No going back for Argos

DEAN MCNULTY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:57 AM ET

Argonauts all-star safety Orlondo Steinauer believes football is the truest form of team game, where if one part misfires, everybody's effort suffers.

He also knows that for most of the past two months the Argos defence has been playing with all cylinders firing.

Toronto went to Calgary last week for the first game of a home-and-home series -- that wraps up tonight at the Rogers Centre against the Stampeders -- with a five-game win streak where the offence sputtered but the defence picked up the slack.

The Stamps offence -- lead by quarterback Henry Burris and running back Joffrey Reynolds --was stymied through three quarters last week but the Argos offence failed to mount any sustained attack to take advantage of the defensive gains.

Then the roof fell in as the Stamps rallied to a 39-18 win even though they were unable to get into the end zone until the fourth quarter.

Steinauer said a couple of offensive touchdowns in the early part of the game would have likely changed the outcome.

He was not, however, heaping all the blame for the loss of his teammates on the other side of the ball.

"The beauty about football is that it's the ultimate team sport," Steinaurer said. "We do feel that we have played solid throughout the whole year. We had a little misstep in Montreal but the offence and special teams didn't show that day."

That scenario, Steinauer said, was repeated against Calgary.

"The same thing happened out there in Calgary," he said. "A potent offence like that you are not going to hold them down the whole time. When there's a baseball score going on (Stamps led just 9-3 in the third quarter of the game) it's basically the first team to make the big play that wins and they made it with Joffrey Reynolds."

Steinauer said if he could get one do-over this season it would have been on that play by Reynolds.

"Defensively, when we look at ourselves in the mirror we know he have to tackle better," he said. "We bring (the Reynolds play) back we might change the dimensions of the game."

If the offence had been able to score in two key situations in the first half of that game, however, the Reynolds touchdown would have been moot.

"Obviously on offence we need those two touchdowns in the first half and it changes the game," Steinauer said. "Football is a game of momentum. They had it and they ran with it."

Argos head coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons was emphatic in his assessment that what happened last week is done and today's game starts with the score 0-0.

He did, though, point out that the team's offence has been plagued with injuries throughout this season.

"Four of five receivers have missed multiple games because of injury; all five of our running backs have missed multiple games," Clemons said. "But the challenge is not to make excuses because nobody is going to feel sorry for us. We just have to work at becoming a more competent bunch offensively."


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