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    Canada CFL Offseason 2018/19

    The free agent list is ginormous.

    Here’s the link.
    http://www.cfl.ca/fa19/

    I’m too lazy to type it out...but if someone else wants to type it up & make it a pinned post, I will keep it updated with pretty colours & everything....

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    The Ottawa Redblacks have suspended Greg Ellingson from team activities after the American receiver was charged with failing to provide a breath sample at a roadside screening on Friday morning.

    The team issued a statement on Saturday morning.

    http://3downnation.com/2018/12/01/re...breath-sample/
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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugoagogo View Post
    The Ottawa Redblacks have suspended Greg Ellingson from team activities after the American receiver was charged with failing to provide a breath sample at a roadside screening on Friday morning.

    The team issued a statement on Saturday morning.

    http://3downnation.com/2018/12/01/re...breath-sample/
    He played like he was drunk at the Grey Cup.
    Second play of the game was a perfect pass to his hands which he uncharacteristically drops. I had a bad feeling then and there. Clearly Ottawa didn't have their mojo going, and you weren't going to beat Calgary with a mediocre effort. That drop really shattered the aura Ottawa had from the previous week where Harris passed at over 90% and moved the ball at will. Ellingston went on to drop more passes that game or have Harris over/under throw him a couple times.

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    Ugh. Why did he decide to drive?!?!

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Smartie123 View Post
    Ugh. Why did he decide to drive?!?!
    Same reason Hughes did prob....

    Deserves whatever he has coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmbuk View Post
    Same reason Hughes did prob....

    Deserves whatever he has coming!
    The way things are looking Ottawa could possibly be down two starters for the opening game, if Rose re-ups with them. Maybe the league coddles them and splits the suspensions because you have to figure it will be at least one game for both.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19





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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19


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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    ....and sorry if I confused everyone. I thought the other offseason thread was specific to the Eskimos & there’s usually an “all CFL” one....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smartie123 View Post
    ....and sorry if I confused everyone. I thought the other offseason thread was specific to the Eskimos & there’s usually an “all CFL” one....
    I think that's the way it's always been. Many like to just focus on Esks discussion, so having the two separate threads is probably the best way to go.
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    Obviously we will see some signings by all clubs before February to reduce the numbers, but the jump in free agents is significant.
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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Confirmed. Congrats to Orlando.


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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugoagogo View Post
    Confirmed. Congrats to Orlando.


    That could work out pretty darned well...
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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugoagogo View Post
    Confirmed. Congrats to Orlando.


    The big question.... does he get to wear the Head Coach puka shell necklace now?
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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    With all the interest in O.S. now with the head coaching openings I imagine the Tabbies had to finally make it official. He left a good job at Fresno St. to come back last year so he likely was promised the Hamilton HC job eventually, plus also rumors his family like it in S. Ontario.

    Noticing Austin is still on the books for Hamilton and if there will be some creative bookkeeping to circumvent the cap on CFL mgt. Some teams could be adding assistants to the President and chief Executive officers titles if they have deep enough pockets.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugoagogo View Post

    It's an interesting set of circumstances, and I applaud LaPo's instincts in recognizing that they aren't a fit for him. Guys only have so many chances to make that jump to HC, and if you burn them in the wrong places/situations, it's going to colour you for future consideration.

    Chamblin would seem to be a more logical fit in terms of some familiarity with the inherited staff. I think he's credible enough for the football side, and marketable from the business side of things, and he represents a tie to the 2017 GC success and brings some HC success in his resume. With him, it's a question of how bad does he want it, as it would mean foregoing some other business ventures he has ongoing in the US.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugoagogo View Post

    3 Down Nation reporting that the Argos have received permission to interview Calgary QB coach, Ryan Dinwiddie for their OC job. Looks like Popp wants to pick a staff before the head coach is chosen. No wonder Lapo backed out. Maybe Popp anoints himself HC, might be a bit of a stretch though.

