The tweets were coming fast and furious during the first minute of Saturday’s Rider game against the Stampeders.
The contest was moving along at a snail’s pace with three early coach’s challenges – two on the same play. The action came to a grinding halt.
It’s time for the rules committee, general managers and, for that matter, new commissioner Randy Ambrosie to intervene.
Going forward coaches should only be able challenge the following:
- Interference calls – offensive and defensive – on passes only thrown towards a receiver in the end zone
- Whether a foot of a ball carrier was in, or out, of bounds.
Other than that, coaches should have to live with the calls made by the six trained and talented officials on the field.
Every other pro sport is looking at ways to speed up games. Challenges are slowing down the pace of play in the CFL.
The last thing the Canadian Football League needs, in stadium or on TV, is images of officials consulting with the command centre about infractions that have no bearing on a play.