Everything Old Is New Again
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Everything Old Is New Again

Two months after Cito Gaston returned to the dugout for the Blue Jays, Don Matthews is back in double blue as head coach of the Argonauts. Can it be long before Pat Quinn’s back with the Leafs? Let’s hope not, but like Gaston’s return, Matthews’s third stint in Toronto will likely have a positive impact on the team.
Rich Stubler simply looked stupefied on the football sidelines this season. He had been a great defensive coordinator since 2003, but he was simply overwhelmed by the big picture mentality and personality management necessary as head coach this season. Decisions made one week were reneged upon the next; popular veterans were unceremoniously tossed overboard; and the team was floundering with a 4-6 record. In the one year that the Argos really needed to prove themselves as an entertaining product—with the added pressure of new competition from the Buffalo Bills—the Boatmen appeared adrift on a rudderless ship after years of smooth sailing under owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski.
In the end the team loses a solid defensive coordinator, but the optics of demoting Stubler to his previous position (now occupied by Kavis Reed) might’ve seemed like an admission of poor leadership heading into the season. In Don Matthews, the team has recruited one of the greatest coaches in CFL history. He led the Doug Flutie-helmed Argos to back-to-back Grey Cup titles in 1996 and 1997 before splitting the last decade between Edmonton and Montreal. Having been sidelined since 2006 for health problems, Matthews will have to shake the rust off quickly to start salvaging the shipwreck of a season when the Argos host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday.
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