CFL playbook terminology is by all accounts less arduous than American playbooks (college and pro), especially re the Walsh wing of the West Coast. If one gets that spread offenses following the Gillman-Coryell-Zampese wing of the West Coast system are number-based in terminology re routes, it just depends on the other lingo as to the complexity/learning curve. If Bruce is given a specific slot to play in all game, he might just have to listen for his number in the playcall to get the route as in Toronto.
CFL playbooks can be phonebook-sized like Taaffe's was, the issue is whether the unit is on the same page and can dial up the correct play and execute it.
As for freelancing, I suspect it happens more in the CFL than in the NFL. Watching Walsh or Norv Turner run an offensive practice is a sight -- one yard off in one's route depth and you might as well be prepared to be dug into the ground on the spot. LOL CFL? I have never seen as control-freakish a spectacle as that at practices.
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