Wayward Argos lacking discipline

Toronto Argonauts kicker Noel Prefontaine scoots past running back John Avery during a break at...

Toronto Argonauts kicker Noel Prefontaine scoots past running back John Avery during a break at yesterday's practice as the Argos prepare for their game Thursday in Montreal. (Toronto Sun/Stan Behal)

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Of the many ailments that plague the Argos, the most troublesome happens to be the most perplexing.

It's one thing for receivers and an unproven quarterback to lack timing, but quite another when experienced players are flagged for procedure penalties or offside infractions.

Head coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons thought he had addressed the lack of discipline in the week leading up to a Week 5 win in Regina, only to see his team implode in last Saturday's 28-8 loss to the B.C. Lions in a truly rancid evening for the Argos.

"Right now we have to play with more discipline to have any kind of success," Clemons said yesterday as the Argos began a short week of preparing for Thursday's game in Montreal, where the odds will be rather long.

"We have to play with more discipline and with more effort than our opponents."

Against the Lions, the Argos were done like dinner in committing a season-high 19 penalties.

In the team's four losses, the Argos have averaged 12 penalties. In their two wins, they have committed eight.

When the team gathered on Sunday to review the previous night's carnage, Clemons discussed the matter of discipline. It was broached yesterday when Clemons tried to "hammer home" the point of playing with poise and precision.

When they came off a bye week two weeks ago, the Argos found a way to overcome their litany of injuries by beating the Saskatchewan Roughriders 26-23.

"There was a key underlining message going into the Saskatchewan game," Clemons said. "I'm not sure it was made as clear for the B.C. game. Discipline and effort, we get those two and we have a chance to win."

At 6-0 and showing no signs of weaknesses, the Als can dash whatever hope the 2-4 Argos have of finishing first in the CFL's Eastern Division.

John Avery and Tony Miles, both coming off hamstring injuries, are expected to play on Thursday.

Roster moves

The Argos announced they have added import wide receiver Shockmain Davis to its developmental roster.

Davis was one of the final cuts at Argos training camp.

The Argos also released three imports: quarterback Darnell Kennedy, defensive back Jeff Sanchez and defensive end Seante Williams.


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