Ed Willes notes: Offensive line coach Chiu enthusiastic about coming residence

B.C. Lions coaching camp notes.

KAMLOOPS — Bryan Chiu says it was at all times his intention to return residence to work for the B.C. Lions.

After 25 years, he lastly has that likelihood.

Chiu, the 44-year-old Richmond product, begins his first 12 months because the Lions’ offensive line coach after a 13-year corridor of fame-calibre profession with the Montreal Alouettes as a centre and CFL teaching stops in Toronto and Ottawa. A high-school star at Vancouver School, he left residence within the mid-1990s to attend Pacific earlier than transferring to Washington State.

His mom nonetheless lives in Richmond and his uncle owns the Bamboo Grove restaurant there.

“I used to be at all times a B.C. Lions fan and I at all times wished to play for them,” says Chiu. “However Montreal drafted me and it didn’t work out that manner. I simply by no means made it again residence till now.”

Chiu is certainly one of six first-year assistants on DeVone Claybrooks’ employees who performed within the CFL. The others are: working again coach Nik Lewis, quarterback coach Drew Tate, defensive again coach Ryan Phillips, defensive position coach Chris Ellis and particular groups coach Keith Stokes.

“The most important factor is the blokes on our employees are very shut,” stated Chiu. “Most of us performed in opposition to one another so it’s like a locker-room mentality. We are able to joke and have enjoyable however when Clay speaks, he’s the boss. We owe it to him to ensure we’re doing our job as a result of he gave us a job.”

• Gerardo Alvarez, certainly one of three Mexican nationals attempting out for the Lions this season, drew an enormous cheer from his teammates when he caught an extended move from backup quarterback Ricky Lloyd in Tuesday’s morning follow.

“It was superior,” Alvarez stated. “I used to be in opposition to Garry Peters. He’s an incredible participant. To catch that ball makes me really feel so good. That’s my greatest expertise at this coaching camp.”

Alvarez, a 31-year-old receiver with four.5 pace, is joined in Kamloops by receiver Fernando Richarte and defensive lineman Octavio Gonzales. As a part of the brand new CBA, CFL groups can maintain one worldwide participant who doesn’t depend in opposition to the wage cap.

“To start with, we need to keep right here,” stated Alvarez. “We need to make the ultimate roster. If we don’t keep right here we’ll share this expertise with our league.”

• Defensive halfback Aaron Grymes signed with the Lions as a free agent this low season and can workforce up with T.J. Lee within the Lions’ secondary. Twenty years in the past the pair first met as teammates on their youth soccer workforce when a seven-year-old Grymes was the QB and seven-year-old Lee was the working again.

“Really, I simply handed him the ball and blocked for him,” Grymes stated.

“I’ve obtained my greatest buddy on the workforce and that makes issues simpler,” stated Lee.

Grymes and Lee, actually, are each godfathers to one another’s daughters. They performed collectively via highschool earlier than Grymes left for Idaho and Lee attended Jap Washington.

Each have been named CFL all-stars, Grymes with the Eskimos in 2015 and Lee with the Lions final season.

We’ve at all times been shut on-and-off the sector,” stated Lee. “It’s superior when you might have somebody who matches your work ethic and depth. I don’t really feel as a lot stress now that I’ve one other veteran DB again there.”