Life goes on in B.C.

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

Jacques Chapdelaine hasn't returned to Edmonton as a disgruntled former Eskimos employee.

Fired as Edmonton's offensive co-ordinator and associate head coach in the off-season, Chapdelaine makes his first return to Commonwealth Stadium tonight as the B.C. Lions receivers coach.

"I think the experience I was able to gather while I was in Edmonton was invaluable. I (am) still very thankful for the opportunity people gave me there (in Edmonton)," said Chapdelaine.

"Even though things didn't work out well, I think Edmonton treated me extremely nicely right through the end.

"There are no regrets (of being in Edmonton). At the same time I am very pleased to be back here (in B.C.)."

On the surface, it appears Chapdelaine took a major demotion to return to Vancouver this year after being the Lions offensive co-ordinator in 2005 and 2006.

But in reality, that really isn't the case.

"My duties aren't too far off what I used to do (in Vancouver)," said Chapdelaine.

"I am in charge essentially of the passing game.

"I am upstairs in the booth and I get to play call in some situations."

The Lions enter this week with the most passing yards in the league (1682) but with the third-fewest passes attempted.

After starting the year 0-2, B.C. has won three straight.

In Edmonton last year, there was very little success in a 5-12-1 regular season.

Chapdelaine was the most high-profile off-season departure, with Rick Worman taking over the offensive co-ordinator title.

But Chapdelaine is being extremely polite in his return to his old home.

"Edmonton is playing good football right now," he remarked.

"It promises (to be) a competitive game."

FINISH LINES: In a touch of class, Chapdelaine tried to contact Jason Tucker - after his catastrophic neck injury last week.

"I did send an e-mail to the Edmonton organization for Jason. It's one of those extremely unfortunate injuries," he said.


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