'It's not the time to panic'

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

If this is Kerry Joseph's car, it does not get junked.

Tinkering is needed, of course. But the model is not only road worthy, it also has the potential to win the race.

"Without making any type of excuses, we had a freak year as far as all the injuries, and we suffered from it," the Renegades quarterback told the Sun yesterday when discussing his team's 5-11 record and the unrealized goal of a CFL playoff berth.

"I don't feel we can get to where we want to go by doing a total overhaul. I don't think we need to see a whole new group of guys come in. We have a lot of talent in this locker room, enough to get it done. We just faced a lot of adversity and we didn't get through it this season.

"But it's not the time to panic."

The most detrimental injuries have hit Joseph, who will wind up missing a total of six games with stretched foot ligaments and now a sprained collarbone.

INJURED FOOT

He hurt his foot in Game 4, with the Renegades possessing a 3-1 record. When Joseph returned to the roster, the Renegades were 4-4 and he was neither 100% healthy nor the same player.

After an embarrassing loss in Edmonton the following week, Joseph said he had his own opinions on what was wrong with an offence that went from such a fast start to being the least productive in the CFL. Asked to share those opinions, he declined, saying it was an "in-house" issue and he would offer his views at the end of the season to his superiors, if asked.

BACKS BRASS

"I hope coach (Joe) Paopao is back, and I hope they can work something out with (GM) Eric (Tillman) ... they are both great guys and they deserve another opportunity," he said. "They bring the people in and get them ready, they don't go out there on a weekly basis and play the games.

"You can't point the finger at them. You have to point it at the players. We need to execute better. We have to do our part to win the games and we haven't."

Joseph says there's a need for more organizational teamwork, however.

"As an organization, from the front office to the football side, everybody has got to be going in the same direction," he said, alluding to, but refusing to expand on, differences among members of the brass.

"It's very much like a marriage ... you can't have two people pulling in opposite directions. If you have everybody going the same way, success will follow.

"But the most important thing right now is finishing the season on a strong note, if anybody asks me. That's the most important thing."


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