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To say that Argos’ offense was offensive is obvious. He couldn’t even produce 90 yards in the first half of the Ottawa Redblacks’ Wednesday night visit.


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The way the offense worked evoked memories of legendary coach John McKay, who went from college powerhouse USC to overseeing the expansion of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After another loss, a reporter from the Bucs gang posed the following question:

“What do you think of your team’s performance, coach?”

McKay responded, “I’m in favor.”

The line has stood the test of time.

Argos head coach Ryan Dinwiddie didn’t deliver anything that memorable, but he must have been forced to utter something scathing about his offense that made a few plays en route to generating 253 yards in a 35-16 victory for Toronto.

Whether it was the absence of running back John White IV, an offensive line that couldn’t control the line of scrimmage, missed assignments, an inability to convert on third and short, there were several problems that plagued Argos’s offense.


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And yet the Argos would win their second straight game to improve to 5-3 in the East.

The standings show Argos at the top of the division, but this is far from a first-place team.

There is work to be done.

Following his debacle at the Labor Day Classic in Hamilton, Dinwiddie spoke of changes in his staff.

Following the Argos’ victory over the Redblacks, he once again vowed to turn things around.

With so few days before Toronto ventures into the Hammer for a Thanksgiving showdown, it will be interesting to see what moves, if any, Dinwiddie will make on offense.

Getting White back into the lineup will help.

The offensive line has been a work in progress since opening week.

Nothing has really changed as the Argos have been forced to adapt when injuries occur or when performance slips.


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There is no identity, offensively speaking, with the Argos, who have two quarterbacks that started, a running game that didn’t exist against the Redblacks and an passing game that made enough plays.

At no point during Wednesday’s game did the Argos run a play inside the Ottawa 20-yard line.

In the first half, starter McLeod Bethel-Thompson threw for 66 yards.

Ottawa led by a point at halftime after giving up the game’s first point on a punt single.

The Redblacks’ only error came on a punt when rookie Dion Pellerin came in to block the kick, allowing first-year teammate Dejon Brissett to grab the ball and score his first professional touchdown.

It was ugly and only slightly better in the second half.


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Argos’ DJ Foster scored on a well-timed and executed 63-yard screen pass, but as a running back he averaged 3.6 yards on 18 carries.

A 21-yard touchdown reception by Damion Jeanpiere was the only other great play produced by the offense.

With Chris Jones making the decisions defensively, the Argos are 2-0, but the unit has been giving up a lot of yards.

Against Montreal, the Als generated 551 yards. Against Ottawa, the Redblacks produced 406 yards. In every game, the Toronto defense forced turnovers.

Combined, seven turnovers were forced by the Argos defense, including six from Dexter McCoil and Chris Edwards in the victory.

Cordarro Law, making his season debut, forced a kick that allowed McCoil to secure the ball and score.


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Edwards benefited from a poor reading from rookie quarterback Caleb Evans.

With so little time before Argos takes the field at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, there’s not much Dinwiddie can do schematically other than preach the importance of focusing on details and being more physical on the line of scrimmage.

The Ticats are rested and will be looking to make amends for their overtime loss to Montreal.

Monday also marks the third of four games between Argos and Ticats.

They split their first two games and each team won at home.

On Labor Day, Hamilton led 25-4 after three quarters en route to a 32-19 victory.

The Ticats defense sacked starting quarterback Nick Arbuckle three times and forced two interceptions, including a six-pick by Simoni Lawrence on a tipped ball at the scrimmage line.

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In the return match five nights later at BMO Field, the Argos led 14-7 at halftime and posted a 17-16 victory when Hamilton missed a conversion that would have tied the game.

Giving a lot of yards on defense, an offense unable to generate yards, giving up a touchdown on a blocked punt and flipping the ball on a kickoff return by a special teams unit, it’s amazing how poor the Argos have looked. .

But they are 5-3 with two games looming in Hamilton and Montreal.

The truth is that the Argos need to improve, especially on offense.

Toronto’s only road win came in the season opener against the Stamps.

For the Argos to be considered legitimate contenders, they will have to find a way to win on Monday in Hamilton or in Montreal on October 22.

If they can somehow win both, the Argos will likely win the East and advance to the divisional final.

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