Sputtering offence unbeaten

DANIEL WILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

Despite a 4-0 start to the 2007 CFL season, the B.C. Lions' offence is taking a lot of heat for not putting up the numbers they have in previous seasons, something slotback Jason Clermont takes great offence to.

"We're undefeated, we're 4-0," said Clermont. "We're doing a little ball control, conservative offence, trying to protect our leads. When it gets down to it, if we need to step up and throw 500-600 yards, that means we're probably trailing and we don't want to be in that position."

The Lions accumulated an average of 370 total yards per game over the 2006 season, including an average of 292 average passing yards and 100 average rushing yards, per game. This season, through the team's first four games, the Lions have averages of 204 passing yards, 113 rushing yards and 297 total yards, per game.

Still, slotback Geroy Simon thinks there's no reason to push the panic button.

"I think we're doing pretty good," said Simon. "We've scored more points than other teams have. Obviously we want to score a lot more points, but the key to this game is to win and we've been doing that."

Many are quick to point to the uncertainty of which quarterback will be on the field as a problem, - thanks to injuries to both starter Dave Dickenson and back-up Buck Pierce - but according to players, the rotating quarterback situation has not affected the offence, as Dickenson, Pierce and Jarious Jackson have all shared time leading the unit.

"It's nothing," said Clermont. "We've been doing this for years. It started with Casey [Printers] and Dave and Spergon [Wynn] and now we've got Buck and Jarious in the mix. The thing about it is, we're able to get meaningful reps for our guys, not only in practice, but in games, so we're seamless when they come in."

The quarterbacks agree with their offensive weapons.

"We all get reps out here," said QB Pierce, who will start this weekend. "We prepare for everybody to play and that's why we've had such success with all our backups."

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- Lions QB Dave Dickinson visited with a concussion specialist in Toronto this week, said head coach Wally Buono.

"Dave's at a point now, where he has to see a specialist and the next step will be important for everybody," said Buono.

Dickenson is out of the lineup indefinitely and is still experiencing concussion symptoms, stemming from a hit on July 13 in a game against Saskatchewan. It was Dickenson's third concussion in two seasons.

In Dickenson's place will be back-up quarterback Buck Pierce.


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