Twenty days and two exhibition games – that’s the length of CFL training camps.
Teams go from around 85 or 90 players down to a 46-player active roster in a very short period of time.
Riders VP of football operations, GM and head coach Chris Jones admitted on Tuesday it’s tough to evaluate players based on eight or 10 snaps in a game situation.
This has been an age old challenge. I remember Ron Lancaster expressing the same concern to me in 1999, wishing there were at least three exhibition games.
The Canadian Football League and the players association should consider adding another pre-season game. The schedule could be worked out two years at a time, ensuring that all teams host three games and travel for three games in the two-year cycle.
That way, there is no controversy over which teams get “the gate.” This would give fans another opportunity to see teams in a game situation and give GM’s and coaches a better opportunity to see players in a game setting.
The end result would be a better product.