Argonauts QB Ricky Ray gave a confidence and performance boost to many players on the Double Blue roster. (REUTERS)
All it took was one move, one pivotal piece no less, for the Argonauts to position themselves as legitimate Grey Cup contenders.
As the football fates would have it, only one season was required for the Double Blue to win a title.
But under no circumstance would the Argos have won the 100th Grey Cup had Ricky Ray not arrived, the single most impactful move in the CFL that not only dramatically changed the fortunes in Toronto, but it would put in motion change in Edmonton that continues to be felt.
As one begins to assess the Argos in the off-season, Ray’s impact continues to be felt, his shadow so large that it’ll be felt for years, which is a good thing.
Teams can acquire whatever piece, line them up on either side of the ball and dole out whatever kind of money necessary, but it’s often an exercise in futility if a bona fide signal caller capable of reading defences and delivering the football to the right guy in the right place isn’t in place.