Austin knows what's best

MIKE GANTER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

A piece of advice: If you're going to question Argos offensive co-ordinator Kent Austin on his use of running back Ricky Williams, be prepared for some backlash.

It's clearly not a favourite topic of Austin's at the moment and one he admits he's hearing about too much from far too many people lately.

Austin got rather testy when it was pointed out that while the B.C. Lions were building a 23-0 first half advantage in Friday's 26-19 loss to the Lions, Williams touched the ball just six times.

In the second half, when the Argos closed to within a touchdown, Williams ran the ball 13 times and caught one pass.

Austin considers it shortsighted in the extreme for anyone to point out Williams lack of action early in the game.

"You can't be myopic in a dynamic game," Austin said. "There are adjustments made during a game. They come out with a game plan. We come out with a game plan. We run what we think gives us our best chance to win and they run what they run. We adjust and they adjust.

"You can't sit there and say 'well it has to be evenly spaced.' Receivers catch balls in bunches. They don't catch three a quarter and end up with 12. Football doesn't work like that."

Excluding the times Noel Prefontaine was on the field to kick, the Argos ran 46 plays from scrimmage. Williams rushed the ball 18 times and caught two passes in the game giving him a little more than 43% of the touches.

Anymore than that would be a disservice to the team in Austin's estimation given the weapons at his disposal.

"My job is to put our guys in the best position possible to win the football game,' Austin said. "That's across the board. We play with 12 guys. We don't play with one.

"Tell me what more should we be doing? He touches the ball 20 times. He has (almost) 120 yards offence out of (almost) 340 yards which is more than a third.

"It's totally silly to suggest he do more. It's actually ridiculous. If we don't distribute the ball around our offence we're stupid because we have guys like Arland Bruce and Robert Baker and Tony Miles on our football team and we're not getting them the football."


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