'We need to get better'

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

When you get pounded with what essentially is the worst loss in seven years, there's no need trying to try to spin the blowout into something it wasn't.

While Argos coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons said he won't forgive and forget Saturday's embarrassing 40-7 loss to the B.C. Lions, he won't go crazy either.

Instead, he will stress the dire need to get better -- and fast -- as the season heads into a crucial three-game stretch.

"Any time you lost 40-7 to say you were closer than the final score indicated ... they had their way late in the game and created a lot of turnovers," Clemons said yesterday.

"We need to get better."

As those who stayed up late to watch the Argos attempt to compete against the reigning champions, that might be the understatement of the CFL season.

With no games left against Hamilton, who have provided the Argos with three of their four wins, the season is in danger of slipping away in a hurry.

The Argos (4-7) face the East Division leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers this Sunday at Rogers Centre. Following that, a home-and-home with Edmonton awaits. The Eskimos hold down the final playoff spot in the East by virtue of the league's crossover rules.

So how meek was Saturday's effort? It was the biggest blowout in a game the Argos were serious about winning since Aug. 24, 2000, when the Lions thumped them 51-4. (Montreal defeated Toronto 58-20 on the final game of the 2004 season when Clemons rested seven of his key starters because the game was meaningless in the standings.)

"To waltz in there and beat (the Lions) would have been great," Clemons said. "But (the result) is a little more indicative of where we are.

"We know they are not 33 points better, but they are better. It's our job to narrow that margin, get in the playoffs and find a way to get to the Grey Cup."

The Argos struggled on offence as quarterback Michael Bishop, who harassed by the Lions defence all night, was picked off twice and completed just 11 of 34 attempts for 125 yards.


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