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CFL: BC Lions, Andrew Harris plan to go 'dictator' on Hamilton Tiger-Cats
If his paltry 19 yards rushing last week didn't get your attention, perhaps this intro from TSN will:
A little dramatic, sure, but so was Harris's drop off in last week's loss to the Montreal Alouettes. On the season, B.C.'s star halfback is still running at a clip of 5.1 yards per carry, good enough for 534 yards – fourth in the Canadian Football League.
What Harris did tell The Sports Network was that his Lions need to run the show. Call their opponents bluffs and bully them, essentially.
"If you have confidence and everyone's on the same page, even if (your opponents) know what you're doing, you're still going to be successful," Harris said on Monday. "That's just the attitude that we need to have and the attitude that we have now. And, it's going to change and we're adapting to it. We're making those changes and (simplifying) things down.
"So no matter what they're doing to us, we should have an answer for it and just be better than them on that given play... You've got to be a dictator in that situation."
Entering Friday night's match with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Lions hold a 5-3 record, good enough for a solid grip on third in the CFL's West Division and also equal to Toronto, the top team in the East.
Hamilton sits second on that side of the country, at 4-4, and have won three straight games.
The Ti-Cats also possess the league's top passing quarterback in Henry Burris, who leads all pivots with 2,454 yards in the air. B.C.'s Travis Lulay is third with 1,897 yards.
(For those keeping track at home, Toronto's Ricky Ray leads the CFL with a 134.0 passer rating and a 78.3% completion.)
For the Lions to halt Hamilton's hammer, they'll need to channel Harris's fire. Forget being dictators: it's totalitarianism, all the way.
"Certainly part of the responsibility I take is, if I don't put the players in a position where they can execute real well, then we don't see the speed and execution," said Lions offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine to Metro News's Cam Tucker.
"What's befuddling to us right now, at times, is the same play can be executed at a high rate of speed and execution, whether it's in practice, and then we come into a game situation, or a quarter later and there's some holes in that."