First-year B.C. Lions’ head coach DeVone Claybrooks fielded questions from media on Day 2 of rookie camp at Hillside Stadium on Thursday.
Here’s what he had to say:
How has the adjustment period been?
You mean like all these microphones in my face after every practice? No, it’s been fun. Guys are doing a great job, TRU is doing a great job of hosting, great facilities. Everything’s been good. Hopefully, we just keep this train going.
Were you just as excited as the rookies get here?
I was like a kid on Christmas counting down the hours. Now, you really get to coach football. These last three, four months, you’ve been prepping in your playbook. Now you get to see the fruits of your labour. You’ve got all the ingredients and you want to see what kind of soup you’re going to make. Hopefully, I make some chicken noodle.
What can Brett Boyko bring to the team?
I think he can bring versatility. He’s a proven O-lineman who’s been successful in other leagues, played at a high level. He makes us better, adds to our depth. It gives us flexibility in other aspects, other areas of the team.
What is your biggest challenge right now?
Just getting everybody acclimated and implementing your system. You know it’s not going to be a smooth transition and you’re going to get resistance from guys. They have to understand the standard is the standard and it’s not going to be compromised for anybody.
How concerning was the labour dispute?
It always ends up working out in the 12th hour. The same thing happened in ’14. We knew that something was going to get done. We were operating as if it was going to happen and it did.
What is one area you want to see the team improve In?
I just think overall we need to be more consistent. In the past, it was inconsistent play. One week, you look like game breakers. The next week, you look like the Bad News Bears. You can’t win in this league if you’re not consistent.
How are the new coaches settling in?
They know me. They know what I’m going to tolerate, what I’m not going tolerate, the standard of what I want. It’s like a brotherhood and the best part is we all like each other. We hang out outside of work. I think you’ve got to have that camaraderie to try to have something special.