All Hope Is Not Lost for the Toronto Argonauts

Imtiaz FerdousCorrespondent IIJuly 14, 2010

DETROIT - NOVEMBER 09: Cleo Lemon #17 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks to handoff the ball against the Detroit Lions on November 9, 2008 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Jacksonville defeated Detroit 38-14. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Argonauts have been the laughingstock of the league for a long time. They have had a terrible defense in recent years, and now they have a terrible offense. So why is all hope not lost?

For starters, there is a new quarterback by the name of Cleo Lemon. Granted, he's 30 years old and failed in the NFL, but he has shown flashes of brilliance in his short career as an Argonaut.

The key to Lemon is he can pass and run, making him a double threat. It is difficult to run the football in the CFL (three downs means you have to pass more to get more yardage), so the fact that he can run it on a passing play makes the Argonauts offense that much better. 

His accuracy throwing the football has also been solid, but that may mostly be due to the fact he has not thrown the football that much.

The next important piece of the puzzle is their kicker Grant Shaw.

Granted, he has only kicked five field goals in his season debut, but he has yet to miss, and his longest kick was a 52 yarder. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. We'll see if he can keep this up as the year progresses.

The third reason all hope is not lost is Jeremaine Copeland.

He used to be an outstanding receiver who made unbelievable catches, but as he got older the wear and tear on his body has caused him to deteriorate. I don't think he is a No. 1 receiver on a contender, but he is a solid No. 1 receiver on the Argonauts.

The main problem with the Argonauts is their defense.

Sure, there may be individuals on the defense who deserve accolades, but when your defense gives up 30 or more points in the first two games of the season, you better believe that I refuse to give anyone on the defense credit.

This is the main reason people worry about the Argonauts' compete level (which is ironic because their defense was the best part of the team just about two years ago). 

In conclusion, there's an old saying, offense may win games but defense wins championships. I'll take the wins for now, but once we start doing well we better get the defense together to win that mythical championship.