Argos' Green remains very optimistic on how team's offence will function
It was Green Day Sunday night at Scotiabank Arena, site of Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
There was Draymond Green and Danny Green on the floor, Sergio Garcia, winner of golf’s coveted Green Jacket watching as a spectator, S.J. Green sitting in the stands and naturally all the greenbacks the rich set forked over to sit courtside.
By Green’s side was teammate James Wilder.
“Outside of being in awe with the group of talented men playing that game was the support the city showed for that team,’’ said Green, who has attended Raptors games in the past. “It really showed me how the city of Toronto really loves the city of Toronto and they support their own.
“It would be great to see some of those guys at our games, too.”
Toronto loves a winner, especially one that provides great entertainment.
Getting suppport for the CFL in Toronto in tough, but Green is hopeful of winning over fans once people begin to pay attention to the Argos’ offence.
“I’ve yet to play in an offence, and this is my 13th year in the league, that has the capabilities of this offence,’’ said Green. “With that being said I’m happy to be part of it and I’m looking forward to what it can bring. We have so many limitless options.”
With Jacques Chapdelaine in charge of the unit as its offensive co-ordinator, the Argos are planning to air it out and take shots down the field.
Green’s first year in Toronto would see the Argos win a Grey Cup championship, but then came last season’s four-win debacle.
When they won, the Argos had DeVier Posey line up at the boundary wideout with Green inside at slotback.
Posey parlayed his MVP performance in the Grey Cup with a job in Baltimore for the NFL’s Ravens.
When he was released, Posey decided to sign with B.C.
In his absence, the Argos could not find a player remotely close.
But with Derel Walker in the fold, the Argos have that much-coveted deep threat and legitimate playmaker.
Walker dropped a ball in last Thursday’s pre-season opener, but would make amends by hauling in a touchdown.
Green was his normal spectacular self, looking very much comfortable with the new offence.
With Walker by his side, the days of Green getting double-covered or bracketed would appear to be over.
“Derel Walker is Derel Walker,’’ said Green. “From the first day he stepped on the field in this league he made his presence felt. To have another guy on the outside like that on this team, it’s going to open things up and not to mention Armanti (Edwards) being the most under-rated receiver in the league.
“Just to have those two guys on this team is just amazing. I think the talent we have on this team is amazing. I think we’re going to put a lot of stress on opposing defences.”
It starts with James Franklin, the Argos’ starting quarterback, and up front where the Argos’ offensive line must control the line of scrimmage.
What will define this offence is Chapdelaine’s philosophy of being aggressive and risk-taking.
Despite the wretched offence the Argos ran last season, Green managed a 1,000-yard season, but it took until the season finale in Ottawa to reach that plateau.
Green doesn’t need motivation, but he does admit the potential of this year’s offence is extra motivation.
“I’ve been through a lot to where I am today, so I don’t need that extra push,’’ said Green. “But to have the group that we have here, to be in this environment that we have, it is reinvigorating. It does kind of re-energize and just give you that boost of confidence as to what the future can hold for this group.”
BOATENG TAKES THE LONG WAY
Argos DB Matt Boateng’s football path has taken him from Canada to the United States, from IMG Academy, to junior college and Fresno State with stops in between.
For Boateng, who attended Pickering High, it’s been quite the journey.
At Fresno State, he was fortunate enough to meet Orlondo Steinauer, an Argo during his playing days who was an assistant under Scott Milanovich when the club won the 100th Grey Cup in 2012.
The man known as O left the Hammer for Fresno State before returning last season.
He’s now the team’s head coach.
“He’s a great guy,’’ said Boateng. “I learned a lot from Coach O.”
Steinauer’s specialty is on defence having played in the secondary.
Boateng is a defensive back whom the Argos selected in this year’s CFL draft.
“Before he was a coach, he (Steinauer) was a great man,’’ added Boateng. “That’s something any player can look for when connecting with a coach. You can relate to him as a person and that made it a lot easier with the coaching aspect.
Boateng will get his final shot to showcase his skills Thursday when the Argos travel to Hamilton to close out the pre-season.