Fall guy for T.O.'s woes

Former Toronto Argonauts receiver Robert Baker (left) was a victim of the blame game, claims his...

Former Toronto Argonauts receiver Robert Baker (left) was a victim of the blame game, claims his agent. (Winnipeg Sun/Marcel Cretain)

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

Robert Baker was made one of the scapegoats in Toronto, his agent suggested yesterday.

The Blue Bombers claimed the import wide receiver off CFL waivers Friday after the Argos released him in the throes of a losing streak.

"Robert's very frustrated right now for taking some of the blame in Toronto," said Bill Phief, Baker's Toronto-based agent. "Robert hates to lose and he was very vocal about it. He wanted the ball. He wanted to do something to help the team win but he couldn't do it if he didn't get the ball."

THE LAST STRAW

Baker, however, reportedly missed a team meeting in Montreal, which was the last straw for Argo head coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons. Baker will likely suit up when Winnipeg plays host to the Argos on Aug. 25.

"Robert's very excited about what the head coach (Doug Berry) and GM (Brendan Taman) have said to him about liking his style," Phief said.

Baker was looking after some family matters and declining interviews on the weekend.

QB SEARCH: While scouting NFL camps, Taman has contacted quarterbacks such as ex-NFLer Ryan Dinwiddie, CFL journeyman Darnell Kennedy and former Montreal Alouette Ted White to get some help while starting quarterback Kevin Glenn recovers from a knee injury.

"There won't be anything confirmed for a quarterback for a couple of days," Taman said last night. "And there's definitely no trade for a (CFL) quarterback (pending)."

Toronto, B.C. and Hamilton have also had to deal with injuries to their starting quarterbacks this season, and the Argos failed to win a game until Damon Allen returned from his.

"I guess there's something to be said for the CFL protecting their marquee quarterbacks because you see the result in terms of decline in play of those teams that have had to face that challenge," said Bombers defensive lineman Doug Brown.

The Bombers also lost veteran slotback Milt Stegall (ribs) for two games, both losses.

"We just haven't handled the challenges that come with any season of football in terms of injuries and depth and adversity," Brown said. "That's the frustrating part. We're a really good team when all the parts are in place and all the cylinders are running, but you take a cog out of that and it's a little bit of a meltdown right now. That's the disappointing part, that we can't get it done when the obstacles that you encounter in any season are presented to you."

NO JONES: Forget rumours that import offensive lineman Garrick Jones is on his way back here. Although the NFL's Falcons officially released him, Jones remains on Atlanta's "reserve left squad," said Taman, who did check into his availability.

BUCK BUCKLED: B.C. QB Buck Pierce was apparently so woozy from the hits he was taking Friday that he requested smelling salts several times during the game.

"I got rattled a few times but I had to shake it off as fast as I could and get back in there," Pierce told the Vancouver Province.

Pierce needed four stitches to close a cut in his chin after Bombers DL Ron Warner inadvertently hit the chin with his helmet. The CFL will likely fine Warner for the hit.

MATT BACK: Non-import OL Matt Sheridan should be ready to return for the Aug. 25 game against the Argos, which should free up an import spot. So former Calgary import WR Scottie Anderson may get his first taste of action as a Bomber.


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