    Interesting that the Argos are looking for an OC because Tommy Condell is still listed as their OC.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Maas_12 View Post
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    Congrats to former #Eskimos WR coach @coachdj_wra who moves up in the coaching ranks as Lane Kiffin’s new WR coach with @fau_football. Good things happen to good people. Enjoy being back home coach!
    I had heard very good things about Coach McCarthy from people in the organization - nice man, good coach, high character. Was a little confused when he wasn't being brought back, as I thought he was a dark horse candidate for the OC role if they were promoting from within, but likely had this lined up. Wish him nothing but the best being back close to home and family.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugoagogo View Post
    I think because he left on his own accord, he forfeits the pay and that wipes out any hit against the Ops cap.
    I'm not convinced that this is a "on his own accord". It specifies that he had a contract and didn't want to take a pay-cut. That doesn't void the contract, and management contracts are typically guaranteed. My guess is that there was a settlement reached for his departure, and yes, that would/should count against the cap to my understanding.

    I think there needs to be some serious revisiting of the Football Ops cap. 1) I don't believe it is reasonable to put it in without enough warning that teams can make necessary movements to comply with it within the construct of pre-existing deals. 2) It includes too broad a scope. Equipment guys and assistants are included in the football ops department, and they are effected directly. Lots of long-term guys around the league that do their jobs well and give players what they need to be successful will be hit... quietly perhaps, but know it is happening.

    I am all for some semblance of salary control to keep a level playing field in terms of coaches, GMs, scouts etc and to keep things from escalating out of control. The Trestman and Jones deals rumoured to be up around $700k are nearly double what some established HCs were making not long ago. I notice though, that this was voted in by the Corporate side (Governors) and that there is no cap or control on that side of things. The Football Ops has a direct effect on the quality of talent and product, and perhaps an indirect effect on things like player safety by ensuring equipment is to the degree it needs to and proper coaching is in place.

    Quote Originally Posted by turftoe27 View Post
    3 Down Nation reporting that the Argos have received permission to interview Calgary QB coach, Ryan Dinwiddie for their OC job. Looks like Popp wants to pick a staff before the head coach is chosen. No wonder Lapo backed out. Maybe Popp anoints himself HC, might be a bit of a stretch though.

    Interesting that the Argos are looking for an OC because Tommy Condell is still listed as their OC.
    Coaching contracts will typically run to the end of Dec. It is fairly rare that they go beyond one-year for most assistants, and was part of what made Jones unusual in asking for 2-year deals for his guys to show loyalty... loyalty that has generally been returned. It could be that Condell is listed but on an expiring deal.

    It is surprising that they'd be reviewing assistants prior to picking a HC, but perhaps it's an indication that their HC preference has a preference/tie to Dinwiddie?

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Hearing that Bo Levi Mitchell has a workout with the Minnesota Vikings tomorrow.




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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugoagogo View Post
    Hearing that Bo Levi Mitchell has a workout with the Minnesota Vikings tomorrow.




    BLM corner route to Zylstra.... dang...

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    The league announces their all-star team - Duke Williams is the only Eskimo to make the list.

    https://www.cfl.ca/2018/12/04/stars-...tars-unveiled/


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    TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) unveiled the 2018 CFL All-Stars on Tuesday.

    The All-Stars were selected by the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and the league’s head coaches.

    This is the 56th year in which the CFL has named an All-Star team in recognition of the season’s best performers.

    In total, 59 voters selected 27 All-Stars.

    TEAM BREAKDOWN

    5 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers, BC Lions and Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    4 – Saskatchewan Roughriders, Ottawa REDBLACKS
    3 – Calgary Stampeders
    1 – Edmonton Eskimos
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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugoagogo View Post
    The league announces their all-star team - Duke Williams is the only Eskimo to make the list.

    https://www.cfl.ca/2018/12/04/stars-...tars-unveiled/


    CFL.CA STAFF
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    TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) unveiled the 2018 CFL All-Stars on Tuesday.

    The All-Stars were selected by the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and the league’s head coaches.

    This is the 56th year in which the CFL has named an All-Star team in recognition of the season’s best performers.

    In total, 59 voters selected 27 All-Stars.

    TEAM BREAKDOWN

    5 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers, BC Lions and Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    4 – Saskatchewan Roughriders, Ottawa REDBLACKS
    3 – Calgary Stampeders
    1 – Edmonton Eskimos
    Not sure why Bo get the nod over Reilly. Sure the Stamps won more games but that is on the team, not just the QB

    Reilly passed for more yards, had a better completion rate and a better efficiency rating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bobby View Post
    Not sure why Bo get the nod over Reilly. Sure the Stamps won more games but that is on the team, not just the QB

    Reilly passed for more yards, had a better completion rate and a better efficiency rating.
    But he's an Eskimo... If they don't care about the head shots they sure as f*ck aren't going to say he's the All Star for the League let alone the West. He won the west and overall QB spot last season, and the western spot in 2014, otherwise it seems to be the Bobo show since 2015. Mike has been named Western All Star twice and League All once since 2014. Bobo has 3 times in the West with 2 times being League All Star.

