Deep defense ready for Lions to jump at end of second half of season

The absence of Nathan Rourke means more strain on the BC Lions defense.

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As the saying goes, the best offense is a good defense. That may be what the BC Lions have to embody for the rest of the season.

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Nathan Rourke’s season-ending injury left most of the CFL fanbase wondering who this Liz Frank woman was and if Leo’s season was over as well.

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First, Lisfranc’s injury, which the Lions QB will be operated on, is the displacement or dislocation of the metatarsal (toe) from the tarsus (the collection of articulating bones that make up the metatarsal).

Second, the Lions season isn’t over.

Recreate an offensive supernova like Rourke for Michael O’Connor this year, even if he won the Vanier Cup at the University of BC and was one of the NCAA’s highest-rated quarterback prospects before that. It is unfair to ask

The Lions lead by a wide margin in almost every offensive stat in the CFL. Points, touchdowns, net offense, yards par plays, first downs… you get the idea.

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There is one more thing worth noting. Owned time. BC holds the ball 32:39 and leads the way with an average of 58.9 plays per game. This is usually due to the special teams having Rourke steal 90 yards.

Their unrivaled pivot is expected to miss at least 10-12 weeks of action, so the defense could see more reps.

Defensive coordinator Ryan Phillips said, “I know everyone has an opinion on what the team looks like because of Nate, because he’s a great player.” We are strong as a complete team in every aspect of the field, so I expect my defense to get out there and perform…and still continue to be the best in the league.

“[We]play the same style of football. We still expect to play, and the dynamic remains the same.”

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The defense is almost as impressive as the offense. BC has the lowest average net yards against (280.8). yards-par plays (5.5); first-downs allowed (156); fewest plays from scrimmage (50.7); and second only to the Saskatchewan Roughriders (Friday opposition at BC Place).

And as the game progressed, the deep defense got stronger while the coaches made tactical adjustments.In the past five games, the Lions have allowed only 16 points in the second half.

“It’s an achievement (of the players),” Phillips said. “We have nothing to do with the coaching staff. We don’t play games.

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A unit that has been rough-handed by the CFL over the past few years, the Front 7 is an impenetrable bulwark that helps the Lions average the fewest rushing yards (albeit as their opponents keep up the pace). useful if you have to constantly throw the ball to the Second most bag.

Starters Bo Locombo and Quincy Mauger were sidelined with injuries, but others stepped up. And then there’s the player who’s been there all along but goes unnoticed by most people because the stats don’t pop out.

I love defensive tackle Josh Banks.

“He’s a dog,” said Phillips. “He’s the only person in the room that everyone respects. This is difficult.”

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The 6-foot-4-inch, 290-pounder played a key role in connecting the middle team and the commanding double team, allowing ends like Obmugwacham to tee off at opposing quarterbacks. In his second year in the CFL, Banks increased the versatility of his game, along with Gwacham and Tim Bonner. He was primarily a plug, bruiser when playing for the New York Giants and his XFL and his AFL, but added finesse to his force with his brute in the Canadian game.

He also demonstrates durability and consistency day in and day out, both on the practice field and in the game. That stability is a key pillar on which Phillips will build, especially as the defense is expected to come under more pressure for longer.

As for Banks, he’s just having fun and ready for a challenge.

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“We’ve been preparing since training camp for these kinds of moments,” the Cary, North Carolina native said. I think it’s something that creates…Having that mindset keeps the train moving, things are moving so fast that you can’t look out the window, and I feel that’s the right mindset. increase.”

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Deep defense ready for Lions to jump at end of second half of season

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