Jyles looking for payback

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:48 AM ET

WINNIPEG - He did not come right out and say it but you know that Argos quarterback Steven Jyles would love to exact some revenge against the team that dealt him away so suddenly when he faces it for the first time in Toronto on Saturday night.

Jyles, who was dealt to Toronto by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last winter, will make just his third start for the Argos.

And he is still rankled about how that trade came about.

A week before the trade was made, Jyles had asked Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice and offensive co-ordinator Jamie Barresi if he was still in Winnipeg’s plans, and they assured him that he was.

“I kind of saw it (trade) coming when they decided not to extend me (his contract),’’ Jyles told QMI Agency’s Frank Zicarelli on Friday. “When I talked with LaPolice and Barresi, they said, ‘No, you’re coming here (Winnipeg). You’re going to be here.’ I had a mindset that I was going to be back in Winnipeg.

“A week later, I get the phone call that I was traded to Toronto. It was a bit of a surprise, but then again it wasn’t. When they don’t extend you, there’s a reason they didn’t extend and you should have known a trade was possible.”

They also dealt him while he was still recovering from a shoulder injury.

“Jyles is out, he’s going to try to play his best against us so, we’ve just got to go in there prepared,” Bombers defensive back Alex Suber said.

Yet, Jyles expressed no public animosity towards the Bombers.

“I don’t hate any of those guys. It’s part of the game,” said Jyles, who completed 196 of 318 passes (61.2%) for 2,804 yards and 19 touchdowns, with seven interceptions for the Bombers last season.

“The truth of the matter is, we lost a lot of close ball games and it’s easier to blame the quarterback or say the quarterback is the reason …

“I have to win, that’s the bottom line. It’s that way with every quarterback in this league. You have to win. And if you win, everything goes smoothly.”

To date, Jyles is 0-2 as the Toronto starter.

Argos head coach Jim Barker spoke to Jyles about trying not to do too much against his former team.

“He’s been around enough and has watched enough guys come and go, and he’s gone through that trying to do too much,’’ Barker said. “He’s extremely competitive and I don’t worry about him. I know he’s excited about playing the Bombers. You never know what happens when it gets into the game. I know this is a game he’s very excited about.”

The Bombers know, too.

“He’s going to give that team a spark, and we have to match that,” Winnipeg QB Buck Pierce said.

— With files from Frank Zicarelli


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