|2016 CFL season|
|Duration||June 23 – November 5, 2016|
|Start date||November 13, 2016|
|East Champions||Ottawa Redblacks|
|West Champions||Calgary Stampeders|
|104th Grey Cup|
|Site||BMO Field, Toronto|
The 2016 Canadian Football League season was the 63rd season of modern Canadian professional football. Officially, it was the 59th season of the league. Toronto hosted the 104th Grey Cup on November 27. The regular season began on June 23 and ended on November 5.
According to the new collective bargaining agreement, the 2016 salary cap was set at $5,100,000 (average $110,986 per active roster spot). As per the agreement, the cap was fixed and did not vary with league revenue performance. The base minimum individual salary was set at $52,000.
On February 18, 2016, the 2016 season schedule was released, with the regular season opener taking place at BMO Field hosted by the Toronto Argonauts on June 23. This was the first time that the Argonauts hosted a season opener since the 2008 CFL season and the first time a new stadium opened the season since Winnipeg's Investors Group Field opened the 2013 season. For the third consecutive season, week 1 featured a Grey Cup rematch, with the defending champion Edmonton Eskimos hosting the Ottawa Redblacks. This was also the first time since 2012 that all member clubs played all pre-season and regular season games at their regular home stadiums.
The 2015 featured eight home-and-home series; three of those featured Saskatchewan and/or Winnipeg, while the Montreal Alouettes played none. There were 21 double headers this year, with three on Thursdays, eight on Fridays, eight on Saturdays, and two (the traditional Labour Day and Thanksgiving contests, with the Ontario Labour Day game being played in prime time for the first time ever) on Mondays. There also was a triple header for the first time since 2007, with three games on the final day of the regular season on Saturday, November 5. For the second consecutive season, the last week of the regular season featured inter-divisional games. This was the second straight season to showcase Thursday Night Football with 10 of the first 11 weeks featuring Thursday night games, including the three aforementioned Thursday night double headers. Every CFL team hosted at least one Thursday game this season; Montreal hosted the most with three Thursday home games.
After having spent 27 seasons at Rogers Centre, the Toronto Argonauts moved to BMO Field following renovations that have made the stadium suitable for Canadian football.The move was prompted in 2013 when Rogers Communications announced plans to install natural grass at Rogers Centre for the 2018 season—a move that will require the stadium to be permanently locked into its baseball configuration. On May 20, 2015, it was announced the team had been sold to Larry Tanenbaum and Bell Media and would move to BMO Field. Bell Media and Tanenbaum are part-owners of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns Major League Soccer's Toronto FC and operates BMO Field, along with Rogers. The stadium underwent renovations in the off-season between 2014 and 2015, raising stadium capacity for soccer to 30,991. Further renovations took place in the off-season between 2015 and 2016 to add canopy roofs and retractable seating in the end zones for a Canadian football field. However, Toronto FC continue to be primary occupants of the stadium and have first choice of game dates.
Adidas, who has held the contract for CFL uniforms since acquiring Reebok in 2005, switched the league's uniforms from the Reebok brand (which was used for the uniforms the previous twelve seasons, dating to 2004, the season before Adidas's purchase) to the Adidas brand.With the rebrand came some mostly minor adjustments to each of the teams' uniforms, which were unveiled May 12.
On December 2, 2015 Jeff Tedford announced that he had resigned his position as head coach of the BC Lions. In his lone season with the Lions, Tedford led them to a mediocre record of 7−11, losing in the first round of the playoffs. Wally Buono will resume the head coaching duties. On December 7, 2015, a mere week after winning the 2015 Grey Cup, it was announced that Chris Jones would be the new general manager and head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. After starting 0−9 during the 2015 season, the Saskatchewan Roughriders fired Corey Chamblin. Bob Dyce was the intern head coach for the remainder of the 2015 season. In response to losing Chris Jones, the Eskimos named former Redblacks offensive coordinator Jason Maas as their new head coach on December 14, 2015. Jason Maas had played quarterback for the Eskimos for 10 seasons from the 2000 CFL season until the 2011 CFL season.
