The BC Lions know things have to be different in 2015 as they start week one of training camp in the ‘Loops.
It was truly a tale of two sides of the ball in the last campaign. The Leos offence led by QB Khari Jones was boring, predictable and pretty much unwatchable.
GM Wally Buono acknowledged last week, they were not exciting. In fact the whole league lacked zest and zing offensively.
Heck, the CFL’s most outstanding player came from the defensive side of the ball, Leo’s linebacker Solomon Elimimian. The Lions defence was a delight to watch, with Solly and Adam Bighill leading the way. The 100 club was a force.
Scoring points was not just an orange and black problem; the offence was so tepid in the league they had to change some of rules for this season.
Here are a couple of the new rules. Defensive backs and wide receivers will not be allowed to touch each other beyond five yards from the line of scrimmage. Also, at any time in the game the offence will now be allowed to signal to the referee that it doesn’t want to substitute any players into the game and they want to use a tempo offence.
The Lions could be ahead of the curve. New Head Coach Jeff Tedford is an offensive specialist, but more importantly the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach is George Cortez who has been coveted by Buono and has worked with Tedford at UCAL-Berkley. Maybe we’ll see the Lions run a two-minute offence at different times, and not just at the end of the first half or at the end of the game.
I would expect a whole lot of yellow hankie heaven on the field for the first few weeks as everyone gets adjusted to this offensive brave new world.
The CFL knows if it wants to be on point with the fans, there better be points on the scoreboard.