I think the previous posters on this thread are correct. Toronto will not be a contender for the Grey Cup this year. But the previous posters are also correct in saying that it does not matter either. All Toronto has to be is better and play solid hard nose football every game and avoid the blowouts (unless it is in their favour), and the controversy.
Toronto has a great opportunity to improve this year. You get I think 10 draft picks this upcoming amateur draft. You have the opportunity to get the best CIS prospect since Dylan Barker, that being Cory Greenwood. Personally, I think Greenwood is even a better prospect than Barker. Even this season he could be a ratio buster at middle linebacker much like O'Shae was.
2010 is a deep draft. The Argos can draft for both position and taking the best available athlete both, they have so many picks this year. They can draft for players that can make the squad this year or draft NCAA juniors who will not be in the CFL till 2011, your management has that option. I as a Rider fan deeply covet the Argos good fortune this draft. The Argos will most certainly make moves to improve their Canadian talent.
There are some good players in the CIS that Toronto has an realistic shot at getting and not just a few of them, but all of them. There are lots of NCAA juniors too that Toronto has a real shot at getting and even getting all of them. Such players as LB Cory Greenwood-Corcordia; PK Rob Maver-Guelph; OL Joel Reinders-Waterloo; DL Chima Ihekwoaba- Wilfred Laurier; OL Danny Watkins-Baylor (2011); Rec Kito Poblah-Central Michigan (2011); OG J’Michael Deane-Michigan (2011); OL Nassar Jamal-Louisiana-Lafayette (2011). I think that Toronto has a realistic opportunity to get all of these prospects. Not only that, because it is a sold draft, there will be quality players in the 5th and 6th rounds that the Argos can pick that will bolster their special teams play immediately.
Canadian content is the core of every CFL team and when Toronto gets some more quality starters to compliment some good ones they already have, they will be a better team. You have a few good ones right now like LBs Kevin Eiben; Jason Pottinger and O'Linemen Cedric Gagne-Marcoux; Dominic Picard; Tyler Robertson; Jeff Keeping. With this draft, the Argos have a golden opportunity to add three or four (or even more) quality non-import starters and the best kicker prospect in years; Rob Maver.
Better days are heading towards the Argos. They will be better this year and will probably get better for the next few seasons.
Lets hope though they are able to find a QB that can play with the other "big boys" right now in the league.