Morris: Back to the Lions Den for Winter The fourth quarter performance that ended the B.C. Lions' playoff lives wrote the perfect epitaph for the team's 2013 season.A talented club was undone by its own inconsistency. A team with plenty of potential couldn't make the big play when it was needed most. A group of players that had trouble to find their identity walked off the frozen field at Mosaic Stadium still looking for the answers that had eluded them all year.Like Katy Perry with her makeup removed, the Lions showed their true face when they blew a nine-point lead and lost 29-25 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Sunday's CFL Western Semi-Final. A win was within their grasp, but the Lions let it slip through their cold fingers. Related Links Lions stunned after West Semi loss For the first three quarters of the Western Semi-Final, Travis Lulay appeared on the verge of leading the Lions to victory. However, Darian Durant had other plans. Durant leads Riders to Western Semi win Western Final Playoff Centre “We let the game get away from us,” said running back Andrew Harris on the day the Lions gathered at their Surrey, B.C.,Arizona Cardinals Jersey, practice facility to clean out their lockers. “It's kind of indicative of what the season was like.”The Lions' season was a roller-coaster that climbed to high expectations then plunged to the frustration of squandered chances. It was a stomach-churning ride that ended with B.C. finishing third in the West.“It's one thing to lose a football game when you play hard,” said quarterback Travis Lulay, who played one of his best games of the season in the loss to the Riders.“We played some football games where it wasn't an effort thing, but it was an execution thing or a focus thing. We were too inconsistent this year. That plagued us. We need to be a more consistent unit start to finish.”Bewilderment was a staple of the Lions' season. The running game came and went like the tides in English Bay. Injuries to centre Angus Reid and promising rookie right guard Kirby Fabien bruised the offensive line.Some nights Lulay showed the flashes that earned him the league's most valuable player award in 2011. Other games he was forced to run for his life and looked to have problems finding open receivers.A receiving group that promised to pick up the slack from the departure of veterans Geroy Simon and Arland Bruce never produced the one go-to guy. A defence that kept the Lions competitive in many games could still be burned for the big play. Combine the two and it might explain why this will be the first year since 1996 a Lion won't win one of the league's outstanding player awards.Twice this year the Lions lost games to quarterbacks making their first-ever CFL start. B.C. was 3-6 on the road and just 5-5 against teams with a winning record.“As an offence it took us a while to find out what we were good at, especially in the run game,” said offensive tackle Ben Archibald. “It just took us too long to find out what we were really good at and what we could be special doing.”The play calling of offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine has been under scrutiny for the last few years. The experiment of moving Keron Williams inside to defensive tackle from his end position never seemed to produce the desired results. Video WSF: Lions 'Fought Their Tails Off' Injuries also were a factor. Lulay missed six weeks with a partially separated shoulder. He still hasn't decided if he will undergo surgery.Bruising linebacker Solomon Elimimian missed the playoff game with a hamstring problem.Reid will undergo surgery next week to repair the two herniated discs that caused him to miss the entire season. He isn't sure of his future.“I really haven't gone there because I don't want to start chasing fictitious things right now,” said Reid, who will turn 38 next September. “I've really tried to focus on just getting this done and not thinking about beyond it.”As the Lions players signed jerseys and shook hands they realized some will be walking out of the locker room for the last time.Change occurs after every season, win or lose. Adding to the intrigue of this offseason is the CFL draft being held in December to help stock the new Ottawa franchise which begins play in 2014.“One man's trash is another man's treasure,” said veteran nickelback Korey Banks, one of several Lions who might not be back next year.B.C.'s list of wants and don't wants also might be influenced by next year's Grey Cup behind held at B.C. Place Stadium.“I think a lot of changes are coming with what is going on in the league,” said Williams. “A lot of guys are pretty much up on their contracts. We have a lot of veterans here.“The Grey Cup is here next year. In order to win it you don't want to be on a rebuilding phase.”When Mike Benevides took over as head coach the Lions were coming off a Grey Cup victory. In his first year they were upset in the Western Final. This year they finished third, then lost a playoff game they easily could have won.Benevides knows this is a slide that must stop soon.“It's definitely going to be an offseason of change, there's no doubt about that,Cheap NFL Jerseys,” he said. “I know we will be stronger and better off for what we've gone through.”
Nye: Chamblin hunkering down to get Riders back on track The Nation is restless.Four straight losses by the Saskatchewan Roughriders has every one across the CFL wondering, why?Call it an exercise in curiousity. After a handful of tweets requesting the media ask the 'tough questions', I asked on Twitter 'what is the one question you would ask Corey Chamblin after the team's fourth loss?'.The responses began pouring in. Some had a sense of humour, some were rude, some were fair and mirrored the questions asked to Chamblin as the teams tries to figure out what is ailing them and how to fix it.There was a common theme.Offence.Scoring 12 points wasn't good enough in the eyes of anybody, especially the head coach, who has done as much as possible in a short week to turn the tide of his team.Before facing those 'tough questions' by the media gathered at Mosaic Stadium, Chamblin joked he'd been in the bunker as he looks for answers to his own questions,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, which are definitely tougher than anything the media or the fans could likely ask.But Chamblin did touch on some of the fans burning questions like how to combat the negativity after four straight losses.“Well there's definitely going to be some frustration. But the one thing about frustration is you have to get to the point to where you get out of the frustration mode and look at yourself and see what can I do better and move from frustration to growth. That's what this team has to do right now.”A common theme was: What changes are going to be made.“You have to look at it from the top down. Of course on a daily basis I look at myself and look at the schemes that we're running. I have to look at the way we coach. I have to look at the players and the way we execute. We've done a good job over the last couple of days to look at the things we have to get better at. Going forward there will be things that will be changed in all those areas.” Related Links Pedersen: Riders missed Sheets Rod Pedersen has a simple explanation for the recent slide in Saskatchewan. And he only needs two words to describe it: Kory Sheets. Riders ink DB Rod Williams Buy: Riders vs. Lions tickets Chamblin also came to the defence of his quarterback, who is the first on any team, anywhere in the football, universe to draw the ire when a team scores 12 points.“Well he's definitely part of it because he's the quarterback. But (Offensive Coordinator) George Cortez, the whole crew. It's not just one guy. There's a lot of things we could be doing better. Offensively right now is in the spotlight because of the 12 points and I have enough offensive knowledge and I know we have enough offensive players to be able to get more than 12 points.”Again, Chamblin brought up the fact they'll make the changes necessary to fix what ails them.Oh, then came the blitz. Yes, the Riders quarterback would likely be playing much better if, as TSN's Glen Suitor pointed out this week on our daily radio show, that Durant was hit, hurried or sacked on 15 of the teams 18 plays in the first half against Montreal.And fans, like the media were curious how were they going to slow down the opposition.“You stop it in a number of different ways. One of course is we need to have more run game to stop the blitz. Other things are just making sure we're getting the ball out, catching the ball, and making those reads and doing things like that. When you get into a passing mode, then they tee off.”The common theme talking to the head coach was change. Changes need to be made and will be made. Already this week you will see a new lineup despite only one practice for the Riders on the short week.But we'll leave you with this thought on the theory of change for the sake of change, from the head coach.“You don't make changes to make change. You make the correct changes. We have to make sure we are making the right changes to get this team going in the right direction.”Friday night will be the first look at the changes and adjustments Chamblin and his assistants came up with in the bunker.Will they work is now the most important question to be answered.
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