Cold temperatures and snow are in the forecast in Regina for Saturday night’s game between the Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Kerry Joseph played in similar conditions when he was under centre for two seasons with the Roughriders, but it gives him no advantage to possibly being named the starting quarterback.
“None,” Argos head coach Bart Andrus said yesterday. “Cody (Pickett) has played in the same conditions. He grew up in Boise, Idaho, for crying out loud. (The weather) does not matter.”
In three games against Saskatchewan with Toronto, Joseph has passed for more than 900 yards and nine touchdowns.
“I have seen that defence for four years now,” Joseph said. “Even though Richie Hall has left (to become head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos), they are pretty much doing a lot of the same things. So you get in that comfort zone.”
If Andrus returns next season, and there is no guarantee of that, he will hire an offensive co-ordinator. Andrus has been calling plays all year for the Argos quarterbacks.
The prevailing opinion is Andrus needs a staff with more CFL experience, but he won’t necessarily hire a guy who has it.
“It’s co-ordinating experience I’m looking for, because the offence is in,” Andrus said. “It’s just taking that and developing the game plan out of it.”
The Argos’ horrible offence is the reason the club is in last place.
CFL practice rosters expanded by as many as five players on Wednesday, but Argos general manager Adam Rita said he might try to sign “just one or two guys” including a Canadian offensive lineman ... The Hamilton Tiger-Cats added defensive backs Lewis Baker and Tony Davis, receiver Shawn Bayes, defensive lineman Josh Gaines and defensive end Marquies Gunn to their practice roster.