Searching for answers

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

There were enough Arland Bruces at Argos practice to solve the offensive woes of any CFL team.

Unfortunately, Arland IV is a toddler while Arland II, a former semi-pro player with the Kansas City Steers, is a little long in the tooth.

That leaves star receiver Arland III to help right the Argos ship as they prepare for Saturday's rematch against the Calgary Stampeders at the Rogers Centre.

It was far from panic mode in Argo-land as the team went went back to work at U of T's Erindale campus after a five-game win streak was snapped in a 39-18 loss to the Stamps.

But the offensive players recognize a need to improve their output if they are to make noise down the stretch.

"We've got to get serious, we know we can be touched," Bruce said as his son scampered around the field with teammates and his dad watched from the sidelines. "We watched the film (yesterday) and realized that we could and should put more points on the board, but you have to move on."

Especially when looking back isn't pretty. The Argos haven't scored a meaningful touchdown in two games. While Bruce scored a pair in Calgary, both were in the final 2 1/2 minutes, making the blowout loss only a touch less humiliating.

The previous game, the offence was mediocre in an 11-9 touchdown-free win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"You do take it personal," said Allen, who was frustrated by the Argos' struggles to establish field position in Calgary. "Whenever you lose and are not satisfied with the way you play offensively, you want to get out there again and make things right."

While the defence is among the best in the league, there's no denying the Argos offence has struggled. The 215 offensive points ranks seventh of eight teams. The Argos rank last in rushing touchdowns (six), field goals (21), first downs (205) and total offence (3,802 yards).

"Our offence is frustrated a bit at not putting the type of points on the board they would like," coach Michael Clemons said. "We'll just continue to work through it.

"I think all of them have a sense that they didn't do enough last game and they want to do more."

To that end, Clemons hopes running back Ricky Williams will be more productive in his second game back. John Avery, who missed the past two games because of injury, didn't practise yesterday but is expected to suit up today while eyeing a possible weekend return.

"I think you will see a little more endurance (from Williams) having a game under his belt (since being injured on July 8)," Clemons said. "He should be a little sharper in terms of his reads and picking up pressure."


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