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Your 2023 Toronto Argos: Getting it done with dominant D


Get up-to-date with the defending Grey Cup Champions and East Division leading 2023 Toronto Argonauts

TORONTO, August 20, 2023 – This year’s edition of the reigning Grey Cup Champion – Toronto Argonauts is riding high, currently holding the top spot in the East, two points ahead of Montreal with a game in hand and a commanding 7-1 record. However, this year’s success comes with a twist of uncertainty. Let’s get you caught up with all things ‘Arrrrgos,’ starting with that biting November day in Mosaic Stadium.

In the world of Canadian football, where the three-down game reigns supreme, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were poised for a historic three-peat. Prognosticators and gridiron aficionados unanimously crowned them the victors over the Argos, predicting not just a win, but a resounding conquest. The Bombers were heralded as an unstoppable force, their destiny seemingly etched in pigskin. Armed with the league’s most potent offence and the MVP quarterback, Zach Collaros, the anticipation among their fervent fans was palpable. A Grey Cup parade through the iconic Portage and Main was merely a formality. However, the narrative of unpredictability unfolded once again, reminding us that even the most informed analysts can find themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard. Look, Trump was way behind the polls and the pundits all expected Hillary to be the first woman President.

On that biting November day, within the confines of Mosaic Stadium, the Toronto Argos definitely rewrote the script. Defying expectations, they emerged as the victors in a showdown where the impossible triumphed over the anticipated. Sporting a rookie quarterback, Chad Kelly, and bolstered by the prowess of Andrew Harris as well as an unyielding defence, the Argos silenced the pundits and snatched a 24-23 victory from the jaws of their incumbent rivals.

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The Toronto Argonauts are riding high in the 2023 season, currently holding the top spot in the East, two points ahead of Montreal with a game in hand and a commanding 7-1 record. However, this year’s success comes with a twist of uncertainty, particularly in the quarterback department.


Last season’s starting quarterback, McLeod Bethel-Thompson bid farewell to the Argonauts to join the revival of the USFL – yes, the league is making a comeback. It’s a story that could only happen in the world of sports, where unexpected twists and turns are the norm. Originally, there were talks of a fusion between the CFL and XFL during the pandemic, forming the Canadian Extreme Football League. But those plans fell apart, largely due to the ambitious plans of WWE founder and pitchman, Vince McMahon, not quite aligning with CFL Head Honcho Randy Ambroise

A Troubled Past

Turning back to the Argonauts, Thompson’s departure left a significant gap at the quarterback position. The team pinned their hopes on Chad Kelly, who had stepped in for an injured Bethel-Thompson during the Grey Cup and orchestrated a dramatic last-minute winning drive. Drawing from his past successes at Ole Miss and hoping to put his troubled NFL history behind him, Kelly’s chance to shine was upon him.

The quarterback role is crucial for most pro football teams, often the defining factor that can elevate an average team to greatness. Just look at Tom Brady’s transformation of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brett Favre’s magical season with the Minnesota Vikings, or Joe Montana’s revival of the Kansas City Chiefs. The quarterback, as they say, is the heart of the team

Behind Bars

This season, the Argos are banking on Chad Kelly to fill that role and repeat his past successes. Currently leading the league in passing, Kelly is steering the ship. Yet, his journey is riddled with past disciplinary problems that extend beyond the football field, a history that some believe should have him behind bars.

Apart from Kelly, the Argonauts boast A.J. Ouellette, who leads the league in rushing, and a talented group of wide receivers including the Canadian standout Kurleigh Gittens Jr. and DaVaris Daniel. On defense, the Argos work as a cohesive unit, keeping their opponents on their toes.

As the season progresses, all eyes are on Kelly – the nephew of the legendary Jim Kelly – as he strives to redefine his narrative and lead the Argonauts to victory once again. The spotlight is back on Toronto, and the question remains whether Kelly’s past will overshadow his potential for a triumphant future.

Dominant Defensive Players Propel Toronto Argonauts

The Toronto Argonauts’ defense has been a powerhouse on the field this season, with key players leading the charge to stifle opposing offenses. Let’s take a closer look at the standout performances from some of the team’s defensive stars:

LB Wynton McManis: In his inaugural season (2022) with the Argos, Wynton McManis made an indelible mark. Despite a knee injury that curtailed his regular-season appearances to just 14 games, McManis demonstrated his prowess with a remarkable 88 defensive tackles. His versatility shone through with seven special teams tackles, three sacks, two interceptions (including an impressive touchdown), and a forced fumble. McManis’ 88 tackles propelled him to a commendable sixth place in the league, marking a career-best achievement. His three sacks and two interceptions also set personal records, underscoring his significant impact on the team’s performance. In recognition of his stellar contributions, McManis earned the distinction of being the team’s nominee for the coveted Most Outstanding Defensive Player award.

