Lions coming together

DANIEL WILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:05 AM ET

The 2008 B.C. Lions coaching staff has finally been assembled with a number of changes on both sides of the ball.

Perhaps the most notable change, though, may be the retirement of defensive back Mark Washington to coach at the position.

Washington is looking forward to his new role and every aspect it entails.

"For the first time in 11 years, I'm going to be doing something different," said Washington. "I'm excited about new responsibilities. I'm excited about the pressure. I'm excited about having to prepare guys, putting in so much hard work, putting the game plan together and hoping that they execute it."

Washington believes the jump from player to coach will be relatively smooth and he anticipates no problems being in charge of his former teammates and peers.

"Whether I'm a coach or a player, what I demand of each man is to be a professional," he said. "They know that and they'll play that way."

Other changes to the staff include: former special teams and linebackers coach Mike Bevevides promotion to defensive coordinator, replacing Dave Ritchie who has left the team and is unofficially retired; the return of Jacques Chapdelaine as receivers coach; and the hiring of Chuck McMann to run the special teams and running backs.

Now that the coaches have fallen into place, next come the players, with QB Jarious Jackson close to a deal with the team and free agency beginning Feb. 15. 


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