End of the Line?
Bart Andrus, you have to believe, has to beat the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg on Saturday.
Failing that, firing a coach mid-season for the second straight year may be the only option for Argonaut co-owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski.
Remember, last year Rich Stubler "saved" his job on Labour Day by beating Hamilton, but was gone a week later.
Andrus might have similarly postponed his dismissal by beating the Cats on Toronto's end of the early September home-and-home set. But the Argos looked mediocre at best last weekend in Vancouver and now they are presented with a Winnipeg team that appears to be in complete disarray under another first year CFL coach, Mike Kelly.
Toronto's not very good but Winnipeg's awful. So if the Argos can't win this one, that makes them awful and the CFL's worst team.
Would canning Andrus change that? Probably not, although part of the Argos problems this year have to be traced to the absence of CFL experience on their coaching staff. Running off Arland Bruce III has not turned out to be a productive move and insisting that Cody Pickett is the starting quarterback without much in the way of supporting evidence seems more of an act of stubbornness than confidence.
Certainly replacing Stubler last year with Don Matthews didn't accomplish anything. On the other hand, Hamilton's decision to replace Charlie Taaffe with Marcel Bellefeuille at same time Stubler was fired allowed the Tiger-Cats to install a new coach and new systems and establish some momentum that carried right through into this season.
Bellefeuille was clearly the right man just as clearly as Matthews was the wrong man.
Finding the right man to coach the Argonauts, of course, has been a major problem since the departure of Pinball Clemons.