Argos' Shell: 'All or none'

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

REGINA - As Lin-J Shell so aptly described it, the Argos’ defence is designed to make plays.

And when plays aren’t being made, big plays are being yielded.

Big plays summed up Saturday’s 30-20 setback to Saskatchewan, a team that won for the third time in a row by taking advantage of Toronto’s defence.

“All or none,’’ Shell, Toronto’s starting half back, said. “You try to make big plays and sometimes it doesn’t work. It just happens.”

Chris Getzlaf made the biggest plays, at least offensively for the Riders, hauling in seven receptions for 170 yards and one touchdown.

A 64-yard reception set up a Weston Dressler six-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that would give the hosts a 14-12 lead and pretty much set the table for the second half.

“Getzlaf wasn’t doing anything special,” said Shell. “I mean, he’s a great player, and he was making catches.”

Whether it’s communication, angle pursuit, getting beat, Getzlaf could not be stopped.

“All teams play certain defences where they live by the sword or die by the sword,’’ added Shell. “If one intricate part is not done, they (opponents) have a high percentage of making a play.”

Shell believes perhaps changing techniques may minimize the chances of a big play being yielded.

Defensively, the Argos played well enough to give their team a chance, but too many big plays, yet again, cost them, including a questionable pass interference call to Sean Smalls.


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