Rushing be damned.

Bart Andrus, a former U.S. college quarterback, likes to throw the football. So the Toronto Argonauts head coach isn’t too concerned his team is ranked seventh in rushing in the eight-team CFL and only picked up a combined 71 yards on the ground in the last two games.

“The key in this league is to move the chains and you’ve got to do that any way you can,” Andrus said yesterday after the Argos (2-5) began preparing to host the Calgary Stampeders (3-4) Friday night.

“Teams are telling us: ‘OK, beat us with the pass.’ So we have to prove we can do that.”

Opposing defences have keyed on running back Jamal Robertson in recent weeks. Little wonder, as he averaged 118 yards rushing in each of the Argos’ two wins this season, but had just 44 per game in the defeats, including eight yards on eight carries in a 36-28 loss to the B.C. Lions the last time out.

Still, as the Argos come out of their bye week, Andrus insists establishing the run isn’t a key to victory.

With Robertson leading the team in catches with 23 and second in receiving yards at 250, the coach believes it’s all about getting the ball into his hands, whether it’s specifically designed screens and other patterns or simple dump-offs if the quarterback is under pressure.

“He’s the guy right now that can extend the play for us,” Andrus said. “We hope we have some other guys step up and get yards after the catch. Right now, Jamal’s the one who’s doing that.”