Are Leo’s making the grade on D?
Unlike the stagnant and sometimes dull offense, the BC Lions defense has actually been pretty solid this year.
They’ve allowed the fewest yards per game in the CFL and are a respectable fourth in total points allowed.
However, there are a few holes in the defense and those holes need to be patched up if the Lions think they can walk into Calgary and/or Saskatchewan and win a playoff game.
Only Hamilton has fewer sacks as a team than the Lions and the pass rush is a major concern as we pass the midway point of the season.
Here are my mid-season grades to a few of the defensive guys on the Lions.
Cord Parks – A
A nice find by Wally Buono, Parks has looked stellar so far in his debut CFL season. He’s tied for the league lead in interceptions and has really fit in nicely in the backfield.
He’s a little undersized for the NFL, but I think he’s loving all the space on the Canadian field and is using his speed effectively. Would be nice for the staff to give this guy a chance as a kick-off or punt returner – he can go.
Solomon Elimimian – B+
Another strong season from Elimimian. He’s all over the field as he’s second on the team in tackles, grabbed two interceptions and recovered two fumbles.
I’d just like to see him get to the quarterback more often. He’s only recorded one sack this year and the pass rush just hasn’t been what it should be.
Adam Bighill – A
He’s doing everything that’s asked of him and leads the team in tackles and is tied for second in sacks.
I’d like to see him drop back a little more on occasion and try to pick off some short passes headed his way.
He snagged four interceptions last year and he can be a sneak threat to create turnovers when he wants to be.
Dante Marsh – B
It’s probably that teams just aren’t throwing to his side as much anymore, but it’s a little disappointing to see Marsh with only one interception 10 games into the season.
That being said, he’s been solid and is on pace for a record year for tackles. His one interception was returned for 31 yards, so no complaints here, he’s also recovered two fumbles.
Korey Banks – B
Like Marsh, teams try to move the ball around Banks but he’s been solid this year. He’s got two interceptions and is helping out his teammates a lot when they get beat.
Khreem Smith – B+
Smith leads the team in sacks and has been a nice presence on the line. To lead the team with five sacks shows just how poorly the Lions have been able to pressure the passer this year.
Jabar Westerman/Keron Williams – C+
I’m lumping these two together because they occupy the same side of the field for the Lions on most games and have combined for a total of three sacks.
The Lions need more out of these guys and Westerman especially has been a disappointment for me in 2013.
Overall Grade – B+
The D has kept the Lions alive in most games and the secondary especially has had a great half-year.
The Lions have the most interceptions, the least amount of yardage and have been decent at stopping both the run and the pass.
Getting to the quarterback is the team’s biggest issue and if they can start scaring some of the pivot’s in the CFL, this could be a very frightening defense.