RT @CFL_PR: The #CFL has handed Jonathan Rose of the Ottawa REDBLACKS a one-game suspension for pushing an official during last Sunday’s Ea…

Play #131: All scoring plays are automatically reviewed by the Command Centre. There was no evidence to overturn the call on the field of a #BlueBombers catch with control of the football. #CFLPlayoffs

Play#117: #BlueBombers flagged for No Yards Interference on the play. A player on the kicking team cannot interfere with an opponent attempting to field a punt. This is a 15 yard penalty. #CFLPlayoffs

Play #110: #BlueBombers LB (#38 Wild) flagged for DPI on the play. Contacting an opponent creating separation, or redirecting, restricting or impeding a receiver in a manner that is visually evident and materially affects the receivers’ ability to play the ball. #CFLPlayoffs

Play #85: #BlueBombers DB (#16 Loffler) flagged for Unnecessary Roughness for a late hit on an opponent. This is a 15 yard major foul penalty. #CFLPlayoffs

Play #41: #Stampeders challenged the call on the field of Offensive Pass Interference by WR (#81 Matthews). After review, the ruling on the field stands. The receiver initiated a block on a #BlueBombers defender covering another receiver. #CFLPlayoffs

Play #136: Hamilton challenged for Roughing the Passer on the Play by Ottawa DB (#34 Hebert). After review, the Replay Official ruled there was no clear and obvious evidence that there was roughing on Hamilton QB (#8 Masoli). The ruling on the field stands. #CFL

Ottawa also has tied a CFL Playoff Team record with 6 TD passes. Ottawa had 6 as a team on Nov 19/66 vs Hamilton in a 42-16 win. Jackson 4, Billy Cline 1, Don Gilbert 1. Trevor Harris has all 6 TD passes this afternoon. #CFLGameday #GCPlayoffs

Play #96: #Redblacks DL (#98 Ellis) flagged for Roughing the Passer. It is a penalty to deliver a blow above the strike zone, to the head or neck of the Passer. This is a 15 yard penalty. #CFL

Play #77: All scoring plays are reviewed by the Command Centre. The touchdown catch by #Ticats WR (#12 Jones) stands. There was no clear and obvious evidence to overturn the ruling on the field of a completed catch. #CFL

(2/2) Play #73: A player shall be penalized and subject to disqualification for any act of rough play of excessive roughness considered by the Referee to warrant disqualification. #CFL

(1/2) Play #73. Ottawa DB #9 (Rose) Penalized for Unnecessary Roughness for hitting an opponent late out of bounds, and was also disqualified for Rough Play: physical abuse of an official. #CFL

Play #27: #Redblacks challenged that there was Pass Interference on the play. After review, the replay official determined that there was DPI by #Ticats DB (#26 Brooks). There was evidence of contact that materially affected the receivers ability to play the ball. #CFL

Play #9: #Ticats DB (#26 Brooks) flagged for Roughing the Passer on #Redblacks QB (#7 Harris). Once the ball is released, defensive players must void all unnecessary contact with the passer. There is no “one step rule”. This is a 15 yard penalty. #CFL

This will be the 6th career playoff start for #Stampeders QB Bo Levi Mitchell He is 4-1 to date averaging 302 yards passing per game.

His TD:INT Ratio is 6 to 1 (12 TDs, 2 INTs), good for 2nd-highest in all of #CFL playoff history (trailing only Mike Reilly).

In 30 minutes #Redblacks QB Trevor Harris will be starting his first-ever Division Final game. He joins 11 previous Ottawa QBs with Division Final starts over their history back to 1945 and the Post WW II era led by Russ Jackson. #CFL https://t.co/UwLI9dE2CG

Across 2017-18, the #Stampeders and #Bombers are a combined 35-6 when they lead after the 1st Quarter and just 9-13 when they do not. #CFL

Today will be Ottawa’s 3rd East Final in the last 4 years.

The last time they did that was in ’79, ’81 & ’82. This is the 37th time that a Club from Ottawa will play in the East Final game. They are 16-20 since 1908, and a perfect 2-0 under the #REDBLACKS’ banner since 2014 #CFL

Having led the Stampeders to a playoff win in each of the last 4 years, #Stampeders QB Bo Levi Mitchell will be trying to join an elite group with wins in 5 years in a row or more today.

(1963 to present) #CFL https://t.co/0GrZFApHtj

#Ticats Drive Starts – Of Hamilton’s 40 possessions vs OTT, they began only ONE inside Ottawa territory.
Avg Start: Own 32 yard line.

#Redblacks Drive Starts – Of Ottawa’s 42 possessions vs HAM, they began 10 inside Hamilton territory (3 TD).
Avg Start: Own 41 yard line. #CFL

November 15, 2018

Jeffcoat handed max fine following hit on Bridge

The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced three fines on Thursday after the Division Semi-Finals.

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced three fines on Thursday after the Division Semi-Finals.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive lineman Jackson Jeffcoat was handed a maximum fine following his high hit on Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Brandon Bridge.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive linemen Patrick Neufeld and Sukh Chungh were fined for late and unnecessary hits on Saskatchewan Roughrider players on Sunday.

As per league policy, the amount of the player fines was not disclosed.

November 11, 2018

Randy Ambrosie issues statement on Brandon Bridge hit

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie released the following statement on Sunday regarding the hit on Brandon Bridge.

TORONTO — CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie released the following statement on Sunday regarding the hit on Brandon Bridge during the Western Semi-Final:

“The high hit on Brandon Bridge late in the Western Semi-Final (play 137) was clearly a missed call. Watching this occur, and seeing via the ‘ref cam’ that the on-field referee’s view was blocked, my reaction is we need to look this off-season at allowing the Command Centre to make the call on plays such as this one, clear matters of player health and safety,” said Commissioner Randy Ambrosie. “We need to do more than admit an error. We need to search for a solution.”

November 1, 2018

Football Operations Series – Week 20 – Roughing The Passer

Breaking down the series of events that followed a high hit against Saskatchewan Roughriders Quarterback Zach Collaros.
November 1, 2018

Football Operations Series – Week 20 – Legal Formations

Examples of legal and illegal formations from week 20.
November 1, 2018

Football Operations Series – Week 20 – Roughing The Kicker

Assessing how roughing the kicker is officiated and how what looks like a roughing call might not be one.
October 29, 2018

A note from Commissioner Randy Ambrosie regarding hit on Zach Collaros

I want to acknowledge that our response to the Odell Willis hit on Zach Collaros this past weekend was clearly inadequate. First of all, the play should have been flagged and a roughing the ...

I want to acknowledge that our response to the Odell Willis hit on Zach Collaros this past weekend was clearly inadequate.

First of all, the play should have been flagged and a roughing the passer penalty should have been imposed by the on-field officiating crew without Saskatchewan having to use its’ challenge.

Secondly, the Injury Spotter, who has access to several camera angles in the Command Centre, including the view from the “all 24 (players)” camera, should have immediately stopped the game and had Collaros removed from the field for examination upon the first signs of distress.

Finally, we should have publicly acknowledged these errors  and communicated with the media and fans promptly instead of waiting until last evening to share a statement.

I am committed to removing reckless and dangerous play from our game. (Willis’ hit on Collaros is being reviewed today for discipline.) The fact that we did not respond adequately is not acceptable to me. I have made that very clear to our personnel today. We are reviewing our processes, protocols and rules to ensure this chain of events is not repeated.

 

October 26, 2018

Football Operations Series – Week 19 – Unnecessary Roughness

An explanation of unnecessary roughness from week 19 in the CFL.
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