Reed it and weep

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

Kavis Reed is playing a home game tonight.

Although he's the new defensive co-ordinator for the Toronto Argos, Reed still calls Edmonton home - hence the Toronto match-up against the Edmonton Eskimos tonight at Commonwealth Stadium is a home game.

More importantly, Reed's defensive unit needs a much better performance after soiling the sheets in a 32-13 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week.

The Tabbies put up 480 total offensive yards, with 311 yards coming in the rushing department.

"We had some miscues on tackling and where we were supposed to be in terms of gap assignments," said Reed.

"Hopefully that was a blip on the radar screen."

It all means it hasn't been a great start to the season for Reed, who is following in the footsteps of Rich Stubler, who was Toronto's highly regarded defensive boss before becoming head coach this year.

"It is always difficult following greatness," continued Reed.

An Edmonton Eskimo for five seasons in the 1990s, Reed and his family still have a home in this city.

QUICK HIT: Veteran Toronto linebacker Mike O'Shea showed why he's considered a leader yesterday when he owned up to mistakes against Hamilton last week.

"We had very inconsistent play (against Hamilton). And I was one of the leaders in the lack of execution aspect," he said.

PIVOT POINTS: The Argos' quartertback controversy involving Kerry Joseph and Michael Bishop is well-documented

Stubler tried to have some fun with it at his media conference yesterday.

"I am having a lot of fun with the quarterbacks," he said. "You (the media) are too. We got more notice for a 101 (regular-season record) football team than I have ever seen. We've got to get rid of the controversy and find a way to win games."

Joseph is trying to keep a lid on the controversy these days.

"It's a controversy if you let it become a controversy," said Toronto's starting pivot tonight.

Bishop is apparently goint to come off the bench at some point in this game.

"I'm not looking over my shoulder," explained Joseph. "I'm going to help lead this team."

After being named the CFL's outstanding player last year in Saskatchewan, Joseph's quarterback efficiency rating so far this year is very low at 75.8.

In fact, only two pivots in the entire league - Jarious Jackson and Darian Durant - have a lower rating.

But Joseph could show improvement tonight because he's calling his own plays.

Toronto jumped to that format in the second half last week and Joseph marched the team 95 yards for a touchdown.

FINISH LINES: Being traded from football-mad Saskatchewan in the off-season to Toronto - where the media and fans don't love the sport to the same extent - has made supper hour a little quieter for Joseph.

"I can go in the restaurant (in Toronto) and sit by myself," he remarked.


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