TORONTO - The full impact of the CFL’s decision to review pass interference calls won’t be felt until meaningful games are played, when wins and losses matter, when a reversal leads to momentum shifting and the outcome decided.
In Monday’s pre-season opener in Winnipeg, the Argos became the first team to challenge a call, originally ruled as an incompletion when contact was clearly initiated.
In the aftermath of the Blue Bombers’ 24-22 loss, rookie Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea, a one-time assistant in Toronto, chose his words carefully, trying to bit his tongue on a subject that is sure to raise a new can of worms, especially down the road in the playoffs.
“They want to get it right,” began Argos head coach Scott Milanovich. “It’s going to take time to get used to because of the impact it can have on the game.”
In a pass-happy league such as the CFL, coaches will have to pick their spots when throwing a challenge flag to review pass interference.