Embracing buddy system

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

No trick photography was used to capture the scene that unfolded near the end of the Argos' victory against the Edmonton Eskimos Sunday at the Rogers Centre.

That really was Michael Bishop jumping gleefully into the air to chest-bump fellow quarterback Kerry Joseph after Joseph guided the Argos 109 yards for the winning touchdown with seconds to spare.

Where a quarterback controversy swirled not long ago now stands a peace of understanding between the Argos pivots as the club chugs into a Week 5 date Sunday in Saskatchewan against the Roughriders.

"Something had to happen to make it what it is now and it couldn't be steered by me," Argos head coach Rich Stubler said. "(On Sunday) I saw people excited about the other person playing and helping and doing all the things I envisioned.

"I think they got embroiled in something where they read a lot of things about what was happening to them and they started to believe someone else's prognostications other than mine."

Bishop's world was rocked two weeks ago when he learned the Argos had placed him on waivers, although general manager Adam Rita quickly threw water on the fire when he insisted it was nothing more than a procedural move. Stubler has since done away with his plan to rotate his quarterbacks and as Bishop is second on the depth chart, his main concern is giving Joseph support.

Rumours that the quarterbacks were not speaking to each other were baseless, Bishop said.

"The communication was never closed," Bishop said. "Me and Kerry never had a problem with each other. From his standpoint, he might not have known how to approach me, and for me, I did not want to step on anyone's toes.

"We don't have any hate toward each other. To let something come between us would have been a mistake."

During a game a few weeks ago, Bishop isolated himself at the far end of the Argos bench, his arms crossed. But that's gone, and on the winning drive Sunday, Bishop indicated to Joseph that with Eskimos defensive end Fred Perry hurt, it might be easier to get to the outside.

"Mike brought it to my attention and I sprinted out twice and we got two big completions off that," Joseph said. "Collectively we have to be there for each other. That is how we are going to get things done."

The competitor in Bishop fuels his desire to start games. But with little chance of that occurring in the foreseeable future, being there for Joseph is something he can embrace.

"If I'm playing, he is going to try to help me," Bishop said. "And I'm going to help him. That's what it is all about. He took what I was saying and he used it on the field (versus Edmonton). I felt good about that."

ARGOS NOTES

Receiver Bethel Johnson (ankle) will not accompany the team to Regina, but receiver Andre Talbot (groin) will. Whether he plays Sunday will be a game-time decision ... The Argos have re-signed linebacker Yves Hercule, who was released before the regular season started. Hercule could get a shot Sunday at replacing Bryan Crawford (hamstring) on special teams. Steve Schmidt (shoulder) is expected to return ... It's expected the Roughriders will start rookie quarterback Darian Durant against the Argos as Marcus Crandell continues to nurse a hamstring injury.


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