It is starting to look like Don Mathews isn't waiting until the off season to blow this team up.
Cody Pickett needs the playing time, but its not like we're out of the playoff race. Kerry Joseph could have made a game of it IMO if he had been put in there with the orders to roll out a lot and run it himself at least half a dozen times.
This a team that should have been in the GC last year, and now they're looking like the worst team in the league.
I thought it was obvious at last year's end that O'Shea, Fletcher, Winters and St. John were done.
Riall Johnson, Orlondo Steinauer, Kenny Wheaton, Jonathan Brown, Jerome Davis, Chad Folk, Jeff Johnson and Chris Hardy probably had another year left in the tank but replacements should have been brought in for next year.
Riall Johnson and Jonathan Brown have been slowed by injuries and still may be able to do the job if they can get healthy. Harriett showed me some promise at DE and could be a keeper.
Hunter and Poole did alright for their first CFL game, but they need to get better. Middlebrooks has been average as a replacement for Younger. Heatley and Shivers are still learning and are questional if they are good enough.
Eiben and Pile are not making the tackles this year they have in the past. Eiben's knee may still be bothering him, Pile just isn't the same player he was last year IMO.
Offensively, this team has struggled for years. But the loss of Mike Pearson and Glen January hurt the O-Line and things have gone south from there.
Bethal Johnson looked good in pre-season with Bishop throwing him bombs, but has been average and injured since. Arland Bruce best days are probably behind him but he could still be successful if the defenses couldn't double team him.
Jamal Robertson might look ok behind a good run blocking O-Line but I'm not so sure. He wasn't worth a top draft pick IMO.
So IMO Don Mathews has decided that with the eight games he had left, the first few would be breaking in some new faces. Then try and hold off Winnipeg for second place.
I wasn't exactly sold on Cody Pickett, looks like a good back up QB to me. Don't think he will ever be a Ricky Ray type QB. Don't see the consistant accuracy in his passes. But he may get the job done with some more experience.
But if the Argos are going to make the playoffs this year Kerry Joseph will have to be the guy.
Right now I think Don Mathews is thinking this job is going to be quite a challenge.
The Argos have been just plain over matched to often this season.