Naylor: Argonauts face questions at the quarterback position

Dave Naylor
11/22/2010 7:52:51 PM
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The biggest question facing the Toronto Argonauts this off-season is what they will do at quarterback for 2011.

Argo head coach Jim Barker calls Lemon's first CFL season a learning year and it was surely that. The Argos ranked last in most passing categories with Lemon making all but one start. And in the post-season the offence failed to demonstrate any degree of consistency.

Which is why Barker said the starting quarterback role is an open question headed into next season. With backups Dalton Bell and Ken Dorsey having only limited CFL experience, that would seem to open up the possibility of an off-season move.

Elsewhere, the Argos don't have to worry about star running back Cory Boyd bolting to the NFL for at least another season. And in the front office, this season marks the end of the relationship with longtime general manager Adam Rita -- whose contract is expiring and who will not be offered another position in the organization.

Barker is open to taking on both the coach and GM roles but that offer has not as yet been made.

Meanwhile in Calgary, the Stampeders will try and hold together a team that won 13 games during the regular season before being edged out in a close Western final by Saskatchewan.

But with more than a half-dozen prominent potential free agents – a list that includes Juwan Simpson, Brandon Browner, Brandon Smith and Romby Bryant – the salary cap is likely to force some change on the Stampeders for next season.

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