Argonauts head coach Bart Andrus, in his own mind, is going nowhere.
Perhaps watching video week after week of his own team has made Andrus a little loopy.
Despite a Canadian Football League-worst record of 3-14, with just one win in the past 13 games, Andrus figured he will be patrolling the sideline again at the Rogers Centre in 2010.
“I expect to be back,” Andrus said. “I don’t really think about it that much. We were hired to do this and nobody said it was going to be easy and it has not been. There were more deficiencies than we thought coming in. We uncover stuff all the time.
“It’s a work in progress, something we feel can be done and can be fixed, and we are going to continue to work at it until somebody says we are not.”
If it’s true that Andrus makes a reported $475,000 a year, then he probably won’t be let go. That’s a large chunk of cash that neither co-owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski, nor David Braley, if he does wind up buying the team, might be willing to swallow.
Andrus believes there is a foundation in place to take the Argos to the next level, but when the next level is mediocrity, that’s not saying much. Culture change in a locker room usually results in at least a handful of wins. But with seven consecutive losses, the Argos can’t even say they have won a few by mistake.
Those fans who do make their way to the Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon for the season finale against the Montreal Alouettes will get a glimpse, possibly, of the Argos’ future. Rookie Stephen Reaves, who relieved Kerry Joseph last Friday night in Edmonton against the Eskimos, will make his first CFL start at quarterback.
“We’re curious,” Andrus said. “We thought he showed some things the other night. He’s young, he’s a rookie, he made some mistakes, but he had some promise. It’s a different kind of pressure to start a game rather than coming off the bench.”
Reaves, in his initial taste of the CFL, completed 10 of 16 passes against Edmonton for 122 yards and one touchdown. The 24-year-old Tampa native also threw two interceptions.
“It’s a tough situation team-wise, but I’m excited to get in there and start the game,” Reaves said “You want to end the year strong because it is the last thing you do. Hopefully it gives me a shot for next year.”
Three Hamilton Tiger-Cats — running back DeAndra’ Cobb, linebacker Otis Floyd and receiver Dave Stala — won CFL player of the week awards thanks to their club’s 24-6 victory against Saskatchewan. Cobb was recognized as the top offensive player, Floyd for his defensive work and Stala the top Canadian. Larry Taylor of the Montreal Alouettes was named the special teams player of the week.