Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson is in favour of a tweak to the CFL’s rouge rule.
When commissioner Randy Ambrosie made across Canada as part of Randy’s Road Trip he said the league’s innovation committee was looking into possibly making a change to how rouges are rewarded.
“I’ve been in Canada a long time, I didn’t get it when I first got to the league. I know it’s a rugby rule and I know it’s been around a long time. I’m not a big fan of giving people points for failure, but I’m not even sure where I’m at with the whole kick in the end zone,” Dickenson said on 770 CHQR radio in Calgary.
Ambrosie felt there was support from fans around the country for nullifying the point given when a field goal is missed and the ball sails through the end zone without touching the ground. That doesn’t mean the rouge would be done away with, it just wouldn’t be handed out in that situation.
“I have to admit I just play by the rules, it does affect you, we practice certain situations. I remember actually when I played here, if we got down inside the 10, and the game was tied, and we were going for the field goal, we turned our formation to go out the side of the end zone so that we wouldn’t hit the upright,” Dickenson said.
“I honestly don’t like that. I haven’t put it in myself because I just don’t feel like that’s the way you play football. But, hey, if it was a playoff game, Grey Cup, and it was one point wins it, I’m kicking it out the back and taking my ring.”
The CFL’s innovation committee would have to discuss and agree to amending the rouge rule. Stamps’ general manager John Hufnagel is on the committee and Hufnagel asked Dickenson’s opinion.
“I know everybody loves scoring and it does change scoring, it gets a few odd numbers in there and also sometimes it can get you within one possession,” Dickenson said.
“Personally, I like the idea to tweak it a little bit.”