Joseph, Andrus patch things up

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

They might not have kissed, but Argonauts quarterback Kerry Joseph and head coach Bart Andrus made up on Wednesday morning.

"We cleared the air about everything," Joseph said after the Argos practised at an indoor soccer field at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. "I made the comments, but it was not anything to bring any type of distraction to the team or to the quarterbacks.

"It has been frustrating, it has been tough, and that is all I was saying."

Joseph drew unwanted attention to the Argos on Tuesday when he voiced his anger that Andrus would not name a starting quarterback for Toronto's game in Regina this Saturday night against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, saying that he was not comfortable with not knowing whether he would start.

The 36-year-old Joseph also said his time as an Argo was a "fiasco," and it's hard to disagree with him. Since being acquired from the Roughriders in March of 2008, the Argos are 7-24 and are likely to miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season. The Argos are 3-10 in 2009 and in last place in the Canadian Football League.

Joseph became the third Argos veteran to speak out this season against Andrus after Arland Bruce and Byron Parker. Bruce ripped the coach publicly and was traded to Hamilton; Parker said the Argos' defence was "Pop Warner" and nowhere near as complicated as that taught by former coach Rich Stubler. Parker was traded to Edmonton soon after.

"I think that happens on every football team in every year since the beginning of time," Andrus said. "Each one was an individual case, focused around different things."

Not surprisingly, Andrus said he would prefer that players talk to him first before going public with their concerns.

Despite the latest bit of controversy, Andrus still would not name a starter for the game against Saskatchewan. Joseph has not started since the Argos lost 25-0 in Montreal to the Alouettes on Aug. 7. In the seven games since, Cody Pickett has gone 1-6 in the No. 1 role.

Of his relationship with Joseph, Andrus said: "We are on good terms. We always have been. I appreciate these two quarterbacks."


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