Boatmen defence half empty, half full

You can bet that this Argos sack by Robert McCune on B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay happened...

You can bet that this Argos sack by Robert McCune on B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay happened during the second half of last week's game. Why? Because the Scullers defence has been terrible the first half this season. (REUTERS)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:42 PM ET

Brandon Isaac can’t put a finger on it or offer any logical explanation why the Argos defence has looked so defenceless at times in the first half of both games.

In each second half, it’s as though the reset button gets triggered and Toronto plays at a level that is eerily reminiscent of last season’s dominant unit.

In Chris Jones, the Argos have arguably the CFL’s finest in-game co-ordinator in making the necessary adjustments.

When Hamilton came to town to usher in the Argos’ home opener, Toronto’s defence yielded but three points in the second half of a wild win, a night that would end with two potentially game-winning throws that fell incomplete.

Last week in B.C., the Argos were vulnerable against the run, surrendered some plays down the field, but their defence, which held the Lions to 10 second-half points, gave Toronto a chance to win.


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