Andrus learning intricacies of CFL

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:02 PM ET

There is much to learn for rookie Argos head coach Bart Andrus.

For starters, the offensive-minded Andrus has to learn how to call plays without a communication device strapped to the helmet of his quarterback.

It's a subtle thing, but one that can't be overlooked as Andrus gets incumbent starter Kerry Joseph more in tune with the team's new offence.

Andrus used to dislike the grind of a four-game NFL pre-season, but he now wishes that luxury existed. The Argos wrap up exhibition play in Hamilton this Tuesday. He got his baptism this past Wednesday against Montreal.

"That was the first time in 12 years where there was no quarterback communication device,'' Andrus said. "We have to signal or send in plays.

"For the most part, it was fine, but it was a major concern of mine (going into his new job). If there were glitches, it was the result of the quarterback not seeing the sign."

For the record, the Argos weren't flagged for any time counts violations.

Andrus calls every play for Joseph, who isn't comfortable with the added responsibility.

Also new was the 20 seconds allotted in the CFL to run a play from scrimmage.

"I'm still not totally comfortable with it,'' Andrus said. "It'll take time."

The Eagle has landed

A guest at yesterday's Argos gathering was Byron Parker, a dominant cornerback who is attempting to crack the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.

Parker's shut-down ability, athleticism and explosiveness helped define the Argos' once-formidable defence.

By no means are the Argos rooting against Parker, who has tried to latch on in the NFL before with Dallas and Jacksonville, but there's no way the CFL team wouldn't welcome him back if the door gets shut in Philadelphia.


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