Argos lay hopes on Brown

FRANK ZICARELLI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:20 PM ET

Jonathan Brown’s presence isn’t going to suddenly turn the Argos’ fortunes around.

Brown possesses many qualities, but he has no magic wand.

And because Brown doesn’t line up on offence, it’s not like the Argos can scheme things to get him the ball and have Brown make plays.

But Brown’s experience and CFL savvy are precisely what the Argos require in these troublesome times.

For the first time this season, the four-time all-star defensive lineman will be in uniform when the Argos play host to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Friday.

Brown has bided his time of inactivity with varying degrees of success as he battled through a lower back injury that threatened to end his career.

Once he was reassured by team doctors that the back couldn’t get worse, Brown waited his turn and slowly began to get his mind and body into football form.

“I’m in game shape and I’m ready to go,’’ Brown proclaimed following yesterday’s practice.

Brown has been around the CFL block long enough to know the grind that is the regular season.

He has endured his share of losses and moments of turmoil to know what it takes to breathe life into a moribund team.

A lot of the Argos’ problems have been the byproducts of inexperience, whether it’s among the coaching staff or among the greenhorns to three-down football who have lined up each week.

Brown doesn’t even have to record a sack or make a tackle tomorrow to have an impact because just having him on the field makes the Argos better.

“I’ve kept telling these guys that we’ve come back from being 2-7, 2-5, except for last year,’’ Brown said “You can’t ever give up in this league because once you get some kind of momentum and get into the playoffs, anything can happen.

“We still have a chance.”

A loss tomorrow will certainly decrease whatever chances the Argos have of salvaging the season.

At 2-7, the Argos have lost five in a row and have dropped a franchise-record 10 successive games at home.

When he looks around the locker room, Brown sees a lot of faces who haven’t experienced winning.

He sees the toll of losing and realizes the best tonic is a win.

“What this team needs the most is confidence," Brown said. “The young guys get down easier and they allow the losses to linger more than a veteran.

“We just need to get a few balls to bounce our way and we can turn this around.”

Brown remains hopeful of a turnaround.

“The guys are down, but they’re still working.”


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