    Since 2008 (figured 10 years back is an ok sample) it's been...
    Bobo - 3x West 2x League
    Mike - 2x West 1x League
    Durant - 2x West
    Lulay - 2x West 1x League
    Burris - 2x West 2x League (Once with Stumps. Once with Redblacks)

    Ray's been League All Star twice and Calvillo 3x.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boydo View Post
    But he's an Eskimo... If they don't care about the head shots they sure as f*ck aren't going to say he's the All Star for the League let alone the West. He won the west and overall QB spot last season, and the western spot in 2014, otherwise it seems to be the Bobo show since 2015. Mike has been named Western All Star twice and League All once since 2014. Bobo has 3 times in the West with 2 times being League All Star.

    Since 2008 (figured 10 years back is an ok sample) it's been...
    Bobo - 3x West 2x League
    Mike - 2x West 1x League
    Durant - 2x West
    Lulay - 2x West 1x League
    Burris - 2x West 2x League (Once with Stumps. Once with Redblacks)

    Ray's been League All Star twice and Calvillo 3x.
    Would one of those be east then Or does that mean he was west twice but only won once and won again later representing the east. I'm just asking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bone View Post
    Would one of those be east then Or does that mean he was west twice but only won once and won again later representing the east. I'm just asking.
    He won League All Star once as a Stump and once as a Redblack. Sorry for the confusion.
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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Arash tweeting that Claybrooks going to be announced as the new Lions HC later this week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56Parkies View Post
    Arash tweeting that Claybrooks going to be announced as the new Lions HC later this week.
    Much deserved if that's the case. And bonus if it makes Calgary weaker in any way

    - - - Updated - - -

    CFL and NFL related, but thought I'd post it here...

    Brandon Browner was just sentenced to 8 years in state prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder ... TMZ Sports has learned.

    The former Seattle Seahawks star -- an original member of the famed Legion of Boom defense -- was accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's apartment in La Verne, CA on July 8 and allegedly chased her, dragged her and then smothered her in a carpet.

    Her two children were present when the alleged abuse occurred.

    Browner was also accused of stealing the woman's Rolex watch. He fled the residence but was later arrested and charged with attempted murder and faced life in prison.

    On Tuesday, the 34-year-old appeared in court where he pled no contest to 1 count of attempted murder and 2 counts of willful child endangerment. In exchange, the remaining charges (robbery, burglary and false imprisonment) were dropped.

    Browner was immediately remanded into custody during the hearing and is back behind bars.

    Browner got credit for 300 days for good behavior during the time he's spent behind bars so far. He's been in custody since the arrest back in July.

    Browner is a former Pro Bowl cornerback. He won one Super Bowl with the Seahawks and one with the Patriots.

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    Re: CFL Offseason 2018/19

    Quote Originally Posted by 56Parkies View Post
    Arash tweeting that Claybrooks going to be announced as the new Lions HC later this week.
    He hasn't even interviewed yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel View Post
    He hasn't even interviewed yet
    Are you gregors source??

    Just saw his tweet about claybrooks and U posted that info here hours before any socials posted anything! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatWhiteNorth View Post
    It's an interesting set of circumstances, and I applaud LaPo's instincts in recognizing that they aren't a fit for him. Guys only have so many chances to make that jump to HC, and if you burn them in the wrong places/situations, it's going to colour you for future consideration.

    Chamblin would seem to be a more logical fit in terms of some familiarity with the inherited staff. I think he's credible enough for the football side, and marketable from the business side of things, and he represents a tie to the 2017 GC success and brings some HC success in his resume. With him, it's a question of how bad does he want it, as it would mean foregoing some other business ventures he has ongoing in the US.
    Poison chalice.
    No coach is going to want to put themselves in a situation as hc and not have full scope on staff.. knowing he has to keep prob his dc and maybe Oc.. at minimum is always a tough stay..
    U gotta be really into being a hc at any cost to take that job...

    If a coach cant bring in his own staff then he’s in trouble.. because ultimately the record is still his to carry..

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