Ottawa Renegades

Kerry Joseph - Quarterback- 2003-05 - McNeese State

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Eskimos' Kerry Joseph has found success with strong spirit - John MacKinnon - Postmedia News 08-29-2012

EDMONTON – Joseph came to the attention of then Ottawa Renegades general manager Eric Tillman when the graduate of McNeese State University was a free safety with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks in the late 1990s.

Tillman brought Joseph to Ottawa as a free agent in 2003 and — such was the sorry state of things in Ottawa — gave him a shot at QB.

Whatever success that dismal expansion franchise had was largely attributable to Joseph, who established himself as a bona fide QB in Ottawa, even as the franchise foundered and folded.

In ’06, Joseph was taken by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a dispersal draft and wound up once again working for Tillman, also a Renegades’ casualty.

In ’07, Joseph had a career season, won the CFL’s award as Most Outstanding Player, and led the Roughriders to the Grey Cup. Finally, after all he had been through, here was validation.

But when he tried to leverage that success and land a contract he reasonably thought was worthy of the league MOP, Joseph hit a wall or, more precisely, bumped his head on the CFL’s hard salary cap.

Not only did a cost-conscious Tillman not deliver a fat contract to Joseph, he traded him to Toronto, the CFL’s gulag at the time, in a host of ways. In place of the departed Joseph, Tillman supplied then-head coach Ken Miller with a quarterback committee that included Marcus Crandell, Steven Jyles, Darien Durant and, learning the ropes on the practice roster, Drew Tate.

Through no fault of his own, Joseph landed in the midst of a quarterback controversy in Toronto, where incumbent Michael Bishop also had designs on being the starting QB. That mess was solved, sort of, when Bishop was shipped to Saskatchewan, where the quarterback committee was riddled with injuries.

Anyway, over the 2008 and ’09 seasons, Joseph and the Argos won seven regular-season games — total. Joseph played under Rich Stubler for half that first season and an aging Don Matthews for the second half. He endured the entire 4-14 ’09 campaign under the disastrous Bart Andrus.

His tenure in Toronto was, Joseph said at the time, “a fiasco.” That’s the way it is with quarterbacks, they have a way of summing things up.

In October 2010, Tillman, by then the Eskimos GM, again called Joseph, who was staying fit and getting on with his life in Louisiana. The Eskimos needed an insurance policy at QB and Joseph signed on for another hitch. He finished that season in a depth role and was released in December.

In June 2011, the Eskimos called again, signing Joseph and bringing him to training camp as a backup behind Ricky Ray. At the end of the season, as everyone knows, Tillman traded Ray in a salary-cap move that reprised the one that had sent Joseph to Toronto, back in ’08.

Now, Joseph is part of a quarterback committee that includes Jyles and Matt Nichols. The offensive co-ordinator is Crandell.

Whether this QB committee can partner with a truly nasty defence and lead the Eskimos to a Grey Cup remains an open question.

But on Monday night in Toronto, Joseph surely demonstrated for all to see that his legs can run the Eskimos out of field-position trouble, that his arm can gun the deep ball to the likes of Fred Stamps, that he can lead a team to a key victory.

It had to be immensely satisfying to Joseph, who has learned not to take the potshots to heart, whether they come from the stands, the media or on Twitter, the sometimes harsh milieu where the 38-year-old Joseph participates in the ongoing dialogue.

“People have their opinions,” Joseph told the Journal’s Chris O’Leary after Monday’s game. “ … I just let them say what they’re going to say.

“I don’t live life for them. I perform for our team, our organization, our fans and I live my life for God. I just keep moving. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Shake it off.”

Joseph has shaken off more than his share, all in all.
 

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Kerry Joseph       McNeese St.
    Passing        
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
2003 Ott 475 269 3,694 56.6 19 20 75
2004 Ott 317 197 2,762 62.1 13 10 83
2005 Ott 537 337 4,466 62.8 25 23 75
2006 Ssk 463 267 3,489 57.7 22 17 65
2007 Ssk 459 267 4,002 58.2 24 8 72
2008 Tor 536 307 4,174 57.3 17 14 91
2009 Tor 337 185 2,244 54.9 10 16 95
2010 Edm 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2011 Edm 31 18 226 58.1 0 1 49
2012 Edm 254 153 2,187 60.2 12 10 76
2013 Edm 34 18 247 52.9 2 2 38
2014 Ssk 89 43 606 48.3 4 5 40
Total 12 3532 2061 28,097 58.4 148 126 95

 

    Rushing    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
2003 Ott 82 616 7.5 63 6
2004 Ott 57 418 0.0 46 4
2005 Ott 153 1,006 6.6 30 9
2006 Ssk 91 592 6.5 0 5
2007 Ssk 90 737 8.2 0 13
2008 Tor 78 493 6.3 0 4
2009 Tor 52 302 5.8 26 2
2010 Edm 0 0 0.0 0 0
2011 Edm 26 77 3.0 17 6
2012 Edm 40 238 6.0 29 3
2013 Edm 18 69 3.8 22 4
2014 Ssk 10 45 4.5 22 1
Total 11 697 4,593 6.6 63 57