Rush to judgment for Argos O-line

During a game in 2013 in Toronto, Argos quarterback Ricky Ray is forced to ground the ball under...

During a game in 2013 in Toronto, Argos quarterback Ricky Ray is forced to ground the ball under heavy pressure from Roughriders defensive lineman Ricky Foley -- who won a Grey Cup with the Double Blue in 2012. The Boatmen know that they must handle Saskatchewan's fierce rush if they want to win Saturday's game. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:14 AM ET

TORONTO - So unorthodox is Gary Etcheverry’s defence that the Argonauts went back five years to see every nuance, every look along the line of scrimmage, every potential counter.

When an offensive line gives up one sack, it’s a start, even though the Argos would start the season by getting pounded in The ’Peg.

So basic is Saskatchewan’s defence that the Argos don’t really have to look that far in finding ways to move the chains and put points on the board. In essence, all that’s required is to look in the mirror.

As much as Winnipeg deserved last week’s result, the Double Blue played like a team that had just met on the bus ride to the stadium, committing an eye-popping 22 penalties, generating no pass rush, getting beaten in the secondary, unable to run the football or sustain drives and turning the ball over twice that led to 14 points in a 45-21 rout.


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