Prefontaine: No young QB, no offence, no hope

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

Noel Prefontaine isn't surprised the Argonauts wallow at the bottom of the CFL standings.

And the former Toronto kicker wasn't afraid to say what he thinks is one big reason the Argos have earned that spot.

"They've never developed a quarterback," said Prefontaine, now with the Edmonton Eskimos. "For the most part, Toronto has been employing older guys. Damon (Allen) played here when he was maybe past his prime, and you look at Kerry (Joseph) and he is up there in age.

"Where is the young guy, the one you are developing? They have done a terrible job trying to find a quarterback."

The Eskimos can put an official end to the Argos' playoff hopes tonight at the Rogers Centre. Toronto (3-11) has to win to stay mathematically alive in the quest for a post-season berth.

But beating the Argos isn't the source of inspiration for Prefontaine. The Eskimos are 6-8 and find themselves in the midst of a battle for a possible crossover spot.

"It would be difficult for them to make it because they would have to win four games," Prefontaine said of the Argos. "It's about us and trying to make the playoffs."

The 35-year-old wore the Double Blue for 10 years and lives in Mississauga in the off-season.

"There's still a big part of my heart that is still an Argonaut," Prefontaine said. "To me, (playing for the Argos) was more than football."

As such, Prefontaine genuinely is sore about the Argos' last-place status.

"You have an ineffective offence, and I hope I'm not going to get them riled up to score 40 points, but I understand the culture here," Prefontaine said. "I understand how fans feel when it comes to watching Argonauts games.

"Offensive football is a lot more fun to watch than defensive football. When you talk about entertainment, you have to put up points."

The offence under Argos head coach Bart Andrus has struggled mightily and Andrus was asked where he thought the season started to slip away.

"I can't pinpoint a spot," Andrus said after a pause. "There are still a lot of things that need to be fixed. This is a franchise in transition ... It is a painful process."

Meanwhile, the CFL confirmed the Argos will be the home team for a regular season game in Moncton next September, with a West Division club, reportedly the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the opponent.

The Argos also announced that ticket prices for 2010 at the Rogers Centre will decrease across the board.

TERRY.KOSHAN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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