Lulay in need of greater protection 0
Travis Lulay signed a two-year extension with the B.C. Lions on Thursday. reuters
I've stated on many occasions since the early weeks of the CFL season that this current B.C. Lions team just doesn't look like the well-oiled offensive machine we've come to know over the years.
And those who are waiting for the team to suddenly shift into high gear may want to get themselves a comfy chair.
Gone are the days when the Lions moved the chains like Mr. T on the dance floor.
Now there’s plenty of blame to go around. But it seems QB Travis Lulay is taking the brunt of the growing criticism.
It doesn't help that on nearly each possession by the Leos we hear the same three descriptions in every game broadcast:
“Lulay hurried. Lulay forced to scramble. Lulay hit hard just as he releases the ball.”
If the Lions pivot wants that extra second or two to move around he has to make a conscious decision to hang in the forever-collapsing pocket and willingly take a shot.
He's simply not afforded the time and protection most other quarterbacks get and he's had to live with that and adapt around it.
This means he's at serious risk of injury. It also means he does not have the luxury of going through his reads and finding that open third or fourth option like his Roughriders and Stampeders counterparts.
Now it's apparent that playing behind this current makeshift offensive line has altered Lulay’s confidence.
Too often he is forced to throw a ball before he should and the interceptions and overthrows are beginning to mount.
But two things we're not likely to hear anytime soon is the QB openly complaining about his protection and future play by excited commentators exclaiming, "Lulay, with all day to throw.”