Thanks Beag, for those kind remarks. I just try to put my take on information that is already out there, from places like the 2015 free agent tracker website, the CFL college draft site or the local newspapers' sites. Totally unoriginal; I just put my spin on the CFL news of the day. Sometimes I have an have an opinion on stuff our local CFL writers churn out, guys like Cam Cole, Mike Beamish and Lowell Ullrich. I do my research, read as much as I can and then write an outline of my ideas. Hopefully I produce something that is accurate, informative and entertaining to read.
But back to the BC LIons for 2015. (Nice blend, huh?)
Clearly what we thought would be a significant offensive overhaul with a bit of tweaking for the defence and special teams has become a significant overhaul of what was the league's leading defense. While out defenders looked solid for 15 games they completely unraveled in the last three, then were eviscerated in that beat-down in Montreal in the post season.
To get better at stopping the inside run (a big problem for a couple seasons) they felt they needed to jettison aging veteran Eric Taylor after similarly gassing former Lions standout Khalif Mitchell. I thought Taylor was the least of our problems; that shows you how little I really know. They must feel the tackles they have right now (Westerman and three others with little game time) plus whoever they can find at their five free agent camps. Other defensive question marks: Can Solly and Biggy dominate like they did in 2014 and stay healthy in 2015?
To get more snaps for up-and-comers in the secondary like TJ Lee and Torri Williams, and to lower the overall age of their defence, Buono and Tedford let go former shutdown corner and recent discipline problem Dante Marsh. Somehow the ageless Khreem Smith avoided the over thirty chopping block that cost Marsh and Taylor their jobs. If his play diminishes this year Smith may be similarly shown the door after the 2015 season. Hey, its a young man's game.
After a sub-par year the BC offense has plenty question marks, starting with the quarterbacks. Will Lulay be able to take a hit on hi shoulder? Will he even be healthy in early July? Can young prospects Jordan Rogers and/or Greg McGhee fill the void if Lulay can't do it anymore? Will receiver Austin Collie give the team the offensive upgrade at receiver they're hoping for with the departure of Ernest Jackson? Where does Shawn Gore fit in with the signing of Collie? Will there be a larger role in the BC offense for big play threat Lavasier Tuinei? What about their offensive line, who due to injuries and the absence of a consistent lineup couldn't sop a beach ball on the left side for the first ten games of 2014? And why can't our offensive linemen get out of training camp without half their guys injured? Either they aren't coming to camp in good enough shape, or the coaches' two-a-day practices are just to much for the hoggies.
Clearly Wally and Tedford are building the foundation for future successes in 2016 and beyond. The new head coach would love to win the Grey Cup in 2016 and then parlay that into a big $$$ head coach job in the no fun league in 2017. I don't see him earning a third or less of what he normally makes down south for more than two seasons. Hey, a guy's gotta eat filet mignon, right?
As usual in the CFL there has been plenty of player and coaching movement. Lets hope the Lions' brain trust makes the right decisions, or 2015 will be another long year for BC fans.
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