DT Shawn Oakman: Shawn Oakman, a formidable presence on the interior defensive line, secured his second East All-Star recognition after his remarkable performance in the league last season. In 2022 Oakman continued to showcase his dominance with six sacks, 28 defensive tackles, and a forced fumble. His ability to disrupt plays from his position has been invaluable to the Argos’ defensive strategy. Oakman’s consistency and impact on the game were further acknowledged as he secured his spot as a CFL All-Star in 2021.

CB Jamal Peters: Jamal Peters, another rising star in his second year with the Argos, made a resounding impact on the field. Peters made his debut appearance on a Division All-Star team with a standout season. Leading the CFL with six interceptions, he showcased his knack for reading plays and making game-changing turnovers. His ability to capitalize on interceptions was evident as he amassed an impressive 137 interception return yards, punctuated by a touchdown. Peters’ overall defensive prowess extended to 57 defensive tackles and a sack across 15 games. His remarkable performance was highlighted by a standout performance during a week 12 matchup against Hamilton, where he secured a remarkable hat-trick of interceptions.

These stellar defensive players, including McManis, Oakman, and Peters, have been instrumental in fortifying the Toronto Argonauts’ defensive line. Their consistent and impactful contributions have propelled the team’s defense to new heights, playing a pivotal role in the Argos’ success on the field.


Chad Kelly’s Remarkable Journey: From Family Ties to CFL Triumph

Chad Kelly, a quarterback with a unique football legacy, defied expectations and setbacks to make his mark in the world of football. Emerging from the shadow of his famous uncle, Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, Chad’s journey was marked by challenges and triumphs.

Growing up near his uncle’s football legacy in Western New York, Chad faced the pressure of high expectations due to his familial ties. Despite this, he showcased his talent in high school and college, displaying prowess in both passing and rushing. Kelly’s college career included a notable stint at Ole Miss, where his exceptional abilities propelled his team to victories and even earned him the MVP title in a Sugar Bowl game.

Mr. Irrelevant

Kelly’s NFL journey had its share of ups and downs. Drafted by the Denver Broncos as “Mr. Irrelevant,” he faced legal troubles and arrests during his time in the league. Despite setbacks, he found opportunities with the Indianapolis Colts but faced suspension and release. A brief coaching role brought him back to the sport he loved, but his playing career seemed to be on hold.

Game Winning Drive

However, Kelly’s story took an unexpected turn when he signed with the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL in 2022. As the backup quarterback, he bided his time until a pivotal moment during the Grey Cup when he was thrust into action and led his team to victory with a stunning game-winning drive.

Kelly’s success validated his potential as a CFL starter, and he was entrusted with the role for the following season. He acknowledged areas for improvement and recognized the importance of coaching in his progress. While he didn’t rule out an NFL return, he emphasized his focus on being present in the moment and cherishing his time in the CFL.

Chad Kelly’s journey from family expectations to overcoming challenges and seizing unexpected opportunities exemplifies his determination and love for the game. His story is a testament to resilience, adaptability, and the pursuit of excellence in the face of adversity.

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Argos Remaining Schedule

Week 12

  • Date: Friday, August 25
  • Time: 7:30 PM EDT
  • Opponent: Calgary Stampeders

Week 13

  • Date: Monday, September 4
  • Time: 3:30 PM EDT
  • Opponent: Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Week 14

  • Date: Saturday, September 9
  • Time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Opponent: Montreal Alouettes

Week 15

  • Date: Friday, September 15
  • Time: 7:00 PM EDT
  • Opponent: Montreal Alouettes

Week 16

  • Date: Saturday, September 23
  • Time: 7:00 PM EDT
  • Opponent: Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Week 17

  • Date: Friday, September 29
  • Time: 8:00 PM EDT
  • Opponent: Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Week 18

  • Date: Friday, October 6
  • Time: 7:00 PM EDT
  • Opponent: Edmonton Elks

Week 19

  • Date: Saturday, October 14
  • Time: 7:00 PM EDT
  • Opponent: Ottawa Redblacks

Week 20

  • Date: Saturday, October 21
  • Time: 4:00 PM EDT
  • Opponent: Saskatchewan Roughriders

Week 21

  • Date: Saturday, October 28
  • Time: 7:00 PM EDT
  • Opponent: Ottawa Redblacks

These upcoming games will shape the remainder of Toronto’s season, as they strive to secure victories and possibly earn a spot in the prestigious Grey Cup championship game.

by Myles Shane

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