No more stealing signals?

Edmonton Eskimos' Singor Mobley celebrates after defeating the B.C. Lions at B.C. Place in...

Edmonton Eskimos' Singor Mobley celebrates after defeating the B.C. Lions at B.C. Place in Vancouver, B.C. Edmonton Sun Photo by Darryl

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos want the CFL to take the next step forward in the high-tech communication world.

Acting upon a request from the Green and Gold, the league's head office is quietly working on the idea of having confidential wireless communication between a head coach and a quarterback on the field.

In a nutshell, the idea is to follow the NFL's lead of allowing a coach to talk through a headset to his quarterback on the field - via a radio frequency and a speaker in the quarterback's helmet.

"We would very much support that (idea)," said Rick LeLacheur, the Eskimos president and CEO.

"We wanted it looked at for a couple of years. So no one can steal signals."

The league's head office admits the idea is not on the front burner right now, but it could be discussed at the CFL congress later this month in Calgary.

"There is no real timeline in place for implementation," said Kevin McDonald, the CFL's director of operations.

"There is a possibility that we may do some further testing this spring."

Eskimos quarterback Stefan LeFors would love to see the wireless communication come to CFL games.

LeFors used the technology during his stint in the NFL earlier in his career.

"I think it is a great idea," said LeFors from Louisiana yesterday."It made the process (of sending in plays) so much easier."

As a rookie in the CFL last year, LeFors had to learn the game on the fly - adjusting to the 20-second play clock - while still having to understand Jacques Chapdelaine's play signals from the sidelines.

A speaker in his helmet would have been a huge advantage.

However, before the CFL can even begin to implement the technology, testing needs to be done to ensure a private radio frequency exists between the sidelines and the quarterback.

With every CFL game televised and on radio, there are several frequencies bouncing around the stadiums.

The last thing the league needs is a coach's last-second advice suddenly being transmitted onto a TSN broadcast feed.

SHORT YARDAGE

There is speculation that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers might be interested in Trevor Gaylor, who was cut by the Eskimos this week.

But if that speculation is true, the Bombers are going to need to deliver an impressive sales pitch to get Gaylor to come north for another CFL training camp. "Right now, I'm trying to find a living down here," Gaylor said from Florida yesterday."I don't really know if I'm ready to start over with a organization."

The lanky receiver - who has battled very inconsistent play over the last two seasons in Edmonton - was very surprised the Eskimos cut him. "It got kind of personal ... for me to get blamed for everything that went wrong," he said.

FINISH LINES

There is growing speculation in Green Bay about Taylor Inglis being given a chance to become the long snapper with the Packers. Inglis worked out for the Packers last year, but returned to the Eskimos organization when he wasn't offered a contract. Inglis is set to become a free agent on Feb. 16.


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