THE CANADIAN PRESS
MISSISSAUGA -- It's only the second game of the season, but for Ricky Ray and the Toronto Argonauts it's an opportunity to establish an identity at home.
Ray and the Argos will play their first contest of 2012 at Rogers Centre on Saturday, hosting the Calgary Stampeders. The good news for Toronto is it has won its last three against the Stampeders, including both contests last year.
Calgary opened the year with an impressive 38-10 home victory over the Montreal Alouettes last weekend but is just 2-3 in its last five games at Rogers Centre. Ray and the Argos are coming off a disappointing 19-15 road loss to Edmonton, which spoiled Ray's return to Alberta seven months after the Eskimos dealt him to Toronto after nine seasons.
Ray was 29-of-39 passing for 298 yards and a touchdown in his Toronto debut, but has yet to look totally in sync with new head coach Scott Milanovich's offence. But Ray said it's important the Argos find their offensive mojo at home.
"That's kind of what we haven't been able to establish is that rhythm and consistency we wanted so far,'' he said. "We've done a lot of good things but we've also done a lot of bad things.
"We really haven't gone out there and just played a really good, solid game to where we can go out there and be aggressive and do the things we want to do on a consistent basis. For us, it's trying to find that consistency.''
And for Milanovich, that means getting off to a good start offensively.
"We certainly would like to start faster, that's something we work on every single week,'' he said. "We have the first 15 plays that we do as a staff and Ricky is included in that, just to try and get him comfortable.
"It didn't happen last week even though he had a first down on his first play but obviously we'd like to start faster and I think it's just a process we're going to have to work through right now.''
Toronto certainly didn't help itself against Edmonton with 18 penalties for 118 yards. Those mistakes, Milanovich said, overshadowed many of the good things the Argos did against the Eskimos.
"Despite the penalties, the were so many things that were good,'' he said. "There are flashes of them being aggressive yet still playing smart.
"We just need a more consistent effort throughout a game that way. The teams that are good find a way to be able to be aggressive, to go after people and still be disciplined in what they're doing schematically. Absolutely I think it's an attainable goal.''
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