Bart Andrus never planned on being his own offensive coordinator. And if he’s back next season, he won’t be.
“The plan all along has been for me not to do it,” Andrus said yesterday. “When I came in I had a coordinator that I wanted to bring in but we couldn’t get that deal done. He wanted to stay in the position he was at and they wanted him to stay.
“The determination was made at that point that it would be best for me to be the guy to introduce the offence. We came up with the offence together as a staff. But the plan all along has been for me to be freed up. My mentor at Tennessee, Jeff Fisher, said: ’It was OK if you need to do it but eventually free yourself up.’ He actually was his defensive coordinator right away and then freed himself up.
Andrus says he has a couple of guys in mind for the job, including revisiting his first-choice scenario that didn’t work out this past year.
Just don’t hold your breath if you’re waiting for an offensive coordinator with CFL experience, because it doesn’t sound like that is going to happen.
“Not necessarily,” Andrus replied when asked if would be seeking out someone with a CFL background. “It’s coordinating experience which is what I’m looking for because the offence is in. It’s just taking that and developing the game plan out of it. Other than Winnipeg, we are all doing the same thing. Winnipeg is a little bit off the chart. They are running a CFL early-’90s offence and they’ve started to evolve away from it.
"We are all doing pretty much the same things with a little innovation here and a little innovation there.”
The difference is the rest of the league is having proportionally more success with it than the Argos.
The Argo offence is at the bottom of the stats board in most offensive categories including touchdowns (36 tied for last with Winnipeg), average yards per game (last with 347.3), and second-last in points scored with 378, two more than Winnipeg and their early-’90s offence.
Things have reached the point where Andrus won’t rule out trying practice roster quarterback Stephen Reaves.
“That’s not out of the realm of possibility,” Andrus said. “To me he’s a guy with tremendous upside. We found him in one of our free agent camps. It’s not out of the question for him to get a shot.”