Play #120 – All scoring plays are automatically reviewed by the Command Centre. After review, the Replay Official ruled that WPG #88 (Bailey) used the ground to trap the ball and maintain possession. The ruling on the field is overturned.

No player has won both the #GreyCup MVP and Most Outstanding Canadian Awards previously. The MOC Award has been handed out since 1971.

#GreyCup trends to watch:
– The team with more Time of Possession has won 13 of the last 14 GC’s
– The team with a better 2nd down conversion % has won 8 of the last 10 and 19 of the last 23 GC’s
– Teams with the turnover advantage are 23-1 since 1988

Inactive players for today’s 107th Grey Cup presented by @Shaw_CFL
#Ticats REC #15 Marcus Tucker
#Bombers DB #22 Chandler Fenner

#GreyCup

Play #130 – All turnovers are automatically reviewed by the Command Centre. After review, it was determined by the Replay Official that the QB’s hand was moving forward with the ball, resulting in an incomplete pass. The ruling on the field is overturned. #GCPlayoffs

Play 56 – Winnipeg challenged the play believing that the Saskatchewan QB #7 (Fajardo) threw a forward pass from across the Line of Scrimmage. After review, the Replay Official determined there was no clear and obvious evidence that the QB’s back foot was beyond the LOS. (1/2)

Inactive players for today’s West Final:
#Riders REC Kenny Stafford
#Bombers DB Chandler Fenner

Trends to watch in the West Final:
– #Riders and #Bombers have met 14 times previously in the playoffs, series is split 7-7
– SSK is 5-0 after a bye week dating back to 2017
– Charleston Hughes led #CFL in sacks this season, Willie Jefferson led in pass knockdowns
#GCPlayoffs

That 26-yard reception takes #Ticats Brandon Banks to 100 receiving yards on the day, his first career 100+ receiving yard performance in the playoffs. Banks also has a receiving TD in all 3 games vs the #Esks this season. #GCPlayoffs

Play #114 – Edmonton challenged the play believing that their #82 (Ellingson) was interfered with by Hamilton #37 (Williams). After review, the Replay Official ruled there was contact by the Hamilton defender that materially impacted the receiver’s ability to play the ball. (1/2)

Play #10 – Hamilton challenged that Edmonton #29 (Walker) committed Defensive Pass Interference on their #86 (Addison). After review by the Replay Official, it was determined the defender made early contact on the receiver (1/2) #GCPlayoffs

Trends to watch in the East Final:
– 4 of the 7 teams to go undefeated at home lost a home Division Final, other 3 won Grey Cup
– When down at the half, #Ticats record was 4-1, #Esks were 1-9
– Both MLB’s (Larry Dean and Simoni Lawrence) are facing their former teams
#GCPlayoffs

Greg Quick will search the world for top football talent as the Canadian Football League’s very first Director, Global Scouting. twitter.com/CFL_PR/status/…

#Stampeders challenged that there was an Illegal Block Downfield by #Bombers #89 (Lawler) on their #8 (Amos). After review, the Replay Official ruled that there was no clear and obvious evidence that a foul had occurred. The ruling on the field stands. #GCPlayoffs

Play #31 – All turnovers are automatically reviewed by the Command Centre. After review, the Replay Official determined that there was no clear and obvious evidence that an incorrect call was made on the field. The ruling on the field stands. #GCPlayoffs

Inactive players for today’s West Semi-Final:

#Stampeders #38 Terry Williams
#Bombers #7 Lucky Whitehead

#GCPlayoffs

June 14, 2018

Football Operations Video Series – Pre-Season – Spearing

This video provides an example of a Spearing penalty
June 14, 2018

Football Operations Video Series – Pre-Season – Illegal Contact

On this play, we examine an example of Illegal Contact.
June 14, 2018

Football Operations Video Series – Pre-Season – Illegal Contact – Defensive Holding

This video explains differences between Illegal Contact – Defensive Holding and Defensive Pass Interference
June 14, 2018

Football Operations Video Series – Pre-Season – Low Block #1

In this video, we explain the Low Block rule which has been altered for the 2018 season.
June 14, 2018

