We’re at the halfway point—sort of in the Canadian Football League season. All is good with the Calgary Stampeders on top and favourites to win it all!
But that is still to be determined.
What is very much in evidence is the need for some massaging of the Canadian Football League rules and challenges.
First, there seems constant gatherings of officials after every calls. Why? I thought the various improvements were supposed to eliminate conferences. Not so. At least right now.
The other issue that has crept up, is one of unintended consequences. The offensive pass interference challenge was a natural counter to the defensive pass interference challenges. However, coaches are using the passing challenges as fishing trips. If there is a debatable call, they throw the flag saying there was contact between defensive backs and receivers. Of course, if they find contact—and considering there are five DB guarding five receivers, there is a chance to find an infraction—–the other play is wiped out. Usually, it’s a play the coach is unhappy with but has nothing to do with defensive or offensive interference. Yes, there are mechanisms to overturn the calls or charges coaches with a timeout. But why have the slowdown in the first place.
There still is time for rule and procedural tweaks. Let’s hope the Canadian Football embraces those chances to improve their product.