TORONTO -- Michael "Pinball" Clemons has a message for Edmonton Eskimo fans who have lost hope with Ricky Ray on the sidelines: turn on the TV this afternoon and watch the game.
The Toronto Argos head coach believes there is reason to watch Stefan LeFors as the Eskimos' new starting pivot.
"I think (LeFors) gave them a whole lot of reason last week (to watch today)," said Clemons.
With Ray dealing with a badly separated shoulder, LeFors will make his first-ever regular-season start at quarterback for the Esks this afternoon against the Argos at Rogers Centre.
In a game that has huge playoff ramifications for both teams - Toronto leads Edmonton by one point in the cross-over standings for the final playoff spot in the East Division - Clemons sees some very positive signs in LeFors.
"Very seldom have I seen a quarterback come in - who did not have a lot of experience - and play the way he did (last week)," said Clemons, referring to LeFors' play against the Argos at Commonwealth Stadium.
"Some of the things he did; it reminded you of how Ricky came off the bench - the poise that he had.
"With the exception of one throw (last week) he (LeFors) took care of the football."
In just over two quarters of work, LeFors didn't generate a touchdown drive and threw an interception in the loss to the Argos last Friday.
But he did have 11 completions in 22 attempts.
While all those numbers might not give Edmonton fans much hope, the Esks will likely come out with a slightly different offensive system - catered to LeFors' strengths.
Given the fact the Argos only have two quarters of film to study on the CFL rookie, there are some advantages to the Green and Gold.
"The unknown is no good," said Toronto safety Orlondo Steinauer, wishing they had more film on LeFors.
"We expect him to make mistakes but we also expect some things out of him that we haven't seen on film."
Added Toronto defensive end Jonathan Brown: "It is tough (to prepare for LeFors).
"He is definitely not Ricky Ray but you really can't look at (the Eskimos) as a lesser team because when their backs are against the wall that is when some teams come out full force - balls to the wall, as hard as they can.
"So, we can't let down."
The southpaw pivot is well aware the Argos are going to throw their own new defensive wrinkles at him, but he's also studied an incredible amount of film this week to get ready for his starting assignment.
"My laptop has been burned out," he quipped.