CALGARY — In a season of so much change, so many losses and just as many near misses, just about anything and everything has been explored by the Argos.
The latest scenario involves the Argos looking at the possibility of dressing two kickers, Zack Medeiros and Drew Brown.
Medeiros is a Canadian, or, as the CFL likes to classify, a national, Brown an American, Brown, better known in Canadian Football League vernacular as an international.
It’s always a delicate balance when ironing out a game roster in a league where the ratio plays such a huge role in how the roster shakes out and how the designated import plays out.
With the Argos playing the host Lions Saturday in B.C., Toronto does not have to reveal its roster until Friday when depth charts are released, a 46-man group that gets trimmed by two in the hours leading up to kickoff.
Argos head coach Marc Trestman does acknowledge the team has contemplated dressing both Medeiros and Brown.
“It’s something we’d like to try, but I don’t know if it can get done this week,’’ said Trestman.
The kicking game has been a source of concern from the start of the season, one of many issues that have plagued this group.
One can make the case that the Argos have lost as many three games because of their kicking, the most recent two weeks ago when Saskatchewan came to BMO Field and Medeiros missed two fourth-quarter field goal attempts in a one-point loss.
Medeiros, signed when Ronnie Pfeffer was injured, has a strong leg, but he has struggled.
Brown was signed on Friday, the same day the Argos were beaten by the host Stamps at McMahon Stadium.
According to Trestman, Brown strictly handles field goals and kickoffs.
“He’s not a punter,’’ said Trestman.
In a three-down league such as the CFL, the kicking game is as important as any position on the field, at times even more vital when a game is on the line and a field goal must be made or a directional punt executed.
Toronto’s current five-game funk began in Montreal on a night when Medeiros punted out of bounds to provide the host Als with good field position, which led to a field goal.
On the game’s final play, Medeiros missed from 55 yards, which would have sent the game into overtime.
The East-leading Redblacks carry two kickers, Canadian Lewis Ward and American Richie Leone, on their roster.
Ward has been lights out on field goals.
In B.C., the Lions have American Ty Long handling all three kicking duties.
ARGOS BEING PUNISHED FOR LACK OF DISCIPLINE
The total tally from five penalties on offence, four on defence and three more on special teams against the Stampeders here last Friday night resulted in 129 lost yards fir the Argonauts.
Incredibly, a week earlier against the visiting Roughriders, the Argos were penalized only three times and found themselves in a position to win.
But against the league-leading Stamps, the Boatmen’s penalty barrage helped Calgary create separation in the second half after leading just 14-10 at halftime.
The Stamps were penalized only three times for 16 yards.
The Argos had taken the fewest penalties all season heading into their date with the Stamps.
But it was ridiculous how wide receiver Llevi Noel was flagged when he was merely defending himself, and how an objectionable conduct call along the team’s sideline was whistled for no apparent reason.
The self-inflicted flags included two time-count violations, both in the opening half.
On defence, incidental contact flags kept Calgary drives alive.
“All around, our lack of discipline in all three phases was certainly apparent,’’ said head coach Marc Trestman. “Against a team like that we’re down seven points (in the third quarter) and we’ve got a physical, highly competitive football game going on and we let it get away from us.”
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