2012 CFL season

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2012 CFL season
Regular season
DurationJune 29 – November 3, 2012
Playoffs
Start dateNovember 11, 2012
East Champions Toronto Argonauts 2012-11-18
West Champions Calgary Stampeders 2012-11-18
100th Grey Cup
DateNovember 25, 2012
Site Rogers Centre, Toronto
ChampionsToronto Argonauts
  2011 CFL seasons 2013  

The 2012 Canadian Football League season was the 59th season of modern Canadian professional football. Officially, it was the 55th season for the league. The pre-season began on June 13, 2012 and the regular season started on June 29, 2012. [1] Rogers Centre in Toronto hosted the 100th Grey Cup on November 25, with the hometown Toronto Argonauts defeating the Calgary Stampeders 35-22.

Contents

CFL news in 2012

Salary cap

According to the new collective bargaining agreement, the 2012 salary cap will be set at $4,350,000. As per the agreement, the cap is fixed and will not vary with league revenue performance. The minimum team salary will be set at $4,000,000 with individual minimum salaries set at $44,000. [2]

Season schedule

The 2012 season schedule was released on February 18, 2012, with the regular season opening on June 29 at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario. [3] This marked the first time Hamilton has opened the year since 2009. Additionally, the league returned to division match-ups in the final week of the regular season, which was also last seen in 2009. Following an interruption in the Labour Day Classic in 2011 between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the two teams resumed their historic series in 2012. There were 15 double headers this year, with four on Fridays, eight on Saturdays, one on Sundays, and two (the traditional Labour Day and Thanksgiving contests) on Mondays.

The BC Lions opened their regular season schedule at the newly refurbished BC Place Stadium and spent their first full season there after splitting time between that stadium and Empire Field in 2011. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers spent the first four weeks of the regular season on the road as their home opener at the brand new Investors Group Field was to take place in week 5; however, construction delays pushed back the opening of the new stadium to 2013, forcing the Blue Bombers to continue playing at Canad Inns Stadium during the season. [4] [5] The Tiger-Cats played—and won—their final regular season home game at Ivor Wynne Stadium on October 27 as the stadium was demolished following the 2012 season. [6] Unlike the previous two seasons, there was no game played in Moncton, New Brunswick as part of the Touchdown Atlantic promotion, due to the league wanting to focus on plans for the 100th Grey Cup festival. [7]

Bye weeks

This year's bye weeks occurred in the sixth and seventh weeks of the season, earlier than the usual eighth and ninth week setup that has been in place since 2007. This was likely done to accommodate the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the television coverage they demanded, which took place over these two weeks. [8]

Uniform changes

According to an email, Reebok and the CFL were in the process of designing new home and away uniforms for each of the eight teams for 2012. [9] On April 11, 2012, it was officially announced that all eight teams would be playing in re-engineered jerseys that feature increased elasticity, improved resiliency and moisture wicking technology. [10] East Division teams released their jersey designs on May 1, while West Division teams unveiled their new jerseys on May 2. [11]

Rule changes

On April 18, 2012 the CFL announced that they had unanimously approved a rule change that will see all scoring plays subject to video review. All touchdowns would be reviewed by the referees, without a team having to use its challenge flag. Due to a surprising number of incidents related to players helmets falling off during play in the 2011 CFL season, the league decided to change its rules to address this issue. Now if a ball carrier's helmet comes off the play will be blown dead immediately. If a non-ball carrier's helmet comes off that player can no longer participate in the play. If he does, the player's team will be penalized 10 yards for illegal participation. If a player hits an opposing player who isn't participating because he lost his helmet, the offending player's team will be penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness. [12]

100th Grey Cup

Toronto was the site of the 100th Grey Cup as it was also host of the very first game and host of the 50th Grey Cup as well. As part of the celebration, the Grey Cup festival stretched over nine days as opposed to the usual three. [13] The Government of Canada will also contribute $5 million towards the event in celebration of a Canadian tradition. [14]

Records and milestones

Off-season

Coaching changes

The 2012 off-season saw significant changes in key personal across the league. After winning the 99th Grey Cup, the then head coach of the BC Lions, Wally Buono, resigned from being the head coach so he could focus on his duties as general manager. The Lions promoted Mike Benevides, who was the defensive coordinator for four seasons, to head coach. After an 8-10 season, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats fired head coach Marcel Bellefeuille and hired George Cortez who has had extensive coaching experience with many different CFL teams. Following a very disappointing 2011 season, the Saskatchewan Roughriders hired Corey Chamblin as their new head coach. Finally, the Toronto Argonauts hired Scott Milanovich who had been the offensive coordinator of the Montreal Alouettes for four seasons, to replace Jim Barker who, like Wally Buono, resigned from being the head coach to focus on being general manager.

