British Columbia Lions

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

PREDICTION: 2ND IN WEST

HEAD COACH: Wally Buono

GM: Wally Buono

OFFENSIVE THREAT: GEROY SIMON

DEFENSIVE STALWART: CARL KIDD

UNSUNG HERO: MARK NOHRA

KEY ADDITIONS -- DB Corey Banks, K Paul McCallum, FB Mark Nohra.

KEY DEPARTURES -- QB Casey Printers, OL Cory Mantyka, K Duncan O'Mahony, OL Moe Elewonibi, DB Jason Crumb.

STRENGTHS -- As one of the most productive quarterbacks in CFL history, Dave Dickenson always seems to find a way to move the ball against any defence. The former Stampeder has tons of weapons at his disposal, including dangerous Canadian receivers Jason Clermont, Ryan Thelwell and Paris Jackson. Running back Antonio Warren was fifth in league rushing in '05, scoring 13 touchdowns.

WEAKNESSES -- The Lions have struggled along the offensive line and have been criticized for leaving Dickenson vulnerable. The addition of two import tackles this season is expected to alleviate the problem.

INTANGIBLES -- Dickenson's presence alone makes the Lions perennial Cup contenders while head coach Wally Buono has the second-most wins of any CFL boss.

PROGNOSIS -- The departure of QB Casey Printers will finally quell the ongoing controversy in Vancouver over who should run the offence.

It is now in the capable hands of Dickenson, while the only issue of concern is the starting pivot's health. Dickenson is the undisputed No. 1 QB in the league, yet has never played a full season.

The addition of sensational DB Korey Banks (Ottawa) will shore up the secondary although the defence will be hurt with the loss of LB Barrin Simpson (Winnipeg).

The concern now is can Buck Pierce or Jarious Jackson save the day if No. 12 goes down?

The addition of free agent K Paul McCallum is expected to solve some of the kicking inconsistency from the foot of Duncan O'Mahony, who left for Winnipeg.


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