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2015 CFL Team Previews: Argos Looking Like A Middle Of The Pack Team Once Again

2015 CFL Team Previews: Argos Looking Like A Middle Of The Pack Team Once Again

The Toronto Argonauts are coming off a rough season when they went 8-10, finished third in the East Division, and failed to make the playoffs. Can they do any better in 2015? Toronto Argonauts FuturesOdds To Win Grey Cup: +950Regular Season Win Total O/U: 8 wins Most Significant Offseason Changes While the biggest change is […]

The Toronto Argonauts are coming off a rough season when they went 8-10, finished third in the East Division, and failed to make the playoffs. Can they do any better in 2015?

Toronto Argonauts Futures
Odds To Win Grey Cup: +950
Regular Season Win Total O/U: 8 wins

Most Significant Offseason Changes

While the biggest change is the new ownership and move to a new field the owners will not take control of the team until January and the Argos will not move to the new field until after next season. Still, with those moves there is a renewed view of the team and their stability. Casey Creehan is the new defensive coordinator and he looks to improve upon a unit that gave up the third-most points in the league last season. Toronto had a pretty quiet offseason in terms of player movement.

They’ll Be Successful If…

Ricky Ray can recover from his shoulder surgery and the players can buy into Casey Creehan’s defensive scheme and be successful doing so. Ray is coming off rotator cuff shoulder surgery and the questions is when the 35-year-old can rebound from that?  Last season, he passed for the most yards and threw the most touchdowns in the league and if he comes back the Argos strong, the Argos should again have a competent offense. If not, that will be the start of everything that goes awry.

Curtis Steele is in the backfield after an up and down season when he ranked ninth in the league in rushing yards. He may have to shoulder more of the offensive load and this is especially the case if Ray struggles to get over his shoulder issues.

One key thing for Toronto being successful is getting off to a good start, which is no easy task this season. They play a very tough Edmonton team in their season opener at home and then have four straight road games.

They’ll Be Unsuccessful If…

Ray is not the same old gunslinger we are used to seeing, the defense has issues again, and the Argos struggle out of the gates. Backup quarterback Trevor Harris has skills, but if Ray is not under center, it is hard to see Toronto getting back to the playoffs. Corey Greenwood at linebacker is back with the team that selected him with the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, but played in the NFL for three seasons. He will be counted on to be one of the defensive leaders.

I mentioned the brutal early schedule that Toronto has and even after four games on the road, their next two home games are against B.C. and Hamilton, who won the East last season. Getting off to a solid start is key for the Argos, who were just 8-10 last season.

2015 Draft Tracker

1. Lavoie, Karl OL Laval
2. Durant, Lemar WR Simon Fraser
3. Varga, Tyler RB Yale
3. Campbell, Tevaughn DB Regina
3.Langlais, William FB Sherbrooke
5.Janke, Dexter DB     Saskatchewan
6. Picton, Aaron OL Regina
7. Buckley, Andrew QB Calgary

Outlook

Things are looking up for the future of the Argos, but will that future be this season? I would say no, as I think Ray will struggle to come back from his injury and while the defense may be improved it will not be a vast improvement.

Prediction: Third in East Division

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