Rita going on offensive

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

At the top of Adam Rita's off-season to-do list is once again ending his coaching career.

The Argos general manager handled much of the offensive co-ordinator duties this season after Kent Austin was fired in early August. But he has no desire to make it permanent.

Rita admitted yesterday that Steve Buratto, recently fired from the Calgary Stampeders, is at the top of his list along with Argos offensive assistant Paul Lapolice.

"(Buratto) did a lot with what he had in Calgary," Rita said. "We would like to have a guy with some experience and a guy that can move the football."

Buratto was let go by the Stamps after their West Division semi-final loss to Saskatchewan and has worked with Rita in the past.

DUTIES

Lapolice began the season as the Argos receivers coach but had his duties expanded after Austin was fired.

Another order of business for Rita is to solve the situation at starting quarterback. With it sounding more and more like Damon Allen won't be that guy, Rita admitted the search is on.

"We're always looking for those," Rita said when asked if he was seeking for a starting quarterback. "They just don't grow on trees."

Michael Bishop, who looked solid in relief of Allen the past two weeks, said yesterday that he would like the chance to take that job permanently.

"Hopefully it is a situation that is going to work out for me," Bishop said. "We'll talk to the organization and talk to my people to see what's going on to make the best situation for myself."

Rita admitted it could be a busy off-season of retooling on both sides of the ball.

At running back, Ricky Williams will return to the NFL's Miami Dolphins breaking up the two-man backfield he shared with John Avery.

On defence, Rita said he wouldn't mind adding some more youth to complement the veteran unit.

"We haven't been able to get it done with the guys we have here," Rita said of possible personnel changes.


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