TORONTO – The lead up to the 2015 CFL regular season has consisted of many changes for the Toronto Argonauts. With new ownership and an upcoming move to BMO Field, the Argos have seldom been able to escape the sports headlines. Tack on a lengthy loss of the league’s best quarterback, and it is clear that the team could use some stability.
This came in the form of two contract extensions announced this past Monday – to general manager Jim Barker and head coach Scott Milanovich. Both deals extend the team’s leadership 3 additional years.
Milanovich has proven to be a valuable piece of the Argos’ success over his three-year tenure with the team. With a record over .500 and a Grey Cup in his first year as head coach, his tough, offensive-minded coaching style has proven to be beneficial. Even in the 2013 and 2014 seasons in which the team was plagued with injuries, Milanovich continued to show resiliency and determination.
Barker has been a head coach and GM for the Argos and the Stampeders. He also served as GM during the Argos dominant season in 2012. He played a key role in the deal that sent Ricky Ray to the Argonauts – a move that has changed the team dramatically for the better. This pivotal deal resulted in Ray leading the team to the Grey Cup with 4,059 passing yards and a remarkable pass completion rate of 68.6.
Milanovich and Barker complement each others’ strategies, with acquisitions of offensive powers allowing Milanovich to coach to his strengths. Recent signings of RB Chad Kackert, RB Brandon Whitaker, and WR Dave Stala to the Argos’ practice roster highlight both the team’s emphasis on offense, as well as on the importance of veteran leadership.
The Argos can continue to look toward the future backed by strong management, espeially after the season-opening win over Edmonton this past Saturday in Ft. McMurray.
Argos fans, what do you think about the decision to sign Barker and Milanovich for 3 additional years? Tweet us @ArgosAdmirals to share your thoughts on the deals.