MONTREAL — The players knew.
They knew by having played the Argos four times this season that if they got rid of the stupid mistakes, there was little chance they could lose.
And they knew there was just enough bend in the Toronto defence to exploit.
“In all the games we played against them this year, it was us stopping us,” Alouettes running back Avon Cobourne said after Sunday’s 48-17 mop up of the Argos in the East Division final. “We knew that if we can do what we know we can do, we’re not going to be stopped.”
Cobourne certainly led that charge Sunday, shredding the Toronto defence for 163 yards on 17 carries, then adding 53 more on four catches.
The pint-sized back came into the game with plenty to prove after a disappointing season in which he fumed when he felt he wasn’t getting the ball enough. The man who had 13 touchdowns in 2009 had just six this season and was held to 956 yards.
“I was just so angry about not getting the touches and when you worry about things you can’t control, it effects you,” Cobourne said. “It was my contract year and it affected my game. I probably would have played a lot better if I wasn’t so angry. I was worrying about the wrong things.”
A heart-to-heart talk with Montreal coach Marc Trestman fixed that in time for the Alouettes to make their playoff run and Cobourne came into Sunday’s contest fired up.
It didn’t hurt Cobourne’s motivation that he planned to outplay Argos running back Cory Boyd.
“He’s a great player, he showed that all season,” Cobourne said of Boyd. “He did what I wanted to do. He’s got to get all the credit and he deserves to get that.
“But it’s a different team he was playing against today. I wasn’t expecting him to do too much. We kept them off balance and when we do that, we are going to be on the field for a long time.”