TORONTO - Armchair quarterbacks will now be wondering whom the Argos will turn to as the Montreal Alouettes come to town on Sunday.
As far as head coach Scott Milanovich is concerned, the option is pretty clear.
“If Ricky isn’t able to go, Jarious will be our quarterback,’’ said the head coach after his team looked shell-shocked Monday in losing 36-10 to the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Ricky Ray missed his second straight game (knee) and clearly the Argos missed their field general.
Jarious Jackson filled in for the second successive week, but he couldn’t deliver after helping deliver a win in Winnipeg last Saturday night.
Pass protection was an issue, there were dropped balls, a fumble by Gerald Riggs Jr., who was filling in for an injured Chad Kackert (ribs), and a missed block on the very first play from scrimmage from Dontrell Inman that was almost turned into a pick six.
“When you play that way offensively, it’s more than just one guy,’’ Milanovich said.
The Argos could not produce a single point in the second half, had almost as many penalty yards (126) than passing yards (165) and could not generate any big play.
“Players and coaches have been through this enough in their careers to be able to put it (a loss) behind them and we have throughout this season,’’ said Milanovich.
“This is no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have a huge game in our place and we’ve got to do whatever it takes to get a win.”
Toronto’s lack of offence did force its defence to stay on the field far too long, eventually caving in during a third-quarter sequence that featured two Saskatchewan scores, both big gains, along the ground by Kory Sheets, through the air by Weston Dressler, to completely demoralize the home side.
“Something happened today (Monday) and I can’t put my finger on it, but we didn’t play well,’’ Milanovich added. “This certainly can’t happen again next week.”
The Argos return to the practice field on Wednesday, when a better idea of Ray’s status should be made clearer.
“We’re (coaches) are going to look them in the eye when they come back in on Wednesday and we’re going to find out what it takes to win and be a good team,’’ continued Milanovich.
When Milanovich addressed his beleaguered bunch following the loss, the theme of accountability was raised.
“It’s all about us taking on responsibility,’’ Jackson said.
Asked how long Monday’s loss should resonate, the veteran Jackson was succinct.
“Tonight (Monday). That’s it. We play Montreal next week and if we’re still lingering on this loss we can’t move forward. Right now it’s all about moving forward.
“We understand we still have a shot at first in the East. We can dwell on this (Monday night) and maybe tomorrow (Tuesday) when we watch the film, but after that we have to let it go and move on.
“I hope when guys look at the film they’re honest with themselves. These games are won and lost early in the week in preparation.”