Poll Recap – The 2015 Grey Cup Champions will come from (PT.3)

Today, we move on to part 3 of our general overview of what’s new for the 9 teams in the CFL. Having already covered: Calgary, Hamilton, Edmonton, and Montreal, we will step back one more place in the 2014 playoff standings to analyze the BC Lions and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Here’s a basic overview of the 2015 versions for BC and Saskatchewan:

Saskatchewan

Team overview: The bulk of 2014 saw Saskatchewan dealing with what’s often known as the Grey Cup hangover. It seemed that despite a lot of talent in all 3 phases of the game, Saskatchewan still faced adversity in the latter half of the season. This time around, Corey Chamblin will be calling the defense himself as head coach and will rely on newcomer Greg Quick to oversee his defenders. On offence, George Cortez has been replaced by another new face in Jacques Chapdelaine.

Notable 2015 changes:

Intangibles: The 2015 Sasktchewan Roughriders will play a different brand of football relative to last season. Fans will see this change most clearly on offence where an emphasis on passing will likely re-emerge under Chapdelaine. Pair that with perennial all-star receivers: Chris Getzlaf, Weston Dressler, Rob Bagg, and Taj Smith, and the Roughriders will have no problem bringing completions down on the gridiron. Darian Durant has come into camp near 100%, which means that Sask’s offensive viability has received a huge boost heading into the new season. Defensively, this squad is as strong as any team in the league. The defensive line will consist of 2014 sack-leader John Chick on one end, with Alex Hall managing the other end position. Add Tearrius George into that mix and you have a line that will be spending a good amount of time in the faces of opposing quarterbacks. Should playbook modifications be absorbed efficiently throughout their installations, Saskatchewan should look like a stronger iteration of themselves in 2015.

 

BC

Team overview: No team in the CFL has seen a more dramatic change in team culture this off-season than the BC Lions. It was clear from the get-go that GM Wally Buono wanted to shake things up from the top down. Coaches have been changed, veterans have been released, and a new crop of Leo-hopefuls are now clawing their ways into a new chapter in BC Lions history. Jeff Tedford, BC’s new head coach, has enjoyed a storied career in in the: CFL, NCAA, and the NFL. Tedford now comes to BC with a rolodex that only sweetened the deal that saw him become BC’s 25th head coach.

Notable 2015 changes:

Intangibles: The word coming out of camp this season is that coach Tedford is looking for fast-paced practices. Pacing is of course a very interesting part of Tedford’s background as he all but revolutionized the hurry-up offence as a coach in the NCAA. With Travis Lulay on the mend, and looking like he might grace the gridiron once more, things are indeed looking up for the BC Lions. When looking at all 9 teams in the league, it is clear that BC has undergone the most drastic changes since last season. With change, one needs to expect hiccups along the way, but we should expect to see a cohesive and positive effort from the Lions week-in and week-out. You can’t forget that the 2014 Most Outstanding Player; Solomon Elimimian, will once again be helping run the Lions’ defence along with his “Team 100” co-captain: Adam Bighill. Offensively, Andrew Harris is back in the fold which means big things for the Lions. Last season, Harris was at one point on pace for a 1,000-yard season in both rushing and receiving, before he went down to injury. With Harris back at 100%, and Lulay looking to get him the ball, BC stands a chance against whatever team they face.

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