Lions need a new O-man

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

B.C. Lions' offensive line coach Dan Dorazio and quarterbacks coach Steff Kruck are candidates to succeed Jacques Chapdelaine as the Grey Cup champions' offensive coordinator.

Edmonton Eskimos hired Chapdelaine yesterday as assistant head coach and offensive co-ordinator.

Lions' head coach and general manager Wally Buono told 24 hours from his vacation spot in Maui that he is in no rush to fill the vacancy, but he would speak with his staff today.

"You have to look internally," Buono said. "Both Steff and Dan are guys who have been coordinators before at the collegiate level and been involved with our offence for a number of years."

Buono said he's happy for Chapdelaine personally, but is disappointed to see him leave.

"Wally and I can walk in two different directions now and at least feel good," Chapdelaine said.

Chapdelaine, drafted from Simon Fraser University in 1983's first round by the Lions, played seven Canadian Football League seasons. He coached the Laval Rouge et Or to 1999's Vanier Cup triumph and was offensive coordinator with Buono when the Calgary Stampeders won 2001's Grey Cup. He followed Buono to B.C. in 2003.

"He's got a recipe for success and he's worked with a pretty good guy in Wally," said Esks' head coach and director of football operations Danny Maciocia.

Chapdelaine said an SFU alumni member approached him about rescuing the struggling Clan football program. He said there were no formal talks with SFU's athletic administration. 


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