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Argos QB Kerry Joseph (left) and back-up QB Cody Pickett (3) goof around with offensive guard...

Argos QB Kerry Joseph (left) and back-up QB Cody Pickett (3) goof around with offensive guard Taylor Robertson (65). SUN MEDIA/Jack Boland

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

Finally, there's someone other than Rich Stubler who thinks the Argos' two-quarterback system is a good idea.

That it's the most important member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defence might say something about Stubler's insistence on playing both Kerry Joseph and Michael Bishop in the same game for the foreseeable future.

"I think we can benefit from it," CFL all-star linebacker Zeke Moreno said yesterday after both clubs finished on-field prep work for the game tonight at the Rogers Centre.

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"I love it. Quarterbacks need to get in a groove. They're paying these guys a lot of money, too much to sit one of them down. And it gives us the opportunity to hit more than just one guy."

Joseph will start tonight but after the first few sets of downs it's anyone's guess as to who sees the most action. In a season-opening win against the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg last week, Joseph started and wound up with approximately 35 snaps, about twice as many as Bishop. As much as Stubler, the Argos' head coach, likes to gush about having two starting quarterbacks at his disposal, it's impossible to trot out both for the first snap.

Neither Joseph nor Bishop have taken to the plan with open arms, even though they have had weeks to get accustomed to it.

"Why are you trying me like that?" Joseph said to a reporter yesterday after he was asked repeatedly about the situation.

"I have no comments about it. We're just coming in to get win No. 2."

Part of Stubler's thinking is that teams will have to study for two men. But both the Ticats and Bombers have said there are not huge differences between Joseph and Bishop, so there's no extra time spent on examining game film.

While the Argos are going to try to win twice out of the gate for the first time in 11 years, the Ticats will be looking for any sliver that points to hope. Hamilton, a dismal 3-15 a year ago, was waxed by the Montreal Alouettes in Week 1. Quarterback Casey Printers was successful on 15 of his 21 pass attempts for 203 yards, but the lone touchdown came off a 75-yard run by Tre Smith in the fourth quarter.

Cornerback Lawrence Gordon was exposed often by Montreal's receivers. Even Ticats head coach Charlie Taaffe figured the Argos will make Gordon earn his paycheque.

"I would say he is going to go out there with a big bull's-eye on him," Taaffe said. "Those guys are going to throw the ball down the field anyway.

"I pulled him aside and said, 'They're going to come after you.' "

The Ticats beat the Argos in a pre-season match two weeks ago but have not won in Toronto in a game that means anything in almost seven years. They're tired of being the CFL's doormats, but that might not change for a while.

"This is going to be a big test for us," Moreno said. "We have a lot to prove. We do have a sense of urgency, but it is not panic."


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