Argos to stay the course

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Don't expect wholesale changes for the Argonauts, even after a 2008 season that has been nothing short of disastrous.

Argos co-owner David Cynamon said before the game last night against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers that he was disappointed with the club's overall performance, but blowing the team up (figuratively speaking, of course) won't necessarily happen after the last game is done.

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"For the most part this is the management team that has won a lot of games for us," Cynamon said. "Really, you have to analyze it at the end of the year. (The record to date) makes you think about your structure and your system and making sure you have one that is sustainable.

"But you don't throw it all out because of one bad year. We might have misjudged some player talent, but I don't know if that means management was wrong or bad. Pinball Clemons, Adam Rita, Greg Mohns, I don't know if you throw out that experience."

To say 2008 has been strange in Argoland would be selling the overall situation quite short. If there has not been shoddy play on the field, there have been plenty of stories off the gridiron.

Trades, releases, firings, players calling out the organization, all of it has dominated headlines at one point or another.

There have been no talks with Don Matthews about returning as head coach, but Cynamon, who took over with Howard Sokolowski in 2003 and won a Grey Cup the next year, would welcome Matthews back for 2009.

"I can't see why not," Cynamon, who watched the game from the Argos bench, said.

"I would like to see what happens at the end of the year, but I think so. As long as he is healthy. I don't know if there is anyone out there better than him who is available, let alone anyone better than him period."

And though Kerry Joseph has been nothing like the man who was named the CFL's most outstanding player in 2007, Cynamon didn't shut the door on the 35-year-old quarterback.

"The intangible of chemistry has not worked yet, and that does not mean it won't, but we are disappointed," Cynamon said. "I think he would say he is too. It has been really tough. We wish we knew the reasons (for Joseph's poor play).

"(But) the intent (is to bring Joseph back). It's not like there is a quarterback in the waiting.

"You would hope he would be the quarterback for the next few years."


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