Argos not taking Als defence lightly

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:42 AM ET

That’s not a misprint; the Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes are indeed tied for first place in quarterback sacks allowed, with 13 so far this season.

It’s as bad a mark as the winless Edmonton Eskimos and the 1-3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Montreal coach Marc Trestman was bemoaning the play of his offensive line to the media earlier this week.

But Argos’ towering defensive tackle Kevin Huntley is treating the sack report as an aberration, especially when Toronto has to go into Molson Stadium on Thursday where the home team rarely makes mistakes.

“You have to give them the utmost respect for doing the best that can be done, regardless of what their coach says about being worried,” said Huntley, among the Argos’ sack leaders through four games.

“(Montreal) always gets the job done at home, so you go in there with the mindset of they’re the best, so we have to play our best.

“But every day we watch two hours of film on them and take some home to watch on our own time. We’re going to try some things against them and hopefully it works.”

Huntley hasn’t been chasing down Als quarterback Anthony Calvillo as long as teammates Adriano Belli and Willie Pile, but agrees the soon to be 38-year-old can be just as slippery as in his younger days.

“He’s seen all the blitzes, he’s seen all the coverages. He knows where the ball should go,” Huntley said. “We want to disguise some things and get him a little flustered, get pressure and make him hurry things. Even though he already throws it as fast as can be, we want those throws to be difficult and on the move, the things he’s not comfortable with.”

Huntley, a second-year Argo, is very happy with how far the 3-1 team has come in a short while.

“We’re 3-1 with a lot of potential to do a lot of great things. It’s not like we’re 3-1 and playing our best football. We’ve had to come from behind in all our victories. We know what we can do. We just haven’t put it together yet and that’s the scary part.

“We can grow from it or we can accept it (get complacent) and go backwards. But our coach (Jim Barker) tells us every day: ‘If you get 1% better every day, it adds up.’ ”


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