Following this fury of coaching changes, new CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge announced on December 16, 2015, that any coach who is currently under contract with a CFL team must contact the CFL head office for approval, prior to announcing any movement. This moratorium was designed to prevent CFL teams from tampering with coaches under contract, and also to hold coaches honorable to their contracts (unless the general manager of said franchise allows them to become a free agent by voiding their contract).In April 2016 commissioner Orridge ruled that the Eskimos did not owe the Redblacks any financial compensation for their hiring of Jason Maas.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach and vice president Kent Austin, who had also served as general manager for his first three seasons in Hamilton, promoted Eric Tillman to general manager for the 2014 season. Tillman had served as a consultant with the Tiger-Cats since the 2012 season.
Midway through the 2016 season, Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp, who had doubled as interim head coach of the team since firing Tom Higgins partway through the previous season, stepped aside from coaching duties and named Jacques Chapdelaine as his replacement. Chapdelaine is the first French-speaking head coach in the history of the Alouettes organization.
On April 21, 2016 the CFL and CFLPA announced an agreement on a new drug strategy. There was no drug testing last year after the CFL severed its partnership with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports (CCES), which had conducted the tests. The relationship was mended, and CCES resumed its role of administering testing on players. Under the terms of the agreement, the number of tests conducted was equal to 100 per cent of the players in the league. However, because testing will be random, it was possible for some players to be tested twice, while others wouldn't be tested at all. The new system also recognised sanctions from Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS)--later renamed to U Sports—as well as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Football League (NFL) and other World Anti-Doping Agency-tested sports. The teams and league were to provide appropriate NSF International-certified supplements to their players, with the list to be developed by mutual agreement and based on professional advice.
Regarding player violations, those testing positive would face a two-game suspension for a first violation. This penalty would increase to a nine-game suspension (half the regular season) for a second violation and a one-year ban for a third offence. A fourth violation would result in a lifetime ban. Violations were now to be publicly disclosed once all appeals had been exhausted: Whereas in the former system a player charged with a first time offence was able to have his identity remain confidential. The CFL commissioner could also reduce a suspension based on exceptional circumstance.
On April 22, 2016 the CFL and the NFL announced a landmark joint-partnership involving their officiating staff. NFL-trained referees would officiate preseason and regular-season games in the CFL, while CFL officials would attend NFL training camps and education sessions before working pre-season games in the NFL. NFL referees working CFL games would mostly be side and field judges to minimize the rules differences between the two leagues. Several CFL officials would participate in the NFL's Officiating Development Program, including working NFL mini-camps, training camps and preseason games. Analysts saw this agreement as the first step towards having U.S.-trained officials work in the CFL full-time. Previously, one of the major stumbling blocks for U.S.-born officials working in the CFL was it took them off the track to the NFL. But a development program between the two leagues could lead to officials graduating from the CFL to the NFL.
In March the CFL's Rules Committee submitted a variety of rule changes to the Board of Governors be implemented for the 2016 season.The proposals were reviewed by the CFL's Board of Governors and almost all of them were put into effect for the upcoming season.
In the middle of August the Saskatchewan Roughriders were found to be in violation of policies which prohibit practicing with ineligible players, players participating in practice who are on the 6-Game Injured List and having free agents practice with players who are under contract. The CFL decided to fine the Saskatchewan Roughriders $60,000, as well as a deduction in excess of $26,000 off the Roughriders' 2016 salary cap.The investigation was partially brought to the public spotlight by Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell on Twitter.
In the middle of the season the CFL and broadcasting company TSN introduced live microphone audio from the head coach and quarterback as part of the broadcast experience. The first game this was implemented was a Labour Day weekend game between the Tiger-Cats and Stampeders.The CFL ON TSN's inaugural Live Mic Broadcast saw a total of 2.4 million Canadians tune in. Live Mic Broadcast was next implemented in three Thanksgiving weekend games; this time expanded to include back-up quarterbacks and select defensive players. Edmonton Eskimos head coach Jason Maas and starting quarterback Mike Reilly both refused to wear the live microphones for their Thanksgiving game. As a result, the CFL fined the Eskimos $20,000 and head coach Jason Maas $15,000 for refusing to wear live broadcast microphones. The Eskimos were once again required to submit to the live microphone broadcasts for their Week 20 game against the Argonauts. Prior to the game both Jason Maas and Mike Reilly confirmed they would comply with the league's command and wear the microphones. However, on gameday despite wearing the microphone Maas stood silent for most of the game and covered his mic at times when he was speaking. On November 24, 2016 the CFL announced they were investigating the issue since the team "didn't live up to the spirit of the agreement."
