O'Leary: Rule changes put the focus on offence

Change, sometimes regardless of the scale of it, can be hard for people to accept.

We see that across the board in life, but if you’re a fan of the CFL, you see it through a specific lens. When you have a league that’s played its championship game 108 times, you’re bound to get attached to certain aspects of the game, the way it runs and the way it looks.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.cfl.ca/2022/04/28/oleary-rule-changes-put-the-focus-on-offence/

For fields that are used by University teams and by pro-teams, will there be issues with the hashmarks being in different locations? Will those fields have two sets of hash marks?

The games are already high scoring. This is not basketball. the CFL has consistently diminished the ability of the defense, which should be half of the game and not an afterthought. I am all for rule changes that enhance the game or make it safer, but continuously ramping up the offensive play leads to an unbalanced and eventually unwatchable game.

Some early results on offense numbers:

In short, scoring and yards gained are up a bit. Punting is down a bit. We'll see if this continues over the coming months or not.

Another update. Number of punts continues to be low compared to recent past seasons. Offense is up, though rushing yards is still lower compared to recent years. I think a lot of injuries to RBs is hurting there. I think Powell will be back of IR for the Redblacks this week. That could help balance their attack.