Argos bring in a man with a plan

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

Three practices into his tenure as a defensive consultant with the Argos, and Mike Walker knows he has a challenge on his hands.

"(The defensive line) is good, but it could be 10 times better," Walker said. "I think the attack mode could be better, and we're going to work on attacking the line of scrimmage."

The former CFL all-star's primary duty is to get the defensive line back in working order, not only before the Argos' next game, Monday night in Hamilton, but for the rest of the 2008 season.

Walker, who joined the Argos at practice on Monday, and Argos head coach Rich Stubler go back 20 years, when Stubler was the defensive co-ordinator with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Walker and Grover Covington made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks. Not unlike other professional sports, the CFL world is a small one, and when Walker became available and was willing to move east, Stubler made an easy decision to hire his old friend. Walker had been the defensive line coach at Washington State for the past 11 seasons before he was fired last year.

"Mike is very good because he is a technical person and has a great set of eyes," Stubler said. "It's about stopping points on the board. We need to stop the run, the play-action pass. Offences are not stupid. They figured out we have small people on the field."

CHANGES COMING

While the release of free safety Orlondo Steinauer was the attention-grabber on Monday, the hiring of Walker should lead to changes of a different sort. The Argos likely will employ four men on the line with more regularity, with Ronald Flemons or Adrian Davis playing alongside Jonathan Brown, Adriano Belli and Riall Johnson.

Whether Richie Williams or Casey Printers starts at quarterback for the Ticats, he can expect to see more pass-rushing from Toronto. And if running back Jesse Lumsden plays, the Argos will be darned if he runs roughshod over them like he did in Week 2.

"We have to get this done now," Brown said. "It's about using your hands more, being more fundamentally sound.

"I really do sense something happening. I feel like Canada is going to be amazed at what we are going to put on the field on Monday and the rest of the season.

"Having a defensive line coach to criticize us or help us what we need."


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