July 30, 2014

Morris: Week 6 will be a test of BC’s pride


The BC Lions spent the week licking their wounds after reality bared its fangs and took a big bite.

The Lions’ confidence was inflated after wins over Saskatchewan and Montreal, but that balloon was popped by a 23-6 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at BC Place Stadium last week. Like Cameron Diaz washed of her makeup, the Lions got a good look at themselves and it wasn’t pretty.

A Lions’ offence that scored 67 points in its previous two games couldn’t manage a touchdown against the Bombers. Adding to the humiliation, the loss came on the same night the CFL’s all-time receiving leader Geroy Simon was inducted into the Lions’ Ring of Honour.

“What happened was we went into (Regina) and we won, then we whooped Montreal and I think we got to thinking we were pretty hot stuff,” right guard Dean Valli said about BC dropping to 2-3.

“It’s a humiliating experience. It will remind us you have to bring that maximum intensity and flawless execution every week or it’s not going to get done. It’s a bit of a kick in the ass saying you guys better come to play every week.”

Things won’t get any easier this week when B.C. plays the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium. Not only are the Stampeders unbeaten with four wins, they have the league’s best run defence and are second against the pass.

The list of things the Lions need to cleanup against Calgary reads like a bad arrest record.

BC has allowed a whooping 21 sacks so far this year. That can partly be attributed to an under-construction offensive line that has seen three different left tackles used in four games.

Kevin Glenn, the quarterback the Lions were excited to get in a trade when they realized Travis Lulay hadn’t recovered from off-season shoulder surgery, has thrown eight interceptions and just five touchdowns. He tossed seven interceptions all last season.