Andrus expected trying season

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

Bart Andrus doesn't think he could do your job.

And as for the growing legion of Argonauts fans who think he should be replaced as head coach?

"It's always an amazing thing to me that everybody thinks they can do my job better than I do," Andrus said yesterday. "I don't think I can sell insurance better than the insurance guy down the street. I don't think I can run a Tim Hortons."

General manager Adam Rita yesterday reiterated his support for Andrus, who said he does not have the time to read newspapers and other sources of opinion. The Argos a year ago fired Rich Stubler when he was 4-6 and went 0-8 under Don Matthews, recent proof that changing a coach in the mid-season does not necessarily lead to improvement. It's looking more like the Argos group as a whole -- Andrus, Rita and assistant general manager Greg Mohns and others -- will be assessed when the 2009 season ends. Co-owner David Cynamon did not respond to an interview request yesterday, but Andrus said Cynamon and co-owner Howard Sokolowski have been supportive.

Though the idea of Rita going in as offensive co-ordinator has been floated, Rita said it won't be happening.

The Argos fell to 2-7 with a loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Labour Day Classic and there's not much hope on the outside for a Toronto victory in the rematch at the Rogers Centre on Friday night.

"I knew coming in it was going to be a tough fix, it was going to take time, there were going to be some growing pains," Andrus said of his first season as head coach in the Canadian Football League. "In terms of playing pro or in the CFL, we are a youthful team right now."

The Argos, meanwhile, won't know until next week whether running back Dominique Dorsey will re-join them.

Dorsey was excluded from the Washington Redskins' practice roster but he wants to test the NFL waters until his 10-day window for doing so ends.

Cornerback Byron Parker suffered a second-degree shoulder separation against Hamilton, while tackle Adriano Belli (rib) and receiver Reggie McNeal (knee) also were hurt.

McNeal's injury is thought to be the most serious. Defensive end Jonathon Brown is eligible to be activated from the nine-week injury list for Friday.

TERRY.KOSHAN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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