I would like to see a COACH or the Lions stop feeling sorry for themselves and start Winning 1 on 1 battles.
Football is the ultimate team game my friends but it is also a lot of individual battles on the football field that the results usually dictate the winner of the game.
Why is BC always on the Resistant Side on the Field? Why are we missing tackles, how come we are not breaking other teams tackles? Why is our O line being smashed into out QB and being beaten countless times in the past 4 years? Why are we always running after other teams players? Why are we always running around on defense?
There is absolutely NO COMMITTMENT to WINNING 1 on 1 BATTLES on the football field–
CAMERON WAKE- This was the last man on this BC team that basically said okay I’m going to work and I’m going to DOMINATE my man and beat him all game long. I will win the majority of the 1 on 1 battles.
I have not seen one of our players COMPLETELY DOMINATE his OPPONENT this season- opposing teams don’t even mention any of our players because not one of our players is giving them any real trouble.
The closest form of consistent domination we have is our kicker PAUL MACALUM- This man’s leg should be Bronzed and place in a museum somewhere? This man has the smoothest and accurate leg around. He is pretty much automatic 3 points from 40 yards in_ That is a huge weapon if we had an offense that didn’t go 2 and out and could provide some consistent drives going we could get probably 6 to 9 extra points a game if we had a ball moving offense in which we ran high percentage plays -we would get into field goal range 2 to 3 more times and score 6 to 9 more points a game–
This is a huge weapon we have–
The BC LOCKER ROOM should have a SIGN- Winning 1 on 1 Battles is required in this LOCKER ROOM-
We need players to take their jobs seriously. I can honestly say that NOT 1 BC player is Winning his battle consistently every single week long except Macalum. This is not going to get us wins my friends, and this is the MAJOR REASON we are 0-5
Ruffin lost a 1 on 1 battle to Denmark- 70 yard Td- Winnipeg
Sanchez lost a 1 on 1 battle to Edwards - 30 yard Td- Winnipeg
14 of Winnipegs 25 points came on 2 plays, 2 Winnipeg players WINNING their 1 on 1 battles. It was nothing special, nothing amazing, just a PRO player being paid a PRO SALARY goes out and executes like they are being paid to do.
How many 1 on 1 battles did BC WIN today?
They won a lot of battles in the TRENCHES which resulted in them basically leading in the 4th qtr due to those WON battles.
BC did not win any 1 play game changing battles.
We need players to start looking at themselves as proffessionals with the RIGHT MINDSET and attitude–
I dont know what the hell Wally is telling or feeding them, but I can assure that it is TOXIC and NEGATIVE–
Players as individuals have to start WINNING their battles against their MAN in their next home game vs SASKATCHEEWAN.
There has to be that MENTAL Intense Attitude that will put our Player into the right Frame of mind where he is ULTRA COMPETITIVE along with exhibiting effective physical control.
Our defensive players should be ready to EAT SASK O line up, they should be VISUALIZING how they are going to DOMINATE your man. You dominate your man. One you keep beating your man, he WILL QUIT-- Cam Wake used to essentially make O lineman quit in which they were completely physchologically beaten before they even faced him a friend who played in the CFL told me.
If we start winning these 1 on 1 battles as individuals on offense, special teams, and defense we will be a completely different team. We need ACCOUNTABILITY in the worst way- It appears acceptable to LOSE your one on one battle on the BC Lions. We are routinely losing those 1 on 1 battles. What even makes it worse is that our head coach will CALL you out if you are getting burned and Humiliate you and stab you in the back on TSN—
Because Wally is basically CALLING out players which is a NO NO, he has injected a TOXIC culture in the football team aspect of the Lions. The players are DEFEATED before they come on the field. Look at the LIONS sidelines before the game vs Hamilton? Complete silence and not 1 player going Hyper or doing anything? A 80 year old bridge convention has more action than the LIons sidelines-
Hamiltons sidelines Steve Baggs was running during the NATIONAL ANTHEM like sprinting down his bench firing everyone up-
Bc was defeated before that game started- 5 missed tackles on a 5 yard pass, 7-0 right away from Hamilton- 14-0 hamilton 6 minutes later-- Hamilton was fired up before the game and played that way to start the game–
We lost all kinds of 1 on 1 battles vs hamilton also- We lost them on both sides of the ball–
Our entire organization is NEGATIVE and TOXIC- I have already explained how BC is already Starting the games LOSING due to the LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY–
We need to bring Players who understand that it’s not OK TO LOSE your 1 on 1 battles. You have to Win that battle at all cost and your performance is going to be judged on how you are doing with your 1 on 1 battles.
If I know Trestman like I think I do, I strongly think he is employing such a system in his locker room, which is why Montreal consistently is winning 1 on 1 battles- Huffnagel is a big fan of Execution and winning 1 on 1 battles also–
We need men that can lead other men, we dont need people who are negative in their coaching style. We need some positivity and a complete new direction—
I believe our NEW HEAD COACH should be a Serious-Meticulous-Hard Working-polite- Positive-Encouraging-Accountable- Type of COACH–
These are the Traits of a WInning Coach-- you need to be SMART, you need to be POLITE, You need to Encourage, You need to Yell , but more than anything YOU NEED TO HOLD EVERY SINGLE PLAYER ACCOUNTABLE.
Until the LIons do this NOTHING will change and we will continue to Lose games and Fans and in the process all the hard work BOB ACKLES did to restore the Lions. Once you lose a FAN BASE once and you regain it if YOU LOSE the fan BASE a SECOND TIME I think it would be hard to imagine the team ever coming back for a long period of time.