Crompton hired to oversee Argos' QBs, while Avery fired

The Argonauts added Jonathan Crompton as their quarterbacks coach on Montreal. Crompton played for the Montreal Alouettes until 2015. (Ian Kucerak/Postmedia Network)

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The Argonauts shook up their coaching ranks by adding Jonathan Crompton as quarterbacks coach and deleting receivers coach Wendell Avery.

What all this means with the Argos about to play three straight divisional opponents is hard to say.

On the surface, the presence of Crompton, who played the position right up until he was injured in 2015 when he suited up for the Montreal Alouettes, allows Jacques Chapdelaine to concentrate more on his co-ordinator role.

Friday night at BMO Field when Edmonton came to town, the Argos were able to move the football, but they had to settle for field goals.

The Eskimos countered by scoring touchdowns.

At least Toronto’s offence did not turn the ball over, a first this season for the one-win squad.

The Argos need to get more from the quarterback position and perhaps Crompton can help.

As soon as he left the CFL following his release from the Als, Crompton returned to his native North Carolina where he helped train players and became involved in the real estate business.

“My biggest thing is this (football) is what I’ve always done,’’ said Crompton, who was Montreal’s starter when it played the host Tiger-Cats in the 2014 East final. “I wasn’t going to just jump into a situation.”

There’s clearly an opportunity for Crompton to make a difference.

His ties with GM Jim Popp, who brought Crompton to Montreal from Edmonton when Popp ran the Als, helped in Crompton’s decision to join the Argos.

“When this opportunity presented itself it was a no-brainer,” said Crompton.

Avery, meanwhile, was entering his third season in Toronto.

The former quarterback always had a smile on his face and brought a positive attitude every day.

“There’s a voice of experience guys can understand,’’ said Chamblin of Crompton and what he’ll bring to the Argos. “They can understand how he’s been there. When they hear the information he’s giving them, they know: ‘Hey, I really understand he knows where I’ve been.’ When they look in his eyes they understand he’s been in their shoes.”

Chamblin believes having Crompton work with the quarterbacks will free up Chapdelaine to look at the overall offence.

With Avery gone, Chapdelaine will work with the team’s receivers.

“It’s about us progressing and moving forward and growing,’’ added Chamblin. “It wasn’t what the last person wasn’t doing. It was what we needed to get better as a team.”

FOGG TO RETURN, COLEMAN TO MAKE DEBUT

Kevin Fogg practised, Davon Coleman was a go, while Zach Collaros did some light tossing.

The Argos held a brief session at Lamport Stadium on Monday with players getting Tuesday off before they head back to the practice field Wednesday.

Collaros is nowhere close to being able to play, but Fogg, who missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury, should be back in Toronto’s defensive secondary.

Coleman, who practised once following his trade from the B.C. Lions, is likely to make his Argos debut this Sunday against Montreal.

Interestingly, the Argos had Linden Gaydosh on the offensive line of scrimmage Monday.

Gaydosh normally lines up on defence.

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