Argos in the communications business

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:32 PM ET

TORONTO - Two games in, and Willie Pile has caught on to the difference that new defensive co-ordinator Orlondo Steinauer has made.

“One thing Stein has brought to the defence is communication,” Pile, the Argonauts’ defensive captain, said. “Between the front and the secondary, the linebackers and the front. The more we talk, the more we understand what they go through on a daily basis.”

Said head coach Jim Barker: “That was the whole gist when the move was made, to get everybody communicating, so we become a more functional unit and not segmented. That has been part of the plan.”

The emphasis on creating turnovers has been key at practice the past two days. Under former defensive co-ordinator Chip Garber, the Argos took almost no chances.

“The making of a good defence, regardless of what is going on as far as giving up a big play, is you have to be aggressive and maintain the attitude that any chance you have to give the offence the ball back, you have to give them that,” Pile, the starting safety, said. “The more points we can put on, the more we force the other team to put the ball in the air.”

Not all of the Argos’ defenders are talking. Defensive back Evan McCollough, who missed Sunday’s practice when his flight out of Washington, D.C., was cancelled because of Hurricane Irene, refused to speak to reporters on Monday.

It’s believed McCollough was fined by the team.

“We dealt with it internally and don’t have anything more to say about it,” Barker said. “He understands he let his teammates down by not being here and we move forward.”


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