Angus Reid makes it sound simple.
Explaining why the B.C. Lions are a 1-4 team, instead of 4-1 or 3-2, the veteran centre points to one key area plaguing the club this season.
“It’s mistakes,” said Reid. “You have to equate it to something and it’s not a lack of talent. It’s not a lack of athleticism. It’s not a lack of people that can make plays not being able to make plays. We’re just doing dumb things out there, a little too many.”
During their current four-game losing streak, the Lions have lost three games by a margin of four points or less.
A touchdown here, a stop there and this city would be talking about a winning club, instead of a struggling squad with a tough August schedule ahead of them.
The potential for the Lions to fall to 1-8 is very possible – with games against Calgary, Montreal and Saskatchewan over the next five weeks.
“You look at us and it’s little things all the time,” said Reid, who erroneously rushed a snap late in the game against Edmonton. “The offence needs to flow. You don’t just mistake, mistake, mistake. Let’s have a 50-yard play. You can’t play football like that, that’s gambling football.”
But that’s not to say the Lions can’t suppress the physical and mental errors and turn things around quickly.
“On the plus side of things, I like it that way because you can correct mistakes,” said the Richmond native. “It’s tough to correct not having talent. We have to eliminate those things so our talent can win us the game.”
- Defensive tackle Aaron Hunt missed practice Tuesday and is being re-evaluated for an upper body injury. Dante Marsh was back practising after sitting out the Edmonton game with a groin injury.
- While quarterback Travis Lulay will start Saturday against Calgary, Casey Printers was at practice taking reps here and there. “It’s encouraging,” said coach Wally Buono. “He moved around, looked very lively, nothing really restricted him.”