Start Printers now

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A loss by the B.C. Lions Friday certainly did not help solve any of the newly-developed quarterback controversy.

All last week, coach Wally Buono stood behind his number one QB, Buck Pierce, even though he signed former CFL MVP Casey Printers to a practice roster contract.

He said the injury-prone Pierce was his No. 1, and Printers, who stayed in Vancouver this past weekend, was there for depth, since Jarious Jackson is sitting out with a rotator cuff injury.

Buono even re-iterated his QB rankings last Tuesday: "Buck's one, Travis [Lulay] is two, Zac [Champion] is number three, and Jarious is on the injured and Casey is on the practice roster."

But when Pierce threw for only one touchdown - with one interception - in a 27-18 loss to the Calgary Stampeders, one question is starting to form on the lips of fans hoping to see consistency from the 5-7 Lions: Is it time to start Casey Printers?

That's not to say though that Printers is a guaranteed solution, considering he threw six TDs and had a 53.3 completion percentage in his last two seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

But folks in B.C. aren't quick to forget 2004, when he led the Lions to the Grey Cup game while leading the league in TD passes with 35.

Buono must take another look at the man leading the offence, one that picked up only four points in the last two quarters Friday and one that is sixth in CFL points scored.

Whether Pierce, Printers, or even Lulay starts this Friday against Saskatchewan, the Lions can't coast on this mediocre season and rely on the poorer records of Toronto and Winnipeg to crossover into the East for postseason action.

That's just not the B.C. Lions way.


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