Just Play Pierce
After a great start, it’s safe to say that B.C. Lions quarterback Thomas DeMarco has been quickly sent back to Earth.
He hasn’t won yet this month and had probably his worst showing of the year against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Oct. 19. DeMarco threw four interceptions and only completed 13 of 31 passes in a game that cost the Lions a home playoff game.
What the last three weeks have proven is that DeMarco is talented but he’s not yet ready to be a starter in the CFL.
The Lions rode him as long as they could and it’s now time to get off the DeMarco train. But it also looks like regular starter Travis Lulay won’t be coming back anytime soon.
Enter Buck Pierce.
It boggles the mind why they haven’t given this guy a start yet. Did the Lions really move Akeem Foster so Pierce could look pretty while holding a clipboard?
DeMarco has had plenty of opportunities this season and the Lions now know what they have in him – why not give Pierce a chance?
Surely, he knows the offense by now and it’s worth it to see what he has left in the tank. Plus, it’s the Eskimos on Friday in a pretty meaningless game – why not?
Playing Pierce could give DeMarco a breather and get to experience the game from a different vantage point. The CFL is a small league and DeMarco has already run through a bunch of the Western teams, he needs a break and needs to make some adjustments to his game. Young quarterbacks can tend to be a little predictable and this gives him some time to reflect.
I realize Pierce is one of the most fragile players in CFL history but he’s a warrior and I think he would cherish the opportunity to lead the Lions once more. BC should see what, if anything, they have in Pierce.
But most importantly, it gives Travis Lulay a little more time to recover. If this was the playoffs, I have no doubt Lulay would be at the pivot but these two meaningless games can be used to ensure he’s 100 per cent healthy heading into the postseason. There’s no reason to rush Lulay at all in this situation.
Keep in mind that Pierce is less than two years removed from a solid season in which he helped the Winnipeg Blue Bombers win games playing pretty ugly football. The Bombers made it to the Grey Cup in 2011 and a lot of that was due to the impact Pierce had on that team.
Just Do It
If the Lions can awaken that Pierce, it could be a nice end to the season. Pierce is only 31 (although his body is closer to 78) but has a wealth of CFL experience.
The Lions need to shake things up to close the season – not only for themselves but also for the fans. You never know what can create a spark and it just might be the veteran Pierce.
Add in the fact that it gives DeMarco some time to reflect and Lulay some time to heal and it’s a no brainer to start Pierce.
It all gets underway on Friday Night football when the Lions host the Eskimos at BC Place on TSN with a kick off of 7 p.m.