On-field incident led to Printers' demise: Buono

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The B.C. Lions have finally lost confidence in Casey Printers.

The quarterback was released by the club Wednesday in what GM and coach Wally Buono calls a decision made following an embarrassing loss to Winnipeg Monday.

"At the end of the game there was an incident that occurred and that was not something that in my mind or anybody's mind should occur," said Buono. "The lack of confidence also makes it such that was best we parted ways."

Cameras caught Printers throwing his helmet and chewing out receiver O'Neill Wilson, the intended target of his intercepted pass which led to the 47-35 overtime loss to the Blue Bombers.

It was the tipping point in a shocking collapse that saw the Lions blow a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Printers, who had entered the game in place of the injured Travis Lulay, finished with four completions on seven attempts for 38 yards.

"What happened in the game, what happened at the end of the game unfortunately brought everything to a head," said Buono, who added that the confidence issue was two-part. "I don't know how much confidence Casey had in us and in himself. The position of quarterback is not an easy position but it's such a critical position that if you lose confidence in that individual than I think it's necessary to part ways."

The decision came just a year after the Lions had signed Printers to his second stint with the club, one that saw him suffer a knee injury earlier this season. He returned as the starter in Week 8 but loss the job to Lulay two weeks ago after a string of mistakes.

"Sometimes when you make a decision, you have to admit that it wasn't necessarily the right decision," said Buono. "At the time, I felt and everyone felt it was worth another opportunity."

The Lions, who are 5-9 and sit third in the West Division, will go with Lulay as their No. 1 quarterback the rest of the way with Jarious Jackson moving up to the No. 2 spot.


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