New Argos coach a straight-shooter

Argos head coach Rich Stubler speaks to the media after practice. (Jack Boland/Sun Media)

Argos head coach Rich Stubler speaks to the media after practice. (Jack Boland/Sun Media)

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:48 PM ET

The message from Argos head coach Rich Stubler was clear: Do that again and you can pack your things and go.

Perhaps inspired by the seemingly endless clips of Edmonton Eskimos' players fighting each other in training camp, Argos Kojo Aidoo and Seante Williams went at it during practice last week. It was defused quickly, though, and Stubler said it would not happen again.

"There is no place for fighting on the football field at all," Stubler said. "None. It is intolerable. It's a pet peeve of mine, and the stupidest thing I have seen. Why in the world would you swing at a guy who has a helmet on? I will cut them if I see any fights again."

This is the 58-year-old Stubler's first camp as a CFL head coach, and if nothing else, the players have learned where they stand.

Stubler, a former defensive coordinator whose CFL days date back to 1983 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, has a coaching style in stark contrast to that of his predecessor, Michael (Pinball) Clemons. There is no more hugging members of the media -- one of Clemons' traits. Life is more serious under Stubler.

"He puts more emphasis on getting your work done in a timely fashion and being efficient," linebacker Mike O'Shea said.

"He does not spice it up. There is no misinterpretation. He does not go into long stories (that) confuse. He just tells you to do it right, be efficient and win."

INTENSITY

Though Stubler hasn't run the Argos through drills where they're trying to hurt each other, that doesn't mean there has been a lack of intensity. For Stubler, the main idea is to give players ownership of themselves on the field.

"Twelve people have to function as one," Stubler said. "You really can't (get a handle on the team) until after the first game. The biggest piece of the pie is that they perform together under fire."

Meanwhile, Stubler said he will know the status of injured receiver David Boston tomorrow. If Boston needs surgery on his right foot, he could be out three months. If not, he could be back in several weeks.


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