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Matthews' stunning change not a surprise

Duane Forde
9/15/2008 7:27:18 PM
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A few thoughts on the Toronto Argonauts' decision to change up starting quarterbacks on Monday.

Looking at the CFL resume of Cody Pickett compared to that of Kerry Joseph, one can't help but wonder if Don Matthews has lost his mind.

But Matthews has history on his side.

His moves are usually bold and often shocking. But his personnel decisions are never rash. And they're also usually right.

He launched his last stint with the Argonauts in 1996 by moving future Hall of Famer Mike 'Pinball' Clemons from running back to slotback. Clemons became an All-Star at that position.

When he was hired by the Montreal Alouettes in 2002, he benched star running back Mike Pringle and rebuilt his offence around quarterback Anthony Calvillo, who became a 6,000-yard passer under Matthews.

These moves accomplished the secondary goal of getting his team's attention.

More importantly, they were key factors in leading those teams to Grey Cup wins in Matthews' first year.

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