Stubler in favour of righting wrongs

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

Upon further review, Argos head coach Rich Stubler remains a proponent of instant replay.

To hear Stubler tell it, as long as the system, which has come under fire since its inception two years ago, corrects a missed call, he's all in favour of it, no matter how confusing the whole process can get.

In Sunday's 28-22 loss in Regina, it was determined by replay that two decisive calls were inconclusive to overturn.

In each instance, the on-field officials and in-house review crew seemed to blow a touchdown run by Wes Cates and a Michael Palmer fumble.

Those were just two of the plays Stubler submitted to the league's head office in Toronto the moment the Argos arrived from Saskatchewan on Monday.

Even before the CFL initiated instant replay, coaches routinely would forward film of alleged missed calls to the league or plays they felt needed clarification.

"I just love video replay,'' Stubler said yesterday. "You have to be because it can right a wrong and that's important."

Stubler can live with any consequence, good or bad, as long as the CFL tries to improve on the use and implementation of instant replay.

Because of financial restrictions, there aren't as many TV cameras in use during broadcasts in comparison to the NFL. Location of cameras also comes into play depending on the stadium, which often leads to plays being reviewed as inconclusive.

Whether it was a missed official's call, a fumbled punt or a lack of a ground game, the Argos don't have any time to lament their setback in Saskatchewan.

With the Winnipeg Blue Bombers paying a visit to Toronto on Friday, the Argos have basically two full days to prepare for the defending Eastern champions, who are coming off an emotional win over Calgary.

Kerry Joseph, who hasn't thrown an interception in two straight games, spoke yesterday of getting better through repetition.

"We just have to keep working as an offence,'' he said. "The more reps, the better we'll get. That's really all it takes.

"Can we get better? Yes. We're working toward perfection."

The Argos are neither a passing offence nor are they a running team heading into Week 6.

When Joseph isn't able to put pressure on defences with his legs, the offence has struggled.

Jamal Robertson gave the Argos a dual threat out of the backfield in the season-opening win in Winnipeg, but the first-year Argo has since all but disappeared.

Outside of the 109-yard game-winning drive against Edmonton two weeks ago, the Argos haven't sustained anything on offence of any consequence.

"We have to keep working and we have to keep trusting in each other,'' Joseph said.

The good news for the Argos is that the East is mediocre and the CFL season is still young.

On Friday, Joseph will get to renew a QB battle with Ryan Dinwiddie, who went toe to toe with Joseph in last year's Grey Cup at Rogers Centre.

"We just have to be consistent,'' Argos slotback Arland Bruce III, who broke into the CFL with Winnipeg in 2002, said. "Kerry is doing his part. He's our guy."


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