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Off-Season Questions

Risky Picking?

Should the Redblacks draft a free agent QB?
Of most interest and significance for fans in Ottawa this off-season is who the Redblacks will settle on as franchise quarterback. Perhaps his best option at landing his first choice at QB, the expansion draft also poses problems for general manager Marcel Desjardins. Should the Redblacks select pending free agents in the expansion draft? More...

Keep The Party Going

How do the Roughriders stay on top in 2014?
2013 was a dream season for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, winning the 101st Grey Cup in front of hometown fans. Can it be repeated? How do the Roughriders stay on top for 2014? More...

Another Shot?

Should the Tiger-Cats re-sign Burris?
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have a decision to make on Henry Burris, a pending free agent. Does Kent Austin think Burris can lead the Ticats to a Grey Cup win with a few roster tinkers at other positions, or is he better off cutting his loses and building toward a championship with someone younger at QB? More...

Three-Headed Monster

How should the Stampeders handle their quarterback situation?
Quarterback depth is a good thing, especially in the CFL. But when there is no clear cut pecking order on the QB depth chart, confusion can ensue. How should the Stampeders handle their quarterback situation for 2014? More...

In Return

Can the Argonauts get something for QB Collaros?
The Toronto Argonauts appear destined to lose Zach Collaros this winter; not exactly breaking news. Whether it happens in the Expansion Draft in mid-December or a couple months later in free agency, Collaros is likely to leave Toronto for a starting opportunity in 2014. But can the Argos be proactive and get something for their promising backup QB? More...

Sticking Around

How can the Lions keep pace in the West Division?
2011 was a great year for the BC Lions. That was two years ago however, and things have been getting increasingly worrisome on the West Coast ever since. Do the Lions need a shakeup this off-season to keep pace in the West Division? More...

Big Shoes To Fill

Can Smith replace Calvillo at quarterback for Alouettes?
Montreal Alouettes QB Anthony Calvillo has said he's leaning towards retirement after concussion troubles likely capped a brilliant 20-year career as the league's all-time leading passer. Is Troy Smith the guy to replace Calvillo in Montreal? More...

Accompanying Pieces

How do the Eskimos best complement QB Reilly?
The Edmonton Eskimos are no doubt staring at a rebuild in the coming months, but 2013 wasn’t a total waste. From their tough season emerged what appears to be their answer at QB in Mike Reilly. How do the Eskimos best compliment Reilly for 2014 and beyond? More...

Pre-Emptive Moves

Should the Bombers look to trade prior to the expansion draft?
A lot of time and effort has been spent this season wondering who the Ottawa Redblacks will take in the expansion draft. Perhaps the question should have been who will the Winnipeg Blue Bombers swoop in and acquire via trade before players are made available for the Redblacks to take in the expansion draft? More...

Hot Topic Questions

Worth the Gamble?

Would JaMarcus Russell be a successful CFL QB?
He has a cannon for an arm, three years (albeit shaky) experience in the NFL, and a new strong work ethic and desire to resurrect his once promising career. The Rouge asks: Would JaMarcus Russell be a successful quarterback in the CFL? More...

Good or Bad?

Is Trestman's hire by the Bears good for the CFL?
In the 1970's, Marv Levy was the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes before leaving for the Kansas City Chiefs and then the Buffalo Bills. Almost 40 years later, Trestman's move south raises the same question we ask every time CFL talent leaves for the NFL: is it a good thing for the three-down league? More...

Fond Farewell

What's your lasting memory of Canad Inns Stadium?
One week after the Tiger-Cats and their fans closed down an iconic CFL venue in Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium, it's the Winnipeg Blue Bombers turn to say goodbye to their old stomping grounds, Canad Inns Stadium. The Rouge asks: What's your favourite memory of Canad Inns Stadium? More...


What's your favourite memory of Ivor Wynne?
Ivor Wynne Stadium has housed a lot of memories since it was constructed as Civic Stadium back in 1928 for the British Empire Games. In 2012, fans said goodbye to the iconic structure, but not without first sharing some memories. The Rouge asks: What is your fondest memory of Ivor Wynne Stadium? More...

Country Wide?

Should the CFL switch to a one-division format?
Every CFL fan knows the crossover, while not exactly common, is far from a rare occurrence. It's a rule implemented with the goal of getting the best six teams into the post-season, but even still, that doesn't always work out. The Rouge asks: Should the CFL switch to a one-division format? More...

Scoring Large

Is Ticats' Williams among best scoring threats?
Tiger-Cats wide receiver Chris Williams broke the all-time single season record for return TDs in 2012. He is just two seasons into what Ticats fans surely hope is a long CFL career but it's yet to be seen if the 24-year-old will have the longevity to see his career scoring numbers equal those of Milt Stegall, George Reed, or Mike Pringle. So The Rouge asks: Where does Chris Williams rank among all-time scoring threats in the CFL? More...

Worthy of Canton?

Should Calvillo be considered for Canton?
It's generally accepted among football fans that great CFL players head to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame while the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is reserved for NFLers. But should a player - a great CFLer - deserve consideration for induction into Canton? The Rouge asks you if Anthony Calvillo is just such a candidate. More...

Best Ever?

Where does Simon rank among the all-time greats?
Geroy Simon made history early in the 2012 season, surpassing Milt Stegall as the all-time leader in receiving yards in the CFL. With that, The Rouge asks: Where does Geroy Simon rank among the greatest CFL receivers of all time? More...

Question Of When

Should the CFL make changes to the Draft rules?
Before we dived into regular season storylines, we first tackled an off-season issue, specifically the "futures pick" rule. It's true, drafting a player returning to school presents the danger of never seeing that player. And changing the draft rule would reduce the dangers for drafting teams; it would also eradicate a lot of draft day strategy. More...

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