Football Operations Video Series – Pre-Season – Blindside Block #2

This video provides another example of an illegal Blindside Block.
June 14, 2018

Football Operations Video Series – Pre-Season – Blindside Block #1

Here we provide an example of an illegal Blindside Block
June 14, 2018

Football Operations Video Series – Pre-Season – Roughing The Passer

This video explains the “Roughing The Passer – Spearing” penalty
June 14, 2018

Football Operations Video Series – Pre-Season – Intentional Grounding

In this clip, we explain Johnny Manziel’s intentional grounding penalty from the 2018 preseason.
May 23, 2018

CFL confirms rule changes proposed in March

Rule changes designed to improve player health and safety and eliminate illegal contact as a challengeable play will be in place when the Canadian Football League kicks off its regular season ...

TORONTO — Rule changes designed to improve player health and safety and eliminate illegal contact as a challengeable play will be in place when the Canadian Football League kicks off its regular season next month.

The league’s Board of Governors has now approved the changes which were first proposed by the CFL’s Rules Committee earlier this year.
“The governors have again emphasized the importance of player safety to our league, as well as the need to protect game flow on behalf of our fans,” said Darren Hackwood, the CFL’s Senior Director of Officiating.

 

Here is a summary of the changes to the CFL rule book:

• Illegal contact on a receiver can no longer be a play coaches can challenge (and send to video review).

• The replay official will automatically review “potential touchdowns” – plays marked down short of the line when it when it appears obvious a touchdown has been scored.

• It will be illegal for any player to deliver a forcible block on an opponent while moving back towards his own goal line, sometimes referred to as “blindside” block.

• Low blocks that occur outside of the “tackle box” – the area that extends from tight end to tight end and from the quarterback or kicker to two yards beyond the line of scrimmage – are outlawed.

• The definition of spearing is widened to include any situation where a player delivers a blow with his helmet as the initial or primary point of contact. (This does not apply to a low running ball carrier.)

• A loophole in the “sleeper” play rule is closed by making it illegal for a player who enters the game and remains outside the numbers to receive the ball in any manner, including a kick or lateral.

• What constitutes a quarterback making a legal pass behind the line of scrimmage is now defined as the passer having at least one of his feet on or behind the line of scrimmage instead of requiring that the release point of the ball be behind the line of scrimmage.

• The so-called “force out rule” is eliminated: a receiver catching a ball has to place at least one foot inbounds regardless of whether he was contacted in mid-air.

• The penalty for “pyramiding” – the practice of using another player to elevate one’s self to block a kick – is increased from five yards to ten yards.

• Allow the Replay Official to correct the game clock after a challenge to what the clock should read as a result of the challenge.

The Rules Committee, which includes several coaches and general managers as well as veteran official Al Bradbury and representatives of the Canadian Football Players Association, met in Winnipeg during Mark’s CFL Week last March.
The Board of Governors, which meets regularly throughout the year, includes the owners of privately held teams and the chairpersons of community-led teams.

April 12, 2018

CFL Scouting Bureau: 2018 Spring edition

National conference call with Mark Chapman, Dakoda Shepley and Mark Korte; Bowling Green offensive lineman Ryan Hunter rises to the top spot in the CFL Scouting Bureau rankings.

The Canadian Football League (CFL) Scouting Bureau today published its third and final edition of the top-20 ranked prospects eligible for the 2018 CFL Draft.

