KAMLOOPS — The BC Lions announced on Thursday that National offensive lineman Noah Zerr has signed with the team. Zerr was selected by the Lions in round two (12th overall) of the 2022 CFL Draft earlier this month.
I'm glad they DID sign Zerr. But "why wouldn't they" you ask? Why indeed would the Lions not at least TRY to field the best possible offensive line every year? Poor old Michael Reilly must've wondered the same thing.
Usually Lions' management had plenty of really good excuses in previous seasons to focus their interest elsewhere such as 'meh' or 'no coupons for 20% off linemen', or 'it's Thursday'. But this year things seem to be a wee bit different. Zerr's not going to start right away but he does give the Lions some credible depth down the road once he gets settled in.
I'm just not used to seeing BC go into the season with an offensive line that's not the worst for a change. Things are looking up.
Prior to Genius GM Kyle Walters arrival here we had a management philosophy that bordered on reckless when it came to quarterback protection. Every season we'd raid other team's practice rosters and patch our gawd awful offensive line together using guys who couldn't start in ANY league. Buck Pierce and Drew Willy got their heads handed to them way too often since our priorities were so out of whack.
There's nothing for you to dig yourself out of. When things go well and the team wins there are heroes abound. When things start going wrong those heroes lose the love. Time immemorial. Enjoy it while it lasts I say.
Having said that I have to admit, there was a time when I thought that good running backs were a dime a dozen. To not find a good running back One had to be blind-folded with his/hers ears plugged, is what I used to think. Those times don't seem to exist any longer.
There isn't an American running back - not currently under an NFL contract - that can turn the Lions ground game around? Apparently not. But it's a new season, so I guess we'll see.
That's where my (main) team concerns lie at the moment.
Oh yeah. And sometimes you luck out big time when an NFL starter like Big Mike Sellers drops into your lap due to a minor drug infraction. Remember that 'Thunder and Lightning' combo we had when he and Roberts shared the same backfield? It was temporary but terrifying for other teams. A couple years later Sellers was back in the NFL wreaking havoc with the Washington Unmentionables.
It happens. Those are cringe worthy boo boos. Leon Mcquay had an 'it happens' moment too with the Argos. I think every great back if they play long enough has at least one bad play they'd like to have over.