25-year-old in the middle and won 22-19.

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“I’ve a plan, so we’ll simply comply with by means of,” Dickinson said.

You wouldn’t expect him to say much more than that.

It is undoubtedly a uniquely difficult decision for the head coach.

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While the offense may seem distant—including the connection between Mitchell and two of his receivers—it’s worth noting that the stamps are 6-3. It’s not like they’re in the middle of a crisis of some kind.

And if you’re going to compare Mitchell and Meyer’s numbers from Saturday night, there isn’t much difference.

Mayer completed 14 of 18 passes for 156 yards. He made one objection.

Mitchell completed 9 of 16 passes for 149 yards, but threw two interceptions. Notably, 80 yards from passing yards came at the start of the game.

The Stampeders moved the ball better against the Argonauts on Saturday with Jake Maier in the middle.
The Stampeders moved the ball better against the Argonauts on Saturday with Jake Maier in the middle. Photo by Azeen Al Ghafari /Post Media

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The ball wasn’t moving well in the first half, which is what prompted Dickinson to pull 32-year-old Mitchell and go with the younger one.

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It’s clearly a decision Mitchell wasn’t thrilled about, but he didn’t complain about.

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“Yeah, I know I might be in this situation someday to make that decision,” Mitchell said. “Dave was in this position, too, I understand that from his point of view, my view is obviously different, but I should do better on my part and not even take that into account.

“I would have been more upset if we had lost, for us it was a big win, especially going into this (Thursday against Winnipeg Blue Bombers). This is going to be tough.”

Whether the opponent or the nature of the stamp having a short week to prepare for the two-time Gray Cup champion had any bearing on Dickinson’s decision is unknown.

With only a day of training between Saturday’s win over the Argos and Thursday’s game with the Bombers, having a veteran player like Mitchell who knows the system inside and out is definitely an advantage.

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He’s also played well in both of his previous games with the Bombers this year, even if the stamps lost both games.

There is certainly a strong and compelling argument for keeping it at first, no matter what the trolls think. This is the Stampeders’ all-time leader in passing yards, after all, and the only quarterback to win two Gray Cups as a team starter.

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It looks like stamps back Cadim Curry and receiver Malik Henry could be available for Thursday’s match. That’s not a guarantee, but Dickinson said they’re close… If Henry gets back into the lineup, Stamps think there’s a way he and Sean Penn could play it. They’ll need to know the ratio, but Bane and Henry were arguably the team’s best receiver… Defensive Titus Wall appeared in boots and on crutches for Monday’s tour. It doesn’t look like his injury will end his season, but don’t expect him to come back right away.

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