TORONTO - For every year Robert McCune has played football, there’s been a player cut who turned heads, causing a ripple that trickles inside the locker room.
More than any player, McCune knows the business of football, bottom-line sport where nothing is taken for granted, where being able to adopt to a new environment is as important as learning a play book.
“I’ve been playing (pro) football for nine years,’’ began McCune. “There’s always a player released that shocks the city, shocks the press.”
McCune’s release by Calgary did take him by surprise, a move that has now taken him to Toronto and potentially to the top of the depth chart at middle linebacker.
McCune played under Chris Jones’ defence in Calgary, where McCune also got acquainted with Brandon Isaac and Ahmad Carroll, familiar faces on defence who helped make McCune’s first day in Argoland less stressful.
“Calgary made a decision that was best for that franchise,’’ said McCune, who is versatile enough to line up at defensive end. “Chris Jones got me out here, which is the best decision for Toronto.
“I’m here now to help the Argos win by bringing my style of play.”
McCune’s style is very much in tune with Jones’ philosophy.
“Fast, aggressive, run around and make plays,’’ McCune began in describing the Jones defence. “Chris is a very aggressive coach. We talk all the time and he’s such a great guy.
“What Chris wants is for players to always play fast and be aggressive. They’ll always be mistakes, but you can make it up with your effort.”
McCune arrived late Thursday and barely had time to catch up on Jones’ defence, which will have some tweaks from McCune’s two-year run in Calgary.
“I felt pretty good,’’ McCune said of his first day as an Argo. “It’s just a matter of getting refreshed.
“A lot of things we did (Friday) I knew, but there are some things I’ll need to go back and study.”
The Stamps, in explaining their decision to release McCune, cited young depth.
“I was very surprised Calgary let me go,’’ McCune said. “But at the same time this is professional football.”
For McCune, it’s a time to turn the page.