Better off without Bruce?

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

Bart Andrus remains convinced the Argos are better off without Arland Bruce.

Without Bruce, the Argos have no passing game to speak of, which speaks a lot to the team's inability to produce big plays and touchdowns.

When Bruce was suspended by Andrus and subsequently traded to Hamilton, the rookie CFL head coach felt the team was better minus the headache that became Bruce.

The Argos, who beat Winnipeg when Bruce was suspended, have lost two in a row and have looked completely lost on offence.

"We won one with Arland and lost a couple without Arland,'' Andrus said. "I'm convinced we can win games without Arland.

"It's not even a thought."

P.K. Sam, a recent cut of the Buffalo Bills who made an impression with the Argos last season, practised yesterday for the first time.

Whether he suits up for Friday's game against B.C. is up in the air.

All one needs to know about the state of Toronto's receivers is that quarterback-turned pass catcher Reggie McNeal and Tyler Scott have played in more games as an Argo (17) than any player on the team who isn't hurt.

"I think we have the guys here who give us the best chance to win,'' Andrus said.

Chad Lucas and Cory Rodgers have now played in two games.

When the Argos had to shuffle their offensive line against the Als in Montreal last Friday, the unit was completely exposed.

"I was surprised by the lack of intensity from the entire offensive line,'' Andrus said.


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