Regular season

Structure

Teams play eighteen regular season games, playing two of the three divisional opponents three times, the other four times, and teams from the opposing division twice. Teams are awarded two points for a win and one point for a tie. The top three teams in each division qualify for the playoffs, with the first place team gaining a bye to the divisional finals. A fourth place team in one division may qualify ahead of the third place team in the other division (the "Crossover"), if they earn more points in the season. Such was the case in the 2012 season; Edmonton (the fourth-place team in the West) had more points than Winnipeg (the third-place team in the East).

If two or more teams in the same division are equal in points, the following tiebreakers apply:

Notes:

Standings

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

Teams in bold are in playoff positions.

West Division
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
BC Lions 18135048135426 Details
Calgary Stampeders 18126053443124 Details
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18810045740916 Details
Edmonton Eskimos 18711042245014 Details
East Division
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Montreal Alouettes 18117047848922 Details
Toronto Argonauts 1899044549118 Details
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18612037653112 Details
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18612053857612 Details

CFL playoffs

The Toronto Argonauts won their 16th Grey Cup championship on home turf at the Rogers Centre by defeating the Calgary Stampeders. Argonauts' running back Chad Kackert was named the MVP, while Argonauts' defensive end, Ricky Foley was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

 November 11:
Division Semi-Finals
  November 18:
Division Finals
  November 25:
100th Grey Cup
Rogers CentreToronto
              
 East  E2Toronto Argonauts27 
 W4Edmonton Eskimos26  E1Montreal Alouettes20  
 E2Toronto Argonauts42    E2Toronto Argonauts35
   W2Calgary Stampeders22
 West  W2Calgary Stampeders34  
 W3Saskatchewan Roughriders30  W1BC Lions29 
 W2Calgary Stampeders36 

CFL Leaders

Award winners

CFL Player of the Week

WeekOffensive Player of the WeekDefensive Player of the WeekSpecial Teams Player of the WeekOutstanding Canadian
One Darian Durant J. C. Sherritt Grant Shaw Jon Cornish
Two Brandon Whitaker Adam Bighill Larry Taylor Andrew Harris
Three Anthony Calvillo Jerald Brown Chris Williams Shea Emry
Four Henry Burris Joe Burnett Justin Palardy Andy Fantuz
Five Henry Burris J. C. Sherritt Daryl Townsend Andrew Harris
Six Brandon Whitaker Adam Bighill Sean Whyte James Yurichuk
Seven Jon Cornish J. C. Sherritt Larry Taylor Jon Cornish
Eight Joey Elliott Alex Hall Chris Williams Cauchy Muamba
Nine S. J. Green Charleston Hughes Chris Williams Jon Cornish
Ten Chad Owens Ahmad Carroll Chris Williams Jon Cornish
Eleven Chad Kackert Jason Vega Demond Washington Jon Cornish
Twelve Travis Lulay Brock Campbell Tim Brown Shawn Gore
Thirteen Chad Simpson Adam Bighill Trent Guy Henoc Muamba
Fourteen Henry Burris Adam Bighill Trent Guy Jon Cornish
Fifteen Joey Elliott Chris Thompson Sandro DeAngelis Andrew Harris
Sixteen Hugh Charles Shea Emry Grant Shaw Shea Emry
Seventeen Jamel Richardson Keon Raymond Weston Dressler Jon Cornish
Eighteen Ricky Ray Anwar Stewart Tim Brown Andre Durie
Nineteen Henry Burris J. C. Sherritt Swayze Waters Henoc Muamba
Twenty Drew Tate Keon Raymond Chad Owens Jon Cornish
Twenty-one Chad Owens Marcus Ball Paul McCallum Jon Cornish

Source [24]

CFL Player of the Month

MonthOffensive Player of the MonthDefensive Player of the MonthSpecial Teams Player of the MonthOutstanding Canadian
July Henry Burris J. C. Sherritt Chris Williams Andrew Harris
August Anthony Calvillo J. C. Sherritt Chris Williams Jon Cornish
September Travis Lulay J. C. Sherritt Luca Congi Jon Cornish
October Fred Stamps Adam Bighill Rene Paredes Jon Cornish

Source [25]

2012 CFL All-Stars

Offence

Defence

Special teams

2012 CFL Western All-Stars

Offence

Defence

Special teams

2012 CFL Eastern All-Stars

Offence

Defence

Special teams

2012 CFLPA All-Stars

Offence

Defence

Special teams

2012 Gibson's Finest CFL Awards

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