According to The Sun poll, only 22 per cent of respondents want team lineup overhauled.
Photograph by: Les Bazso, PNG
VANCOUVER — The message from fans of the B.C. Lions seems clear: step away from the panic button.
More than 65 per cent of those responding to a Vancouver Sun online football poll have indicated there is absolutely no reason to do a major overhaul to a Canadian Football League team that, despite crashing in this year's West Division Final, still finished first overall with a 13-5 record this season and won the Grey Cup in 2011 (see poll question and vote below).
But those fans want some upgrades and trust GM Wally Buono to make the necessary changes that will keep the team competitive.
Just under 22 per cent suggested it was time to flush the old guard, including popular receiver Geroy Simon, and pass the torch to the younger players waiting in the wings. Only 12 per cent didn't want to mess with success, voting to keep the team as is.
Fan Brian Wile wrote: "The reality of getting old has a way of getting our attention. The Lions are old and their claws are worn. It's time to rebuild the pride.
"Wally will know what to do — keep Simon around in a coaching capacity, let (Arland) Bruce and (Angus) Reid go, and for sure keep the kicker (Paul McCallum) until somebody takes his job from him. He still has leg."
Gordon Fairfoull opined: "The first priority should be the offensive line. With (Jovan) Olafioye probably leaving and (Ben) Archibald not good enough and both guards need to be replaced. Reid should be kept around to mentor the new guys one more year.
"The defensive backs are getting long in the tooth. (Byron) Parker and (Lin-J) Shell did not meet expectations, (Cauchy) Muamba at safety was a bust - he cannot tackle and will not stick his head in on a tackle and punish the receiver. The whole backfield had to be around the bottom for interceptions.
"They should be bringing along the young kicker and getting him game time. Time to replace (Anton) McKenzie at the linebacker position. and bring in some competition at training camp for the defensive line.
"And it's time to make a change at offensive coordinator, (Jacques) Chapdelaine is too predictable and we need some new ideas — i.e. crossing patterns and putting the ball downfield."
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