Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson during the game at TD Place stadium in Ottawa, ON. Friday, July 8, 2016. (Photo: Johany Jutras)

CFL expands use of coach-to-QB Communication System

Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson during the game at TD Place stadium in Ottawa, ON. Friday, July 8, 2016. (Photo: Johany Jutras)

#CFL looks to be ahead of the curve

The CFL often does thing differently than the NFL.

As explained by Scott Mitchell of the Calgary Herald, the CFL for the first time in 2016 allows the coach-to-quarterback communication system to operate to the snap, and beyond.

Calgary Stampeders coach Dave Dickenson called the change an “executive decision” of which he wasn’t aware until the season began. Dickenson also said that his team has not yet used the system during a play to tell the quarterback what to do with the ball in real time.

You can read the full story on the system with quotes from Coach Dickenson & QB Bo Levi Mitchell from Scott MItchell of the Calgary Herald here.

The system was also the topic of an article on Pro Football Talk here.

Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson during the game at TD Place stadium in Ottawa, ON. Friday, July 8, 2016. (Photo: Johany Jutras)

For the NFL, where the system cuts off 15 seconds before the snap, the question becomes whether it makes sense to allow a coach to continue speaking to the quarterback beyond that point, including during the live play.  It’s still too early to know whether it will be an improvement, but a very cool technology the CFL is using!

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