TORONTO -- The zero staring back at coach Don Matthews convinced him his legendary CFL career was over.
A rather quiet locker-cleanout day at the Argonauts' practice facility yesterday took on new life when Matthews emerged from his final meeting with the players and revealed that he had resigned.
"I'm going to step down and let somebody take it from here," an emotional but controlled Matthews said. "My time here is done.
"My thought was to come up here and try to affect the team, try to get some wins and change the attitude. Half of that I believe I accomplished, the other half I did not."
The 69-year-old Matthews went 0-8 in his third stint as Argos coach after taking over for the fired Rich Stubler.
Matthews ruled out another CFL comeback.
"Colour me toasted," said Matthews. "My time is done. I have had a long and successful career. I would have been going out with a happier heart (had I won a few games)."
For the most part, Argos players were supportive of Matthews. Not defensive end Riall Johnson, who lost his job as a starter.
"A lot of changes he made did not work," Johnson said. "We were in the playoffs (at 4-6 when Matthews took over). A lot of us put our blood, sweat and tears into this team, and he came in said we had no money in the bank with him. That was pretty disrespectful."