Jyles will stretch field: Barker

Steven Jyles takes a break during Toronto Argos training camp at U of T Mississauga in Toronto June...

Steven Jyles takes a break during Toronto Argos training camp at U of T Mississauga in Toronto June 1st, 2011. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:43 PM ET

TORONTO - Expect more mobility from the quarterback and stretching the field now that Steven Jyles has taken over from Cleo Lemon under centre for the Argonauts.

At least, that’s what Argos head coach Jim Barker has in mind. Jyles is not afraid to look downfield, and last year rushed 65 times for 452 yards in 16 games, while Lemon ran 39 times for 274 yards in 2010.

“The playbook expands because (Jyles) does things that the other quarterbacks don’t do,” Barker said. “As soon as you start adding the element of the quarterback running and scrambling, and what he does to the run game, that in itself expands the playbook.”

Argos fans became frustrated with Lemon because he did not exhibit, with any regularity, a desire to go down-field. That was not just a result of what plays were called, Barker said.

“There are things that go into why the ball goes to certain players on certain plays,” Barker said. “People think you call plays to throw a five-yard or a one-yard flat route on second and nine and that’s not the way it works, it’s not the way it is done.

“You design a play and the quarterback reads it and throws the ball where he thinks it is appropriate. Sometimes it is the right play, sometimes not. To say it was designed to throw the ball short all the time, that is not necessarily the case.”


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