We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

Morris: Lions paying attention to detail to improve O-line

1 5 0

The BC Lions practice was about two-thirds through when Kelly Bates called the offensive linemen together for a drill. The idea was to prevent a defender from penetrating into the Lions backfield.

For the next several minutes Bates, who took over as BC’s offensive line coach after Bryan Chiu was fired Aug. 31, closely watched the players in action. Speaking in a calm voice he gave praise, pointed out mistakes and offered advice.

“He’s very detailed,” left tackle Joel Figueroa said later, sweat running down his face. “His vision is a little bit different than what we’ve been doing.”

With the Lions burdened by a 1-10 record the offensive line been singled out by many as the most fragile link in BC’s brittle offensive chain.

Last winter the Lions dipped into the free agent market to sign highly regarded Canadian offensive lineman Sukh Chung from Winnipeg. They also added Brett Boyko, their second-round pick in the 2015 CFL Draft who had spent time in the NFL. They joined veterans like David Foucault and Hunter Steward.

» Nissan Titan Power Rankings: Where did the Lions land?
» Buy Tickets: Ottawa at BC
» Weekly Predictor: Believing in BC?
» Lions relieve Bryan Chiu of duties; add Kelly Bates as OL coach

The dreams of training camp quickly turned into a nightmare season.

BC has given up a league-leading 45 sacks. That’s 13 more than what the Toronto Argonauts have allowed, that the second-worst team. Quarterback Mike Reilly has been sacked seven times in a game three times.

Bates’ job is to stop the carnage and keep Reilly healthy.

The Lions........