Argos still going in right direction?

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:05 AM ET

If it's true that a team has to experience the worst of itself before it can be successful, pencil in the Argonauts for a Grey Cup appearance next year.

Okay, so that's pushing it, but there's no doubt the Argos really can't do much more to hurt themselves in 2009. After all, they have only four games remaining.

"I don't know when it is going to happen, but something good is going to come out of this," defensive end Jonathan Brown said Saturday night in Regina after a 32-22 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"Sometimes you have to lose and you have to go to the bottom before you get back up to the top."

One positive sign in Brown's mind is the team is not as big a mess as it was at this time last year. The Argos were in the midst of a Don Matthews experiment gone wrong after Rich Stubler was fired with a 4-6 record. Hey, the Argos will take any small good factor where they can.

As the Argos offence sputters along -- it's six games now without a touchdown in the air -- and with assurances from head coach Bart Andrus that an offensive co-ordinator will be in place next year, the defence reminds some of the good old days under Stubler when he was defensive co-ordinator. The difference is this defence has not chipped in an odd touchdown or two.

"Last year was such a farce with Stub getting fired and Don coming in and trying to put in a new system in eight weeks," Brown said. "We have been with Peter (Kuharchek, the defensive co-ordinator) since training camp.

"The fans of Toronto might not see it, but I really believe that next year will be something special."

But if co-owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski decide to blow the team up and start from scratch, few would argue.

The Argos, 3-11, play host to the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday night, and quarterback Stephen Reaves likely will be activated from the practice roster. Cody Pickett said he felt like he was being stabbed each time he tried to throw the ball on Saturday because of a possibly torn oblique muscle.

Kerry Joseph was in good health yesterday, a team spokesperson said, after there were initial concerns that he might have suffered a concussion against the 'Riders.

A high ankle sprain likely has ended Dominique Dorsey's season.

TERRY.KOSHAN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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