Back to the drawing board for Argonauts

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray goes through some stretching exercises during practice at...

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray goes through some stretching exercises during practice at York University in Toronto, July 2, 2014. (JACK BOLAND/QMI Agency)

Frank Zicarelli, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:44 PM ET

TORONTO - To say last week’s season-opening loss in Winnipeg was a rude awakening to the many new faces on Toronto’s defence would be to state the obvious.

From the opening kickoff, which the host Blue Bombers would march the length of the field for a touchdown, the Argos looked disjointed, unsure of their responsibilities, undisciplined, completely out of character.

As if to add insult to injury, film session proved an even more humbling experience.

“It was brutal,’’ said first-year defensive lineman Tristan Okpalaugo. “Watching all those little things, it just hurt watching. It was kind of disgusting, actually.”

As a team, the Argos took 22 penalties, calls that either extended drives for the home side or penalties that forced the Argos’ offence to operate on a long field.

Offensively, the Argos aren’t as bad as what played out last week, the team’s core a collection of proven playmakers.


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