March 1, 2012
CFL rules committee wants all scoring plays reviewed
By JIM BENDER, QMI Agency
CFL games are about to get longer.
The CFL rules committee will recommend to the board of governors that ALL scoring plays will be subject to review — touchdowns, field goals, converts, safety touches and singles. Converts and singles?
“Entering our seventh season using replay review and fourth season using the command centre, we feel it's a logical step to introduce an automatic review of all scoring plays,” Tom Higgins, CFL director of officiating, said in a release during the CFL Congress in Toronto on Thursday.
“Scoring plays have a great impact on the outcome of a game and putting in additional measures to ensure those calls are correct is prudent. When considering these types of changes, we also must consider the flow of the game and the duration of any challenge. For the vast majority of scoring plays, we believe that the replay official will confirm the scoring plays before the next play without a delay.”
Gee, wonder when Higgins figured out that scoring has “a great impact on the outcome of a game,” and has any review ever been done quickly?
The committee will also propose addressing the issue of the number of helmets that pop off during play. Specifically, if a ball carrier’s helmet comes off, the play will be blown dead immediately. If a non-ball carrier loses his lid, that player can no longer participate in the play. If he does, his team will be penalized 10 yards for illegal participation. If an opposing player hits one without a helmet, his team will be penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness. Both are good rules that will protect players.
“Every year we task our rules committee to discuss ways to improve our already great game,” said CFL commissioner Mark Cohon. “The safety of our players is paramount and we continue to challenge ourselves to find new ways within our rule book to make the game safer for our athletes.”
The board of governors are expected to vote on the proposed changes this spring.