B.C. Lions and their same old story

Story Remains the Same

Four games into the season and familiar patterns are starting to emerge.

As Andrew Harris goes, so goes the BC Lions offense. With three touchdowns on the day and a spectacular leaping attempt over a defender, landing him just short of paydirt, Harris is vaulting the rest of his team up the standings to a 3-1 record trailing only the upstart Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL West Division.

For the third straight week Harris has powered his Lions offense to victory.

The one loss, against Calgary in the opening week, Harris and the rest of the team failed to garner any traction moving the ball. While QB Travis Lulay is the focal point and WR Emmanuel Arceneaux is the sparkplug, the Canadian tailback appears to be the central cog in this year’s scoring machine.

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton once described his electric running back Reggie Bush as the “spaghetti sauce” of his Offense. “He just gets everywhere”. 

And Harris, like Bush, and the sauce, is featured in every bite of this team’s recent success.

But as dominant as he has been, Harris is still quick to point out that his success comes from the culmination of efforts from those around him, especially his Offensive line including young standouts Kirby Fabien and Matt Norman, both 2012 draft picks.

Andrew Harris

As Harris goes, so do the B.C. Lions

But the entire game wasn’t all rosy for the Leo’s. In all honesty they only beat a lousy Eskimos team by 10 points. Their return game and inability to tackle in the defensive secondary are some serious areas of concern.

And so much like last season, these two areas were major causes of concern for Coach Mike Benevides, yet he has done very little to address the issue.

Korey Williams was supposed to push Tim Brown for the main role as a returner but against Edmonton he was never given the opportunity. Brown was efficient enough handling the kickoff duties but the punt return game was simply dreadful.

But don’t hang this all on either Brown or Williams, there are eleven other guys out there that need to start working on the same schedule.

Defensively, BC was up to the task of limiting Edmonton’s rushing attack although the Eskimos had some success through the air. And to help out Edmonton success, Lions DB’s, with the exception of Dante Marsh, just couldn’t seem to make a solid tackle after the catch was made.

The safety position has been in a state of flux going back to last season too.  JR LaRose lost his starting spot to Cauchy Muamba last year only to regain it this season when Muamba decided to sign with Winnipeg in the off season. But after the disaster against Calgary, and some lacklustre performances by the group as a whole, changes will certainly be made in the secondary.

I’ll wager that it’s only a matter of time before we see 2013 draft pick Matt McGarva patrolling the deep middle.

So while the Lions have started strong, I have not yet been sold on their dominance, although facets of their game have the team pointed in the right direction, the Lions, as a whole, appear to be as wobbly as Guard Patrick Kabongo in the back of a canoe.

Cheers, The Bartender

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