"Every year we have a discussion on the rules and how to make the game better," Matt Maychak, the CFL's vice-president of communications, said Wednesday in Winnipeg at the league's annual congress.
"This year it's fair to say it had a greater urgency to it because of the year we had.
Former commissioner Mark Cohon said in his final state of the league address in November that the league would do an "in-depth" analysis when the league's power players got together in Las Vegas last month for their annual review of the season, and Maychak said Wednesday there was more "brainstorming" in that meeting than there usually is.
"I don't want to make it sound like there's a great panic in the land, but I also don't want to make it sound like there's no problem," Maychak
"I don't want to speak for all the football guys, but there was a sense that some of this is cyclical, that football constantly adjusts and adjusts to the adjustment, and some of the guys felt some of this will iron out over time," Maychak
"Some of it was seen as unique to this year.
"You add a ninth team, you've got a lot of new guys, a lot of young guys, so offensive play is affected by false starts and offsides and things like that."
There is one thing the CFL
vowed it won't do, however, and that is turn into a newer version of the now defunct XFL, which replaced its coin toss with a race to the 50-yard line.
"There's some willingness on the football people's part to open up discussion about how to improve the game and how to improve scoring, whether that's simplifying PI or looking at making the convert more exciting, for instance," Maychak