From the moment the Iron picked Luis Perez in the quarterback draft, the starting role was his to lose. Despite his lack of experience playing football, the Iron saw something that they liked from him and gave him a shot. After this past week’s game against Orlando, things may start to be changing in the upcoming games.
It feels like it has been a long time since the end of week one of the AAF season when many were touting Perez as the early favorite to be the league MVP. Each week after that, things got progressively worse and by the time he was pulled in the first half of their week five game, he had only thrown on passing touchdown. It was to the other team.
Tim Lewis felt a change needed to be made, and with Blake Sims sidelined with an injury, he turned to Keith Price to take over.
Price played his college football at the University of Washington and became the starter for the team as a redshirt sophomore. During his college career he managed to post 8,921 passing yards and 75 touchdowns. After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, he signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. He started just one game for them and now finds himself in Birmingham with the Iron.
In relief of Perez this past Saturday, he went 18/29 for 234 passing yards and he also scored the first passing touchdown in team history. It was an impressive outing from the 27-year-old and he should be getting the start next weekend against the San Diego Fleet.
I will admit that I perhaps had too much faith in Perez bouncing back against Orlando, but it became very clear early on that the offensive struggles were mostly on him. Price came in with all the same people around him and put up a very good showing, considering it was his first playing time of the year and against the best team in the AAF.
I do not want to say this is the end for Perez because I have seen his talent, but for now the reigns need to be handed to Price moving forward and try to get back into the win column in week six.