Barker’s barkin’ works!

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 PM ET

The very first words that came out of Jim Barker’s mouth when he addressed the Argonauts was the importance of limiting penalties.

Of the many problems that plagued the Argos the last two seasons, foremost was the team’s inability to maintain its composure, resist the urge to retaliate once the whistle was blown to end a play sequence.

Three games into Barker’s second run as head coach and the Argos have taken his words to heart.

No team in the CFL has been flagged less frequently than the Argos, who, not surprisingly, lead the league in fewest penalty yards.

At the end of this spectrum is B.C., which comes to town this Friday as the most penalized team in the CFL.

By not beating themselves, the Argos, in part, have been able to get off to a 2-1 start.

“Number one on my list on the five things why this team won seven games the last two years was penalties,’’ Barker began.

“From the very first meeting, they heard the importance of penalties. Maybe that’s had an effect.

“They understand the importance of doing the right thing and having the discipline to do the right thing.”

Dropping the ball

Justin Medlock was mistakenly referred to as a non-import in Tuesday’s edition.

Medlock, of course, is an import kicker. Had he been a non-import, Medlock would be an Argo.


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