well, they basically said that they were picking an OT. Not sure if that was intentional, a slip or a "slip" to throw people off...but yes, agreed that it makes sense that it would be their pick. All of that said, I am sure they would love to nab up Addison Richards. If I had to bet, I would bet they pick up OL in the 1st round and maybe a LB in the 4rd.
Personally, I am undecided on how I feel about the no contact rule you allude to. It sounds like a crap-load of flags in waiting and it really depends how harshly they enforce it. If they start flagging for a feathering on the back when there was clearly no impeding I will be pretty disappointed...and that pretty much sounds like where it is heading. There is just too much stacked against the secondary now.
The 32 yard convert is a joke, aimed only to get flashy returns, which will fatigue players and open doors for more injuries. Funny that the NFL has figured out that as flashy as returns are they are where a lot of head and other serious injuries happen and you basically don't see KO returns any more because of rule changes, yet the CFL is attempting to increase the number. There are so many things that are stupid about that rule change and really a couple positive.
The no release until kick thing...sure...that will help lol
How many hogs do you see being the first down field now? Heading down field early just sounds like yet another opportunity for a flag to me.
So what have they done...
the punt changes should cause more flags. There might be a few less 5 yard no-yarders, but those really have never slowed down the game...they are generally processed really fast
Created a situation that will cause a tremendous amount of penalties on passing plays, at minimum for half the season.
Implemented "tempo" offense, which is simply going to cause a defender to "take a knee" more often.
Buckle in for 4 hours games.