If I had to create a code of gridiron from scratch and someone told me to describe the scoring system.. it would include the rouge.
I'd tell them in this sport, there's a field of play, a goal line at either end upon which there are goals (consisting of uprights 18'6" wide and a cross bar 10" high) and goal areas (end zones) which extend beyond each goal line for 20 yards.
Scoring can be had by place or drop kick on the uprights or kicking of any sort into but not beyond the the goal area that results in a dead ball in goal.
But the main and most significant score would come by possessing the ball in the goal area. This would score you many points but give you the opportunity to score even more by another kick on the uprights or posession in the goal area.
If you likewise take the ball into your own goal area and it becomes dead. Well that's sort of an own goal and you'll give up some points there too but not as many as when you carry the ball into your opponents goal.
We would have the following:
1pt: kicked ball into but not in flight beyond the goal area that subsequently becomes dead in goal.. maybe the refs can wave a red flag around and we can call this a rouge..
2pt: Ball brought by your team into your own goal area that becomes dead in goal.. we can call this a safety since it's the safest thing to do sometimes..
3pt.. a "goal" scored by a kick from the "field" on the goal post assembly between the uprights and over the cross bar.. 2 centuries ago this sort of thing might have been the main and only goal of the game..
6pt: your posession in the opponents goal area.. but definitely not beyond it because that's just stupid.. we will say some old version of this sport required you to "touch" the ball "down" in goal but that's not necessary anymore.. we will keep the name anyhow.. touchdown..
Oh and since this touchdown used to get you a "try" to score a goal from a ball kicked from the field which was the original goal of the proto version of this complicated game... we will let you do that anyways but for less points...
Score another touchdown? 2 bonus points.. score another field goal? 1 bonus point..
In any case.. I think a skillful version of the rouge belongs in Canadian football forever.
It keeps the incentive for the return.. it just needs a tweak to make it a more intentional score reflective of modern kicking capabilities..
But you know.. knowing the people who do make the rule changes.. if the rouge is ever actually tweaked.. it won't be a simple, all encompassing change. It will end up being a series of very specific ever more complicated changes.
In the next 5 to 10 years we will probably see rouges eliminated on field goal attempts and for punts exiting the sidelines in goal but not the dead ball line or something like that.. dribbled balls or drop kicks will be forgotten and the rules will regard these as they've always been but no one will ever use them to score.
It will be a hot complicated mess instead of a simple elegant solution.