Andrus' job safe, for now

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Bart Andrus will get a chance to take the Argonauts out of the mess they are in.

The Argos probably saw what remains of their playoff hopes disappear on Saturday night when they lost 29-24 to the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg, but the job of Andrus, the rookie head coach, is safe, for now.

"There are no changes being contemplated at this time," Argos president Bob Nicholson said yesterday.

Toronto is 3-9 and in last place overall in the CFL. But few observers figured they would lose to Winnipeg (4-8), a club that has been in disarray both on the field and off.

The Argos didn't make the playoffs last year and are in danger of missing the post-season two years in a row for the first time since 2000 and '01.

THIRD COACH

Andrus is the Argos' third coach in the past season and a half, following Don Matthews and Rich Stubler.

The jobs of general manager Adam Rita and assistant GM Greg Mohns could be in jeopardy if the Argos do not make a miraculous recovery and get into the post-season.

Andrus said he is not going to dwell on being at the bottom of the CFL and doesn't think his players will, either.

"Confidence-wise, they showed they have the ability," he said after the game. "They have the ability to play and fight till the end of a game ... but we have yet to have that game where we're playing well in all three phases."

Andrus said he also expects start Cody Pickett at QB when the Argos play host to the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday. Pickett completed 13 of 22 passes, but for just 98 yards, and was replaced by Kerry Joseph late in the third quarter.


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