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2015 CFL Team Previews: B.C. Lions Usher In New Era With Tedford

2015 CFL Team Previews: B.C. Lions Usher In New Era With Tedford

The BC Lions made the playoffs last season finishing in 4th place in the West Division, but lost badly in their opening playoff game and look to improve upon a 9-9 season.  British Columbia Lions Futures Odds To Win Grey Cup: +625  Regular Season Win Total (O/U): 9 wins  Most Significant Offseason Changes The biggest […]

The BC Lions made the playoffs last season finishing in 4th place in the West Division, but lost badly in their opening playoff game and look to improve upon a 9-9 season. 

British Columbia Lions Futures

Odds To Win Grey Cup: +625 

Regular Season Win Total (O/U): 9 wins 

Most Significant Offseason Changes

The biggest change for the Lions has to be on the top of the heap, the hiring of former California head coach Jeff Tedford to take over the reins on the sidelines. He brings an impressive resume including being the Pac 12 Coach of the Year twice and he holds Cal records for wins and bowl game wins. Tedford is bringing a quicker tempo offense where the pass will be the main option, so there is excitement this season for the Lions, but there is also trepidation since quarterback Travis Lulay is coming off a big time, shoulder injury. 

They’ll Be Successful If…

It is pretty generic to say, but the Lions will be successful if they play better on both sides of the ball. They finished 4th in the West last season, which is no surprise since they ranked fourth in the division in both points scored and points allowed. QB Kevin Glenn had 17 TD and 17 INT and is now with the Roughriders and Travis Lulay, who has been injured the last couple of seasons, is the likely the No. 1 guy to take over. B.C. has a legit wide receiver corps led by Emmanuel Arceneaux, but last season’s secnd leading wide receiver Ernest Jackson is now with the Redblacks. 

BC had two solid RB’s last season in Andrew Harris and Stefan Logan, who bolted for the Alouettes in the off-season. Harris will be the #1 RB and he will also have to show he can catch passes out of the backfield in Tedford’s new system. 

Solomon Elimimian led the CFL in tackles last season and he leads a defense that was very inconsistent last season. Defensive lineman Mrabure-Ajufo, Ese was the fifth pick in the draft and should help the defensive line, but the secondary is still the concern. 

They’ll Be Unsuccessful If…

If tThe defense cannot keep other teams from lighting up the scoreboard. In the last three games last season the Lions gave up 50, 33, and 37 points respectively and surrendering that many points does not spell success. The players have the buy into the up-tempo style of play Tedford will bring and that may be hard in the first season and with a QB that has had injury issues for the last two seasons. 

2015 Draft Tracker 

1. Mrabure-Ajufo, Ese DL Wilfrid Laurier

2. Boyko, Brett OL UNLV

3. Murray-Lawrence, Shaquille RB UNLV

4. Clarke, Adrian LB Bishop’s

5. Allison, Campbell OL Eastern Michigan

5. Covington, Christian DL Rice

6. Brinkworth, Joshua DB Pacific

7. Forde, Maxx DE Idaho

Outlook

Can Tedford make B.C. a better team? I would say maybe just a little, as he will make the team, at least, a little more consistent. The Lions have talent, I mean they crushed eventual Grey Cup champions Calgary by 24 points early in the season then imploded late and were throttled in their last game. There is hope in British Columbia and while being a little better is going to happen the Lions will not be drastically improved mainly because of the skill players they lost on the offensive side of the ball and the uncertainty at the QB position. 

Prediction: Third In West Division

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