Garber's D wasn't getting it done

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:38 PM ET

Argos head coach/GM Jim Barker announced on Friday the dismissal of defensive co-ordinator Chip Garber, turning to secondary coach and one-time Argo Orlondo Steinauer to oversee the unit. Here’s a look at some key developments in recent games that led to Garber’s ouster.

40-17 Week 3 loss in Montreal

-- Als offence on the field for 39:38

-- QB Anthony Calvillo completed 21 of 26 attempts for 246 yards and two TDs — in opening half.

33-24 Week 4 loss vs. Winnipeg

-- Argos could not hold on to a 17-3 first quarter lead, surrendering 27 second-half points

-- QB Buck Pierce completed 22 of 27 passes for 361 yards, three TDs and zero picks

26-25 Week 4 loss in Edmonton

-- Argos unable to hold on to a 17-1 second-quarter lead

-- QB Ricky Ray completes 24 of 34 passes for 261 yards, two TDs and no picks.

36-23 Week 6 loss vs. Montreal

-- Als produce 521 net yards on offence

-- Calvillo completes 30 of 36 passes for 349 yards

OFFENCE OFF HOOK FOR NOW

Those pining for the Argos to initiate changes on offence will have to wait.

According to head coach Jim Barker, he’s seen enough progress by the offence that he remains convinced that change is not required. At least not now.

“I see progress,’’ said Barker. “We’re not at the point where we can win games, but we’re at the point where we’re not going to lose games.

“I see us moving forward on offence, but it will take time.”

The reason he parted ways with defensive co-ordinator Chip Garber is that Barker wasn’t seeing any progress on defence, which was the foundation for his rebuild of the team.

What gives Barker reason for optimism is the sight of Cleo Lemon not getting sacked, the presence of a running game and the continued evolution of his quarterback.

At least in the first half against Montreal on Thursday, the Argos went toe-to-toe with the Als, but couldn’t maintain their level in a disappointing second half.

With runinng back Cory Boyd expected to return for next Saturday night’s tussle in Hamilton, Chad Kackert will likely get moved to the non-active list, a victim of the CFL’s nasty import ratio.

Until the Argos develop a consistent passing game, the key will be the team’s ability to stay out of second-and-long scenarios and avoid turning over the ball, which they’ve done far too often in losing five in a row.

O'SHEA TO HAVE HIS SAY

While Mike O’Shea’s job description won’t be changing any time soon, he’s expected to have input on how the Argos play defence.

O’Shea and Orlondo Steinauer are former teammates and Grey Cup champions, friends who have each been identified by Jim Barker as head coaches in waiting.

When he decided to go in a new direction by replacing Chip Garber with Steinauer as defensive co-ordinator, Barker revealed that O’Shea had no say in the team’s game-planning.

But he will now, by lending his experience, without compromising his primary duty as the team’s special teams co-ordinator.

Defensive line coach George Dyer and linebackers coach Greg Quick are likely to have more say, but it’s ultimately up to Steinauer to devise a defensive gameplan.

When he assembled his staff last year, Barker gave some thought to having Steinauer serve as the team’s defensive co-ordinator, but thought it would be unfair to place the rookie CFL assistant into that high-pressure, high-profiled position.

Only time will tell if Steinauer is the right choice, but Barker is fully aware his job is on the line if the Argos don’t start winning.

“It’s the nature of this business and the time will come when it’ll be me,’’ Barker said of the tenuous position of any coach in a losing situation. “Right now, it was my call. I felt it was the move we needed to make.”


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