Austin still in the dark

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

Kent Austin knows all about his offence and his personnel heading into the season opener.

It's the other team and its tendencies that has him concerned.

The Argos' second-year offensive co-ordinator is feeling good about his personnel who, for the most part, will line up in the same positions as they finished last year. The sole exception is running back Hakim Hill, who starts the season while veteran John Avery recovers from a slight muscle tear in his adductor.

But it's the B.C. Lions' defence, which this year will be co-ordinated by Dave Ritchie, that has Austin a little anxious going into tonight's opener at the Rogers Centre. There has been talk the Lions may implement a 30 defence, featuring three down lineman and four linebackers, although the absence of linebacker Carl Kidd to injury may change that. The Lions' position chart shows four down linemen and three linebackers.

"We can project what we think B.C. might do, but they've got a new co-ordinator who has a different philosophy," Austin said. "Until you get games on film and tendencies start to show themselves, defences are ahead of offences early in the season.

"We don't know if they're going to blitz, drop out in zone. We don't know any of that stuff. We've done a little bit for everything, but it's going to be early adjustments in the game once we kind of see what their philosophy is going to be.

"Is it going to be all Dave? Is it going to be a combination of Dave and (head coach Wally Buono)? Is it going to be all Wally? Those are issues we're going to have to sort out once we get into the game."


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