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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CFL "TWEAKS" VIDEO REVIEW, CHRIS JONES COMMENTS


TORONTO (August 2, 2017) -- Coaches will be able to challenge only one play per game under changes to the video review system approved last night by the Canadian Football League. A national conference call with CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie and Senior Vice President of Football Glen Johnson will be held at 2:00pm ET today.
“We have a super game. Our elite athletes are treating us this year to incredible plays, close contests and even miracle comebacks. Scoring is up, penalties are down, and games are shorter. The last thing we want to have in place is an artificial impediment to our fans’ enjoyment of it all,” said CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.
”Video review, unfortunately, has become just that. It was put in place to fix egregious and indisputable mistakes that could affect the outcome of a game. It’s not being used that way now. Too many challenges and reviews are interrupting the game. Coaches, understandably since they are under pressure to win, have been using it to try to gain an advantage. Fans have been very clear with me that they want a change. We are delivering that change.”
The change is effective immediately.


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Roughriders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones discussed the change after Wednesday's practice:

ON THE RULE CHANGE:

CJ: Well I didn't get a vote. It came down from the League, it was a League decision, and certainly it'll help the flow of our game. The flow of the game is very important. It's going to make for a much better game for the fans to watch. Personally, yeah, I think it'll help our flow. The length of the games will be shorter so it's good for the league.

WERE THERE TOO MANY INTERRUPTIONS?

CJ: In the Calgary game I challenged and then Dave (Dickenson) challenged so it was a long break in between. That's not exciting for the fans. This is a fan-driven league and I think anything we can do to keep the excitement level at a premium is the right thing to do.

ARE YOU IMPRESSED BY THE COMMISSIONER'S DECISION-MAKING?

CJ: He puts himself out there to be subject to criticism from someone, I'm sure. Anyone who's willing to do what's best for the game is commendable.

ON CHANGING A RULE MID-SEASON

CJ: We did it last year too and it was for the betterment of the league. We've got 2/3 of the season left so if it helps the flow of the game and the fan perspective and basically helps us as coaches keep things going, I think it's a good thing.

WILL IT CHANGE HOW YOU COACH?

CJ: Certainly we have to be very aware that the officials will be very cautious and looking for contact now. I think that possibly the officials maybe got a little lax on that knowing that we had the ability to challenge so now that we don't as much, they're certainly up on the request of the offensive coaches will be watching for contact.

RP
@rodpedersen

28 comments:

Willie said...

Congratulations CFL, this had to be done and you have done the right thing that all Fans will greatly appreciate.

Anonymous said...

Phew! While the games have been entertaining this season, the coaches' challenges were getting out of hand. Atta boy Randy! I guess Dickenson will have to change his gameplans now LOL

Anonymous said...

Step one completed. Now if Glen Johnson needs a severance package, I'll chip in.

Anonymous said...

100% fan support on this move! BRAVO!!

It is clear that the new Commish is on a mission and that mission is one dedicated to making the CFL great!

Anonymous said...

bout time

Victor Isted said...

About time

Anonymous said...

bah, wrong fix. So if we use the Calgary game, three wrong calls made in the first two minutes all overturned by video review. So now we just have to live with the mistakes?

I don't like the contact reviews. But coaches should be able to review PI and a few other issues.

The league should be looking for and immediately correcting any "egregious and indisputable mistakes" (IE a horrible illegal block call that shouldn't have been called) without the coach having to ask for it. If that took place, I bet the coaches would give up their reviews. It would also allow the officials to call the game, and know someone has their back if something was missed, or was called incorrectly. No official wants to make a call incorrectly that causes a team to lose a game. Let the booth back them up. Setup a standard on how bad the call has to be for the booth to inform the ref. This really shouldn't be that hard and it should be able to occur in the 20-40 seconds between one play ending and another play starting. (yes I know we have a 20 second play clock, but it takes time for the officials to make the call, place the ball move the markers and start the clock)

Anonymous said...

Great move by the CFL. May I also suggest in the next CBA, the league try to introduce a clause that players can be fined if video shows them flopping or embellishment to try draw a flag. Fine them in the week if you see it like you would fine a dirty hit that was missed. The refs have a very tough job. That could make it easier. That Matt Nichol's flop last week was ridiculous. The play that cost Karen a million dollars was also clearly a flop. I say fine the players for things like that. That will hopefully also reduce the number of penalties.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness. Even Arash applauds the move. Notice he didn't take to calling the mid-season change "bush league" either. Better to do it now than suffer the rest of the season and risk losing more fans. Ambrosie has signalled that the status quo is unacceptable and he's going to straighten things out. Great to see.


Gunderson's Yorkton

Anonymous said...

Thanks Randy!! Much appreciated. So coaches....use it wisely!!

Gord said...

This is fantastic news!! Great job by the commissioner to fix this. Love it!

Anonymous said...

The type of leadership you would expect from a commisioner and Randy delivered! Bravo!

Anonymous said...

But what will we complain about now?

Anonymous said...

ALL HAIL the new commish! He see's a glareing problem and fixes it promptly.. All the other clown did was ruin the logo..now let's get back to playing a human game human's make mistakes one call goes your way one doesn't it adds to the drama of the game..Now let's hope Jonesy doesn't waste it trying to make his player look good..right Naaman..

Anonymous said...

The water

Darren Muller said...

This is great news indeed!! Congratulations to Mr.Ambrosie for stepping up to the plate and dealing with an issue that was seriously beginning to plague the credibility of the league. It's been a terrific start to the season with close games every week and entertaining right to the end. To do this at this juncture only proves he is the right man at the helm. I'm just wondering how Dickensen will coach now that his minion wont be able to look for penalties on every play on his tablet!! Lol

stephen preston said...

I thought it had already been agreed upon that we now complain about water fountains at the new stadium? How am I suppose to carry 2 beers AND find time to fill up my water? It's outrageous! Pitchforks, Torches - Regulators mount up!!

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones.

Anonymous said...

All right all right all right, making a crooked line straight.

Sask Wooderson

Anonymous said...

Adding a dozen or more water fountains is a huge deal and a massive financial burden on the Roughriders. Everyone who complains should be rolled out on a gurney!

Anonymous said...

You can do better.

Anonymous said...

Now step #2. Clean up the "contact "/"in the neighborhood " pass interference calls. Most are bogus. Let me play!!!

Anonymous said...

#whatwouldorridgedo,

Nothing, thank gosh we got a new Commish that understands the game.

Anonymous said...

"But what will we complain about now?"

Blown calls that you can't believe were missed that alter the outcome of a game.

Anonymous said...

It's just a temporary bandaid. Still need to get rid of bad calls and calls away from the play. It should buy time to really review what has to be done. The game does not need to be fixed. Refs and calls should not control the outcome. Refs should control the game and insure the outcome is fair. Fix the officiating and command center.

Anonymous said...

Man I really like this new commissionaire.

Anonymous said...

Good news for Dbs they can start playing tighter more physical coverage without being concerned about opposing coach throwing a flag. Passing yards and scoring will probably take a dip.

Robert Bronk said...

Randy and Glen are doing a great job. I see this as a first of several moves to improve an already great game.