Well I think it's fair to say none of us really saw that coming. But truth be told the Lions haven't really played their best for four or five weeks. You got the sense early that this might not be our day. The keys to BC winning were getting off to a good start and owning the time of possession, neither of which the Lions were able to accomplish. Getting shredded on the second play from scrimmage was inexcusable. Suddenly defensive guru Rich Stubler's schemes seemed relatively easy to defeat by a hot team.
Kudos to the Stamps, who've had at least two QBs toss TD passes two weeks in a row. They seem supremely confident right now and managed to prevent Glenn from getting sacked all day. A bad read by Muamba, a poor decision by Marsh and Parker getting lit up gave the Stamps a lead we couldn't recover from, although the home team had a stronger fourth quarter and got it within a touchdown with a chance to get the ball back in the last minute. I was surprised how poorly we matched up against Cornish, and how efficiently Kevin Glenn played, with over 300 yards passing and about 75%.
When BC's offence got into scoring position they didn't execute and had to settle for field goals for three quarters. The D line couldn't get sustained pressure and the BC secondary couldn't stop the big play. We were too predictable on defence, blitzing on nearly every play, after watching Montreal lose trying to do the same thing. I prefer changing it up all the time, 3 man front on one second down play, bring the house the next time, 4-3 up front on first down, lots of different looks, so the offensive line has a more difficult time getting into a rhythm. Maybe this experience will convince Benevides to be less attacking up front with his defence and just send one or two guys off the edge on second down.
So all we have left is to get em next year. But it was a hell of a year, 13 wins, and there's a lot of reason to be optimistic for the 2013 season. There will be a few Lions not on next year's roster, and the speculating will begin pretty soon. Is Muamba good enough to keep his job? Will Angus Reed call it a career, or try to get another campaign out of that thirty-something body. Will the Lions trade Hameister Reis and/or Valli,who struggled to remaining healthy and were the weakest links on this year's offensive line? What will Matt Norman's future be? Will BC start the process of getting younger personnel in the secondary, to replace Banks, Phillips, Marsh or Parker, who are all on the wrong side of thirty? Will Jovan Olafioye jump to the NFL? Same question for Ben Archibald?
And will Jacques Chapedelaine finally be jettisoned in favor of a less conservative offensive coordinator/play caller, who can get the rock to his best back often enough to dominate the line of scrimmage? :thdn:
Best wishes to all the other regular contributors to this forum, and everybody have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Dooger in Surrey :cowboy: