Stubler back in Toronto

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

Rich Stubler spoke with reporters on Thursday, but the former Argos head coach didn’t have much to say about his final days as field boss of the Boatmen.

Friday night, he’ll step on to the Rogers Centre turf for first time since his dismissal in Toronto two years ago.

This time he’ll serve as defensive line coach for Lions head coach Wally Buono, who says he had no qualms about reaching out to Stubler this off-season when other teams weren’t.

“A lot of people are intimidated by Rich Stubler,” Buono said. “Not many people would give him a job, but Rich Stubler is too good a coach not to be coaching.”

Stubler has bought into the system, been a subordinate to defensive co-ordinator Mike Benevides and has also served as a mentor.

“I’m just happy to be here,’’ Stubler said. “I’m happy to be playing

Game 4 and all that counts is the chance to get to 2-2.”

Stubler can’t recall at any time during his pro coaching career when he has had five rookies, but he says he is enjoying it.

Friday also marks the return of Jamal Robertson, a 1,000-yard running back last season for the Argos who signed a free agent deal with B.C.

“It’s funny and strange being here as a visitor,’’ said Robertson. “There’s no personal vendettas. I enjoyed my time here, enjoyed being out in the community.”


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