Alouettes: defensive reinforcements

Alouettes: defensive reinforcements

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MONTREAL – Alouettes fans will be able to observe the two new defensive acquisitions of Danny Maciocia on Friday, when the British Columbia Lions are at Percival-Molson Stadium.

The interim general manager and head coach has confirmed that defensive back Nafees Lyon and defensive lineman Thomas Costigan will play their first matchup in Sparrow uniforms this week.

“After a few days [of training], I'm happy with what I see. I am convinced that they will contribute to the future success of our defense,” said Maciocia, who obtained the two newcomers from the Edmonton Elks last week.

An easy transition

If they have to adapt to a new city and a new organization, Lyon and Costigan do not arrive in Montreal completely in the unknown. They are indeed very familiar with the defensive game system set up in the “Als” by coordinator Noel Thorpe. Both athletes played for the Vancouver native last year, as he was in charge of the Elks' defensive unit.

“I know their skills and their strengths well, raised Thorpe. They are excellent complements for our defense. They are two physical players with character.”

“As far as our patterns and foundations are concerned, they already understand. The transition is therefore very easy.”

This is also what Costigan thinks.

“It's probably the most “relaxed” transition possible. Thorpe does much the same thing here as he did with the Elks. It's been great so far and there are a lot of guys I met in Edmonton with the Alouettes,” said the defensive lineman, who has already played with Mike Moore and Darius Williams.

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For his part, Lyon believes that Thorpe's system is tailor-made for the type of player he represents.

“I was very comfortable when I played under him last year. last. In the five games I was a starter, I had two interceptions. I was playing games and I dare to believe that it will be like this with the Alouettes.”

Lyon's arrival will certainly not hurt the Sparrows' secondary, she who was very bad during her last clash.

“We can improve at this level and I wanted depth”, Maciocia said about the arrival of Lyon.

The half defensive Najee Murray could also make a comeback against the Lions, after being forced to sit out last Friday in a loss against the Ottawa Redblacks.

The Alouettes' big boss won't don't know yet if his player has recovered enough to be in uniform, but he really wants it.

“When he plays, I sleep much better the day before matches,” Maciocia said with a smile.< /p>