At the risk of broaching a subject that may have already been dealt with ad nauseum in the past, I would like to consider a 4-down CFL.
There has been much talk on recent posts about the Als' O, the pass-first philosophy, a balanced attack...etc. To my mind, when a running play only gets about 2 yards on 1st down, there aren't a whole lot of options left to CFL QBs or head coaches for 2nd-and-long. A pass is nearly always the preferred option. Conversely, when a 1st down gains 6 or more yeards, then the playbook opens up to the QB and the proverbial "balanced attack" can be realized.
One criticism of the NFL has been the smash-mouth, "run it down their throats" approach on 1st and even 2nd down. To some, this is rather dull, but is also effective football. To my mind, the key to success for the O team is to make gains and manage the clock. Keeping the opposing D off the field gives you greater chance for success.
To this end, I think the CFL could be better served by a 4-down approach. All teams could develop a more effective running game and create better balance to their offensive schemes.
What say you?