If Bart Andrus had been hired to run a television station, there's no way the CRTC would grant him a licence.
In assembling the Argonauts coaching staff the past couple of weeks, Andrus has not added any Canadian content. However, he is not worried that as a result the team will be bad TV fodder in 2009.
"People can establish their own opinions on that, and it's really not a concern to me," said Andrus, who became the Argos' head coach on Jan. 16. "It might look like the gun went off for the race and we have some catching up to do. (But) these guys are smart, and I have every confidence they will adjust quickly."
KENT LATEST ADDITION
Andrus made his third hire yesterday, bringing Richard Kent aboard as the Argos' secondary coach. Last week, Peter Kuharchek was named defensive co-ordinator and Ron Heller offensive line coach. Outside of a season that Kuharchek spent with the B.C. Lions nearly 20 years ago, none has any CFL experience. The same goes for Andrus.
While Andrus was hiring Kent, who worked with his new boss with Amsterdam of NFL Europa for three seasons, the Argos lost receiver P.K. Sam, who signed with the Buffalo Bills. And cornerback Byron Parker reportedly signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, though that transaction had not been announced by the Eagles.
Sam joined the Argos late last season and performed admirably in six games, scoring three touchdowns and piling up 499 receiving yards. Parker has been an integral part of the defence for the past four seasons, but might have become expendable when the Argos signed cornerback Jordan Younger, who spent last season with the Edmonton Eskimos after four in Toronto.
The loss of Sam didn't overly surprise general manager Adam Rita.
"I thought he was the missing link for us," Rita said. "We have a great player in Arland Bruce and Andre Talbot did a good job, and when we added P.K. to that mix, he really helped us.
"He has a home here if things don't work out for him in Buffalo."
With Sam gone, youngsters such as Tyler Scott, James Robinson and Steve Schmidt will get a chance to grab a bigger piece of the receiving pie, as will Obed Cetoute. It's expected the Argos will add another import at the position, and Rita said the door has not been closed on David Boston, who played sparingly in 2008.
And though Andrus plans to add to his staff, he could go into his first CFL season without an offensive co-ordinator, and might assume the role himself.
It was the job of Steve Buratto last season, and though Andrus would like to keep Buratto in some capacity, the Eskimos reportedly have asked the Argos for permission to talk to him.
"As long as I feel confident, I'm going to double as the offensive co-ordinator," Andrus said. "I'm used to setting the offensive game plan. If I don't (feel confident), then I will hire one."