Hmmm...Let's see, Head Coach Mike Benevides was let go to become another TSN Colour Analyst, Jacques Chapdelaine took his travelling, stagnated-offensive scheme road show to Saskatchewan, Stefan Logan goes east, Tim Brown ends up in Calgary, Ernest Jackson is looking great in Ottawa...etc., etc., The basic idea being that there was the push to create change around here. And, the biggest change of all was the insertion of a new, "uptempo-minded", somewhat decorated college coach who had one mantra in mind...AN ATTENTION TO DETAIL. I know it's only one game and a season is does not, but there was numerous glaring brain-cramp, lack of focus, ladee-dah type moments in the loss to Ottawa. In particular...
With 0.5 seconds in the first half of the contest and the receiver just lying on the ground, why didn't anyone on the coaching staff or secondary (Ryan Phillips are you listening?) tell everyone on the defense before the play to simply let the play run around, fall down or whatever and, absolutely, DON'T TOUCH THE OTTAWA PLAYER until time runs out. Simply, a LACK of attention to detail that cost the Lions 3 points.
Supposed veteran QB Travis Lulay, with 8 Ottawa players dropping in to coverage decides that he too will also just drop back and try to throw a pass where the Ottawa players are standing. Why not run a drag pattern, in route, run a rub, etc., etc. Why not call an audible? Travis, sorry, but a LACK of attention to detail.
Illegal procedure penalties, substitution, time count violations that, are part of a new group of guys, but again seem to sometimes happen at key times. Does this remind anyone of last season. Shouldn't happen, but, alas, it is only one game. Is this a trend? If so...chalk it up to a LACK of attention to detail...especially by the coaching staff for not "nipping it in the bud" and consequencing players who do it to often (Say like...Mr. Valli who became Mr. Illegal Procedure for awhile).
I'll stop here or it will just too long. But, I honestly am hoping things WILL be different under Jeff Tedford. I know it takes time, but after 2 pre-season games and a lacklustre effort in Ottawa, there was a single "ding" on the Alarm Bell. Brain farts and brain cramps that players better get a good night's sleep on or...
It WON'T be different and it'll be a longggggggg season. In the words of a certain 80's Arena Rock group called Asia..."...Only time will tell."