The Calgary Stampeders not only lead the league in impact free-agent signings this winter, they also lead the loop in technology.
When re-hired by the club to be GM, Jim Barker brought with him a computerized scouting system called Football Scouts Inc. that was developed by former XFL colleague Al Luginbill.
The software allows Barker to seek out any player with any level of pro football over the last four years.
Among other things, the system allows Barker to type in a position the coaching staff is looking to fill and the weight, age or experience parameters they want the player to have. Up will come all the available players complete with their injury and playing history, stats, status, agent's name and number. Perhaps most importantly, all 7,000 in the database have scouting reports from coaches who award a standardized rating now used by the Stamps staff.
"It eliminates the need for scouting and helps expedite the process of finding what coach Tom Higgins wants," said Barker, who hasn't replaced fired personnel reps Don Sutherin, David Williams and James West.
"We were going to hire scouts but I'm just not sure it's necessary now. Especially in a league with limited resources like the CFL, it's impossible to have enough scouts to do what a system like this can."
Every team in the NFL uses the FSI technology but no other CFL club has yet to tap into the computerized package, which costs $25,000 US.
"I think it's a matter of time before every CFL team has it," said Barker.
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