Hard work not paying for Argos

Argonauts lineman Ricky Foley says that there are some positives to be drawn from the team's 2-7...

Argonauts lineman Ricky Foley says that there are some positives to be drawn from the team's 2-7 record. (QMI Agency)

Terry Koshan, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:55 PM ET

When you’re scraping along rock bottom, there are no moral victories.

That’s the attitude of some in the Argonauts locker room as the team wrestles with the fact it will take a 2-7 record into the second half of the 2011 Canadian Football League regular season.

“You can’t keep losing and be, like: ‘Okay, we’re working hard,’” defensive end Ricky Foley said following the 29-16 loss to the B.C. Lions on Friday night.

“You’re supposed to work hard. It’s professional football. You are paid to work hard, you are paid to go out there and bust your ass.

“It’s great to pick out positive things, and there are positive things we are doing, but man, come on, you have to win.”

No one in the Argos locker room, and few, if any, outside it, predicted the club would have stumbled to a 2-7 mark. But that’s what you get with a defence that regressed, causing the firing last month of co-ordinator Chip Garber, and with an offence that is hell-bent on erasing whatever steps forward it has taken.

“We had a lot of success last year and we thought we could pick right up off where we were,” Foley said. “We’ve had some tough breaks, hard schedule, whole bunch of stuff has been against us. We have to deal with it and we have to win.”

The view is shared by offensive captain Jeremaine Copeland.

“I’ve been playing since I was five years old and I have never had a record like this,” Copeland said. “It’s just not good. Something has to crack overall.”


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