Argo landscape changing
|DAVID COOPER/TORONTO STAR|
|Brad Watters says it's time to move on.|
The bodies are flying down in Argo-land.
Last week, Don Matthews was the first to depart in the wake of a disastrous 4-14 season, quitting as head coach to return to Oregon and a quiet retirement.
On Tuesday, chief operating officer Brad Watters announced his resignation.
Argo staff members were told Monday that Watters would be leaving, and some were left with the impression he had been fired by owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski.
Watters told The Star Tuesday morning, however, that he was quitting.
"There are just other things I want to do now," he said. "I've decided to move on. It was a mutual thing. No firing."
Watters, who helped organize Toronto's very successful Grey Cup last November, joined the Argos last winter after the resignation of team president Keith Pelley. With Michael (Pinball) Clemons acting as chief executive officer, Watters was less visible than Pelley, and wasn't involved as a liaison between ownership and the football operations office as was Pelley.
"I spent three years here with the Grey Cup, and then the Argos, and it was time to move on," said Watters, son of former Maple Leafs executive Bill Watters.
"I've left the business in a better place than it was."
Watters said he's not sure how the Argos front office needs to reorganize after such a terrible season, one in which the team lost its final eight games under Matthews and included rumours of dysfunction between top executives and the football office.
"That's for David and Howard to figure out," he said. "I thought it was a good move to get out of their way."
Cynamon said on Monday he expects Clemons to remain with the organization, but said he won't ask him to coach again. The future of GM Adam Rita is less solid, but Cynamon said he hopes a way can be found for Rita to return, as well.