[b]CFL SURVIVAL PLAN[/b] by Herb Zurkowsky
Here's one man's thoughts on how the CFL can survive what's perceived as an NFL invasion into the southern Ontario market. Please feel free to comment:
Make the CFL less like a poor copy of the NFL by opening up the running game and giving mobile quarterbacks room to perform:
Move the hashmarks back where they used to be (15 yards from sidelines rather than 22 yards)
Reverse the rule that allows blocking with hands (introduced around 1975, about the same time as the hashmarks were moved closer to the centre)
(These rules were copied from the NFL in order to make the CFL more like the NFL, ostensibly to favour the passing game.)
which would result in
A. more room to run the ball on the long side, i.e., to the outside
B. use of rollout passing schemes rather than pocket
C. linemen who are fast enough to pull and lead block to the outside, as well as trap and run mobile blocks on rollout pass plays
D. quarterbacks who are more athletic and able to run as well as pass
E. use of an extra running back for more variety and deception in the running game (fakes, reverses, etc.), as well as pass blocking.
*NB for extra speed of execution the RBs would line up 3-4 yards behind scrimmage rather than 7-10 yards as they do now.
Result: the game assumes more the character of the golden age (50s and 60s), more dynamic, fluid, less like the NFL.
I thought this was an interesting take from Herb's blog...go back to the 50's with Winged-T or Flying Wheel formations featuring 3 running backs? From watching old films from that era I know these formations put alot of pressure on the defence, coupled with frequent double-reverses they had no idea which way they were going to run... :thup: