|One Person's Post-Mortem/Opinion|
|Written by Les Lazaruk|
|Thursday, 14 June 2012 10:06|
The first thing to remember is that this was the first "real" game situation for the Green and White and that earns them a second chance because so much of that line-up was seeing their first C-F-L game action or have been back-ups in the league.
The thing that really stood out was how polished and regular-season ready B-C was...especially in the first quarter. They dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, making Darian Durant look very uncomfortable and ineffective at the helm of the Saskatchewan offence while the Lions' first-team offensive line provided Travis Lulay with plenty of time to throw the ball. Things evened up as the game wore on...which head coach Corey Chamblin noted afterwards...but the lack of some starters was noticed!
Among those starters, Brendan LaBatte and Chris Best at guard. Sorry Huskies' fans, but Ben Heenan had a tough night in his first serious C-F-L action...and so did Patrick Neufeld, Nick Hutchins and Dan Goodspeed. The acquisition of Chris Patrick from Toronto should spell the end of Goodspeed's time in Green and White!
On defence, Keith Shologan's absence was obvious. The veteran will be able to occupy two O-Linemen in passing situations, freeing up others to put pressure on the quarterbacks. That didn't happen last night and Odell Willis should have a defensive end position by default as I don't think I heard Kenny Rowe's name once...the guy who suppossedly is first team ahead of Willis! The Canadians at middle linebacker decision is going to have to improve substantially...and fast!
At quarterback, the leaky pass protection made Durant look bad while J-T O'Sullivan was mediocre at best. Levi Brown threw a bad pick-six early in the second half while Drew Willy moved the ball in the fourth quarter. But, was that the Lions' third-stringers on defence at that point? I think so, although I think Willy did enough to move ahead of Brown into the third quarterback spot on the depth chart.
In addition to Willy, I liked what I saw of Kory Sheets and Louis Rankin running the ball along with Jason Cherry and Justin Harper catching the rock.
But, again, it's only one pre-season game, Brendan Taman and Corey Chamblin aren't being fired, Darian Durant isn't being traded, cut or even demoted and it's too early to say the sky is falling. Wait until after next Friday's home pre-season tilt with Calgary at the very least!