Boyd not sounding like happy Argo camper

Argos running back Cory Boyd gets wrapped up by Alouettes tacklers during Monday's loss in...

Argos running back Cory Boyd gets wrapped up by Alouettes tacklers during Monday's loss in Montreal, Que. Boyd isn't happy about the lack of carries he's getting this year. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:23 PM ET

TORONTO - Okay, so Cory Boyd says his controversial tweets in the aftermath of another Argonauts loss on Monday were nothing more than a joke.

But the running back clearly is not thrilled with his situation or that of his team with just four games left in a 2011 season that has been nothing to laugh at.

Where general manager and head coach Jim Barker has insisted for the past couple of days that the reason Boyd carried the football just seven times — for 27 yards in a 29-19 loss to the Alouettes in Montreal — was because the Als defence took away the Boyd option.

“We had a philosophy last year, that it did not matter what the defence did, they stacked the box tremendously and we still pounded it down their throats,” Boyd said after the Argos practised, without equipment or helmets, in the rain at Erindale on Wednesday.

“It didn’t matter. We dictated how the game was going to go, not the other way around.”

In 10 games this season, Boyd has rushed 122 times for 665 yards and four touchdowns. A year ago, when the consensus was that he would have won the Canadian Football League rushing title had he not been injured, Boyd had 1,359 yards and six majors on 226 carries. His average now is 5.5 yards, down half a yard from 2010.

Boyd continued to say that despite his lack of touches against Montreal, he was “not frustrated at all,” though his social media rants indicated otherwise.

For Barker, adjusting to the social media world as a head coach has caused some headaches. Barker didn’t say he wished outlets such as twitter didn’t exist, but he didn’t have to.

“It’s hard for people to understand, but you say things that are worldwide now,” Barker said. “It’s a different time. Coaching is different than it was three years ago because of social media.

“It changes all the time. It’s twitter today and who knows what it’s going to be tomorrow. Players have to understand that what they say (goes everywhere).”

In the bigger picture, Barker was quick to say that there are no problems in the locker room. It has been intimated that Barker, in his second season as coach, might have lost the room.

“We have no issues,” Barker said. “You watch our team practise, you talk to our players, there are no issues.

“People can insinuate what they want. We understand what we are doing here. Every guy in our locker room understands what we are doing here. We’re going to be absolutely fine.”

Perhaps, but the question is, when? The Argos, rather, the city of Toronto, will play host to the 2012 Grey Cup, and there’s no telling now what kind of team the Boatmen will be in 12 months. The Argos were 9-9 last season, but a few of those wins, some feel, were lucky.

Whatever the case, Boyd and his teammates will try to salvage something in the final month, starting on Friday night at the Rogers Centre against the Calgary Stampeders.

Yet the Argos have learned the hard way that what happens one year will not necessarily carry over to the next.

“I look at last season and compared to this season, it does not look good statistically and that’s what most people look at,” Boyd said. “At the end of the season, trades happen, anything can happen. If you are a guy people expect a lot of and you’re not producing, it gives them reason to move on.

“I expect more out of myself, I expect I could help this team a lot more. When the coaches are challenging the offence to produce, I am taking that personally because I want to be great. I want to be that guy, when crunch time comes, you can depend on me.”

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