Simon says: 'It's time'

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The burden of a mind-numbing 1-6 record heading into the bye week wasn't a familiar one to many, if any, members of the B.C. Lions.

That explains why Geroy Simon, who hasn't been part of a worse start since joining the team in 2001, had mixed emotions during the designated time off.

"This one was a little bit different because we hadn't been in the situation that we're in," said the veteran slotback at Saturday's practice.

"For the first couple days, I was in a bad mood and then as the week progressed, I kind of got over it and decided to move on."

The Lions are back at work this week in preparation for the 6-1 Calgary Stampeders Friday at Empire Field, and Simon hopes the break serves as B.C.'s turning point in the season.

"(The bye week) was a chance for us to get away because we had been in a routine and obviously that routine that we were in wasn't working," he said.

"It broke the monotony and gave us a chance to refocus and get our heads right and get back to work and get on the right track."

That right track means executing, being consistent, and staying disciplined -- all of which has been lacking in the Lions' game so far.

And while Simon still believes the team can turn things around, coach Wally Buono says their confidence level took a hit, particularly after the 37-13 drubbing by the Saskatchewan Roughriders two weeks ago.

"Obviously, it's been affected," he said. "That's not rocket science.

"The break comes at a good time. We'll come back and clean up some of the things that we've worked on and then get our minds right for the big game."


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