1999:

13-5, lost 26-24 to Calgary in Western Final.

Arrivals:

Steve Anderson, DE; Jon Baker, PK; Eric England, DT; Curtis Galick, DB; Ian Franklin, DB; Tom Hipsz, DT; Chuck Levy, RB; Sean Millington, RB; Doug Nussmeier, QB; Chris Perez, OL; Roger Reinson, LB; Marcello Simmons, CB; Bernard Williams, OL.

Departures:

Antonio Armstrong, LB; Eddie Brown, WR; Dave Chaytors, DT; Dave Donaldson, WR; Mo Elewonibi, OL; Rod Harris, SB; Khari Jones, QB; Dale Joseph, DB; Paul Lacoste, LB; Mark Nohra, RB; Rafael Robinson, FS; Johnny Scott, DL; Scott Thomas, FS.

The Skinny:

The Lions are much hungrier after posting a league-high 13 wins last year.

Damon Allen has re-signed and, at 37, the CFL's all-time leading rushing quarterback shows no signs of slowing down.

Allen's 4,219 passing yards ranked third and his 785 rushing yards was second only to Nealon Greene among quarterbacks last season.

He is only 4,586 yards shy of Ron Lancaster's CFL record for passing yardage. Not helping matters is the fact that receivers Don Blair and Alfred Jackson open the season on the injured list.

But head coach Greg Mohns is counting on Robert Drummond and newcomers Chuck Levy and Sean Millington to run amuck in the backfield.

He is also counting on Chris Perez to shore up the offensive line once his injured knee heals.

Defensively, there is no doubt they will miss Paul Lacoste, the CFL's outstanding rookie last season.

Also gone is all-star Johnny Scott and his 11 sacks, but Steve Anderson is a solid replacement.

Former NFLer Eric England and Tom Hipsz will also help.

The Lions even gave former Dallas Cowboys' first-rounder Shante Carver a good look before releasing him.

Though Carver failed to stick, Bernard Williams did.

The beefy offensive lineman and former first-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles is making his return to pro football after violating the NFL's substance abuse program four years ago.

And from the kicking a habit to kicking as a habit file, ageless place kicker Lui Passaglia is back for a 25th season.