2006 Toronto Argonauts season

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2006 Toronto Argonauts season
Head coach Michael Clemons[1]
Home field Rogers Centre[2]
Results
Record 10–8
Division place 2nd, East
Playoff finish Lost Division Final
Uniform
CFL TOR Jersey 2006.png
Timeline
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The 2006 Toronto Argonauts season was the 49th season for the team in the Canadian Football League and 134th season overall. The Argonauts finished the regular season 10–8 and finished in second place in the CFL's Eastern Division.

Offseason[edit]

The Argos made a splash just before training camp when they lured high-profile RB Ricky Williams to Canada.[3] The team also picked up QB and 2001 Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch.[4]

CFL Draft[edit]

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
5 Toronto Argonauts Daniel Federkeil DL Calgary
10 Toronto Argonauts Leron Mitchell DB Western Ontario
14 Toronto Argonauts Aaron Wagner LB Brigham Young
31 Toronto Argonauts Obed Cetoute WR Central Florida
39 Toronto Argonauts Brian Ramsay OL New Mexico
47 Toronto Argonauts Clifton Dawson RB Harvard

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Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Location Final Score Attendance Record
A June 2 Tiger-Cats Rogers Centre L 31 – 3 21,469 0–1
B June 9 @ Tiger-Cats Ivor Wynne Stadium L 21 – 11 25,398 0–2

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Regular season[edit]

Quarterback Damon Allen became professional football's all-time leading passer, moving ahead of Warren Moon on Labour Day in Hamilton. The team, however, was decimated by injuries at almost every position and the Argonauts stumbled out of the gate to a 2–5 record. Mid-season health bred new promise as the team gained the majority of its starters back including Allen and Williams, who both fell to injury early in the year. Upon his return, Williams joined forces with fellow RB John Avery to deliver a late-season one-two punch out of the backfield. Combined with the stellar play of their dominant defence, the Double Blue was able to turn the season around and win 8 of their remaining 11 regular season games to finish in a first-place tie with the Montreal Alouettes. The CFL tie-break rule landed the Argos in second place.

Season Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Location Final Score Attendance Record
1 June 17 Tiger-Cats Rogers Centre W 27 – 17 27,689 1–0
2 June 23 @ Blue Bombers Canad Inns Stadium L 16 – 9 26,524 1–1
3 June 30 @ Lions BC Place Stadium L 26 – 19 30,514 1–2
4 July 8 Blue Bombers Rogers Centre L 24 – 17 26,304 1–3
5 Bye
6 July 22 @ Roughriders Mosaic Stadium W 26 – 23 24,967 2–3
7 July 29 Lions Rogers Centre L 28 – 8 28,356 2–4
8 August 3 @ Alouettes Molson Stadium L 31 – 7 20,202 2–5
9 August 12 @ Tiger-Cats Ivor Wynne Stadium W 20 – 2 29,010 3–5
10 August 19 Alouettes Rogers Centre W 31 – 6 30,786 4–5
11 August 25 @ Blue Bombers Canad Inns Stadium W 18 – 15 25,014 5–5
12 September 4 @ Tiger-Cats Ivor Wynne Stadium W 40 – 6 28,891 6–5
13 September 9 Tiger-Cats Rogers Centre W 11 – 9 26,212 7–5
14 Bye
15 September 23 @ Stampeders McMahon Stadium L 39 – 18 31,539 7–6
16 September 30 Stampeders Rogers Centre W 23 – 16 32,410 8–6
17 October 9 Eskimos Rogers Centre W 28 – 23 26,891 9–6
18 October 14 @ Eskimos Commonwealth Stadium W 28 – 25 39,533 10–6
19 October 20 Roughriders Rogers Centre L 13 – 9 30,323 10–7
20 October 28 Alouettes Rogers Centre L 24 – 20 38,123 10–8

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Season standings[edit]

East Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Y-Montreal Alouettes 18 10 8 0 451 431 20 Details
X-Toronto Argonauts 18 10 8 0 359 343 20 Details
X-Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 9 9 0 362 408 18 Details
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 4 14 0 292 495 8 Details

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Postseason[edit]

The Argos hosted the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a thrilling East Semi-Final at Rogers Centre. With the season on the line, QB Michael Bishop and LB Chuck Winters teamed up to lead the Boatmen to one of the greatest come-from-behind victories in recent Argo memory. The Argos fell to Montreal in the East Championship.

Round Date Opponent Location Final Score Attendance
East Semi-Final November 5 Blue Bombers Rogers Centre W 31–27 26,214
East Final November 12 @ Alouettes Olympic Stadium L 33–24 35,607

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Awards and records[edit]

Despite their early exit from the playoffs, the Boatmen finished the season with 11 East Division All-Stars and three CFL All-Stars. Kicker/Punter Noel Prefontaine was once again named the East's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player and elusive receiver Arland Bruce III finished with a division leading 1,370 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. A bright star on defence came in the form of CB Byron Parker. The speedy defender re-joined the Boatmen mid-season and made his mark in both the Argos and the CFL record books in only nine regular season contests. By season's end, the Tulane product had accumulated 8 interceptions for a CFL record 348 return yards and 4 touchdowns. Linebacker Mike O'Shea became just the third player, and first Canadian, in CFL history to record 1,000 or more defensive tackles in a career.

CFL All-Stars: OFFENCE[edit]

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CFL All-Stars: DEFENCE[edit]

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CFL All-Stars: SPECIAL TEAMS[edit]

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CFL Eastern All-Stars: OFFENCE[edit]

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CFL Eastern All-Stars: DEFENCE[edit]

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CFL Eastern All-Stars: SPECIAL TEAMS[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-Time Coaching". Toronto Argonauts. Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Toronto Argonauts Stadium History". Toronto Argonauts. Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Argos officially unveil Ricky Williams". CanWest News Service. 2006-05-29. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  4. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (2006-02-15). "Crouch signs with Toronto Argonauts of CFL". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  5. ^ "All-Time Draft List". Toronto Argonauts. Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  6. ^ a b c "2006 Toronto Argonauts". Pro Football Archives. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  7. ^ "2006 Regular Season Standings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f 2010 Toronto Argonauts Media Guide. Toronto Argonauts. 2010. p. 168. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-07.