Argos turn offence over to Buratto

Steve Buratto.

Steve Buratto.

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

The first solution to the ailing Argos offence is anticipated to arrive in town today.

And the Boatmen braintrust no doubt hopes that in Steve Buratto, they will have the coach they need to both revive the offence and help get the quarterback they covet.

The CFL team has called a news conference for today when Buratto's hire will be confirmed.

Recently fired by the Calgary Stampeders, where he was offensive co-ordinator, Buratto will bring a wealth of experience to the position in Toronto.

Among his first tasks will be to sort through the quarterback situation and perhaps help in the pursuit of former B.C. Lions star Casey Printers.

Though CFL rules forbid the team to talk to Printers because he's under contract to the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs -- he's on their practice roster -- the Argos have made it clear they want him.

Team present Keith Pelley recently said that the team would like the opportunity to look at Printers "as a potential quarterback of the future."

Buratto was the offensive co-ordinator with the Lions in 2004 when Printers had his breakthrough season, throwing for 5,088 yards and a league-high 35 touchdowns.

Buratto, who has Grey Cup rings with B.C. as head coach and Baltimore as offensive co-ordinator, also had been courted by the Edmonton Eskimos

The 63-year-old was reportedly in Toronto two weeks ago to meet with Argos general manager Adam Rita, who once had to fire Buratto from the head coaching job in B.C.

Rita took over prime offensive duties with the Argos this past summer when Kent Austin was fired but made it clear it was only a temporary arrangement.

Once the Stamps released Buratto, he was tabbed by Rita as a leading candidate.

Getting Printers here won't be easy. His CFL rights are held by the Lions until mid-February and he's under contract with the Chiefs until two weeks after the NFL season.


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