The Toronto Argonauts are a lot younger now following Monday’s stunning release of four import receivers, but head coach Scott Milanovich still has his eyes on a CFL playoff spot.
Toronto (5-9) cut American receivers Vidal Hazelton, Kevin Elliott, Tori Gurley and Phil Bates a day after dropping a 38-11 road decision in Montreal.
Following the loss, Toronto’s seventh in eight games, Milanovich questioned the commitment of his players and promised changes.
The move was indeed a bold one, as Toronto remains very much in the East Division playoff race despite its struggles.
The Argos are third in the East Division, just two points behind Hamilton (6-8) and three in back of front-running Ottawa (6-6-1) but just two points ahead of Montreal (4-9).
While Toronto remains in playoff contention, it has very little margin for error as Edmonton (7-7) stands fourth in the West Division.
In the CFL, if the fourth-place team in one division has more points than the third-place finisher in the other, the fourth-place squad crosses over into the other conference and assumes the final playoff seed.
Toronto faces the uneviable task of having to win its four remaining regular-season games to garner a playoff berth. Two of those contests are against the league-leading Calgary Stampeders (12-1-1), who visit BMO Field on Monday.
Elliott and Gurley started at wide receiver and slotback versus Montreal and now will be replaced by Canadians Llevi Noel and Brian Jones, respectively.Report Typo/Error