SCOUTING BUREAU RANKINGS CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS: 

What: Teleconference with top prospects for the 2018 CFL Draft
When: Thursday, April 12, 2018
2:00 p.m. ET
Call-In Number:  1-800-898-3989 / 416-406-0743
Passcode: 3585954#

On the Call:

  • Mark Chapman (#2, REC, Central Michigan) – highest-rated skilled position player and jumped eight spots from the winter scouting bureau.
  • Dakoda Shepley (#3, OL, University of British Columbia) – highest-rated U SPORTS player.
  • Mark Korte (#6, OL, Alberta) – Jumped six spots from the winter scouting bureau.
SPRING SCOUTING BUREAU RANKINGS
Rank Name Position School Hometown
1 (3) Ryan Hunter OL Bowling Green North Bay, ON
2 (10) Mark Chapman REC Central Michigan Port Huron, Michigan
3 (11) Dakoda Shepley OL UBC Windsor, ON
4 (2) Trey Rutherford OL Connecticut Markham, ON
5 (1) David Knevel OL Nebraska Brantford, ON
6 (12) Mark Korte OL Alberta Spruce Grove, AB
7 (4) Peter Godber OL Rice Toronto, ON
8 (5) Julien Laurent DL Georgia State Toronto, ON
9 (7) Rashaun Simonise REC Okanagan (CJFL) Vancouver, BC
10 (6) Godfrey Onyeka DB Laurier Brampton, ON
11 (13) Jackson Bennett DB Ottawa Cumberland, ON
12 (15) Andrew Pickett OL Guelph Kitchener, ON
13 (18) Ryan Sceviour OL Calgary Calgary, AB
14 (9) Darius Ciraco OL Calgary Burlington, ON
15 (8) Régis Cibasu REC Montreal Kinshasa, Congo
16 (-) Bo Banner DL Central Washington Bellingham, WA
17 (-) Daniel Petermann REC McMaster Stoney Creek, ON
18 (-) David Mackie RB Western Jackson’s Point, ON
19 (-) Micah Teitz LB Calgary Calgary, AB
20 (-) Isaiah Guzylak-Messam DB Laurier Hamilton, ON

TOP 5 PROSPECTS

Bowling Green Falcons offensive lineman Ryan Hunter overtook David Knevel for the number one spot in the final rankings. Hunter started all 12 games for the Falcons at left tackle that protected a true freshman quarterback Jarret Doege, who posted one of the greatest seasons in program history for a true freshman. The North Bay native was a Mid American Conference (MAC) Distinguished Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-MAC in his final season.

Central Michigan receiver Mark Chapman rose from tenth to second in the final rankings after showing a very strong National Combine in Winnipeg earlier this year. He led the Chippewas in both receptions (54) and receiving yards (805) and had five majors during the 2017 season which saw him earn third-team All-MAC honours. He’s the highest rated skilled position player in the rankings and one of four receivers in the top-20.

University of British Columbia offensive lineman and Windsor native Dakoda Shepley rose eight spots to the third position in the rankings. At the National Combine Shepley displayed his strength when he recorded 27 reps of 225 lbs. – the most of all the combine participants. He also posted the fastest 40-yard time of all offensive lineman at the combine with a time of 5.27 seconds. Shepley was also named a Canada West All-Star in 2017 for the Thunderbirds

Offensive lineman Trey Rutherford from University of Connecticut drops two spots to fourth in the rankings. The Connecticut Husky started in all 12 games in 2017 on the offensive line, and has experience as a fullback during the 2015 season. The Markham native helped UConn’s offence rush for 200 yards in seven separate games.

Brantford native David Knevel remained rounds out the top-5. The 6”9 senior at Nebraska showed the ability to play both guard and tackle during his senior year and helped Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee eclipse 3,000 yards passing. During his tenure Knevel appeared in 31 games for the Cornhuskers, including eight in 2017.

BY THE NUMBERS

The rankings include: nine offensive linemen, four receivers, three defensive backs, two defensive linemen, a linebacker and a running back.

A total of 16 schools are represented on the list, with only two schools (Calgary and Laurier) having multiple players on the list. Nine U SPORTS schools and seven NCAA schools are represented in the rankings.

2017 CFL Draft first overall selection Faith Ekakitie was ranked 5th on the 2017 Spring Scouting Bureau.

Last year’s spring rankings saw 19 of 20 prospects selected in the CFL Draft, with six being selected in the first round.

September Rankings
December Rankings

The CFL Scouting Bureau releases its rankings three times each year: in September, December and April. The CFL’s Scouting Bureau is comprised of CFL scouts, player personnel directors and general managers from the league’s nine teams.

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