Teams played eighteen regular season games, playing two divisional opponents three times and all of the other teams twice. Teams were awarded two points for a win and one point for a tie. The top three teams in each division qualified 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.If a third-place team finishes in a tie with the fourth place team in the other division, the third place team automatically gets the playoff spot and there is no crossover.
If two or more teams in the same division were equal in points, the following tiebreakers applied:
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.
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||18||11||7||0||22||497||454||5–5||W1||Details|
The Redblacks ended a 40-year championship drought for the city of Ottawa that spanned three CFL franchises and 27 football seasons of play. The Redblacks became the fourth-fastest expansion team to win a championship in an established North American professional sports league. Ottawa's quarterback, Henry Burris won the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player award, while teammate wide receiver Brad Sinopoli won the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian award.
104th Grey Cup
BMO Field – Toronto
|W4||Edmonton Eskimos||24||E1||Ottawa Redblacks||35|
|E2||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||21||E1||Ottawa Redblacks||39*|
|W3||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||31||W1||Calgary Stampeders||42|
*-Team won in Overtime.
|One||Simoni Lawrence||Trevor Harris||Chris Williams||Simoni Lawrence|
|Two||Trevor Harris||Chris Williams||Jerome Messam||Trevor Harris|
|Three||Chris Williams||Maurice Leggett||Adarius Bowman||Maurice Leggett|
|Four||Adrian Tracy||Trevor Harris||Jonathon Jennings||Trevor Harris|
|Five||Jeremiah Masoli||Naaman Roosevelt||Mike Reilly||Naaman Roosevelt|
|Six||Bo Levi Mitchell||Lirim Hajrullahu||A. J. Jefferson||Bo Levi Mitchell|
|Seven||Jerome Messam||Loucheiz Purifoy||Rene Paredes||Jerome Messam|
|Eight||Kevin Fogg||Clarence Denmark||Deon Lacey||Kevin Fogg|
|Nine||Kevin Glenn||Zach Collaros||Patrick Watkins||Zach Collaros|
|Ten||Shakir Bell||Andrew Harris||Justin Medlock||Andrew Harris|
|Eleven||Justin Medlock||Solomon Elimimian||Quincy McDuffie||Justin Medlock|
|Twelve||Jeremiah Johnson||T. J. Heath||DaVaris Daniels||T. J. Heath|
|Thirteen||Larry Dean||Bo Levi Mitchell||Emanuel Davis||Larry Dean|
|Fourteen||Emmanuel Arceneaux||Jamill Smith||Bo Levi Mitchell||Bo Levi Mitchell|
|Fifteen||John White||Solomon Elimimian||Mike Reilly||Mike Reilly|
|Sixteen||Bryan Burnham||Mike Reilly||John White||Mike Reilly|
|Seventeen||Henry Burris||Taylor Loffler||Joe McKnight||Taylor Loffler|
|Eighteen||Emmanuel Arceneaux||John Chick||Jerome Messam||John Chick|
|Nineteen||Solomon Elimimian||Taylor Reed||Mossis Madu||Mossis Madu|
|Twenty||Emmanuel Arceneaux||James Franklin||Brandon Zylstra|
|July||Chris Williams||Trevor Harris||Mike Reilly|
|August||Bo Levi Mitchell||Rene Paredes||Terrence Toliver|
|September||Bo Levi Mitchell||Adarius Bowman||Solomon Elimimian|
|October||John White||Emmanuel Arceneaux||Mike Reilly|
|Team||Home Average||% of Capacity||League Average Difference||Visitor Average||% of Capacity||League Average Difference|
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