Canadian Football League

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Former Canadian Football League QB Signs With Odessa

The Odessa Roughnecks are absolutely thrilled to announce the signing of Quarterback Dennis Gile, 26, for the 2008 season. Gile (6'2", 200 lbs.) is a veteran from several professional football leagues including the NFL, CFL, the Arena Football League and Arena Football League 2. Dennis is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and in 2005 and 2006 spent time with the Arizona Rattlers and the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League.
Gile was a 2 year starter at Central Missouri State from 2001 to 2002 and compiled incredible numbers for the Mules program. During the '01 and '02 seasons Gile combined to throw for 4,741 yards and 40 touchdowns. He broke the pass efficiency record with a rating of 214. Dennis also ran for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns in those two seasons leading Central Missouri State to their best combined record in school history at 20-4.
After his outstanding college career Gile signed on as a free agent with the New England Patriots in 2003. Following his release in training camp with the Patriots, Gile went on to play two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League in 2003 and 2004.
"No matter what level you are playing on you have to have an experienced trigger man in order to win games. Dennis comes to Odessa as a guy who has a proven track record. He has had a shot in the NFL, he has spent a quality amount of time in the CFL and most importantly he has game experience in the Arena Football League. This season, I felt like it would be important for us to sign a quarterback who has had true game experience at the highest level of arena/indoor football. That experience will give us a player who truely has an understanding of this game. He will understand the throws and decisions that he will have to make in order for us to be successful because he has done it before at the highest level of this game. He has a great quarterback demeanor and is a student of this game. I am excited about working with him. " stated Head Coach Chris Williams.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Canadian Football League Coach Of The Year Finalists

The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced today the finalists for the 2007 Coach of the Year as selected by the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC). The 2007 finalists are Kent Austin (Saskatchewan Roughriders), Wally Buono (B.C. Lions) and Michael Clemons (Toronto Argonauts). The CFL Coach of the Year award recognizes the commitment and efforts of head coaches across the league, with special honours going to the coach who most demonstrates exceptional leadership, dedication and excellence during the regular season. The winner is awarded the Annis Stukus Trophy in honour of the Edmonton Eskimos and BC Lions’ head coach and great CFL ambassador, Annis Stukus. This year’s recipient will be announced at the 2008 CFL Coach of the Year Celebration in Calgary, Alberta at the Hyatt Regency during the CFL Congress. The 2007 Coach of the Year Finalists (listed in alphabetical order): Kent Austin Austin reached the pinnacle of success in his first season as a CFL head coach. After rejoining the Saskatchewan Roughriders, a team which he led to a Grey Cup as a quarterback in 1989, Austin led the team to a 12-6 regular season record and secured the club’s first home playoff game since 1988. The Roughriders went on to capture their third Grey Cup in team history. Wally Buono In his fifth season as head coach of the B.C. Lions, Buono led his club to a franchise-record 14 wins (14-4) and his fourth-straight first place finish in the West Division. He is the all-time leader in wins with both the Lions and Calgary Stampeders. Buono is one of three coaches in CFL history to win at least three Coach of the Year awards. Michael Clemons Clemons is second in all-time wins with the Toronto Argonauts and is one of just three coaches in club history to coach 100 games. Clemons led the Argos to their sixth consecutive playoff berth, tying him for the longest streak by a head coach in team history. The Argos rebounded from a 2-6 start to finish in first place in the East Division with an 11-7 record. 2008 CFL Coach of the Year Celebration When: Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 12:00pm MT Where: Hyatt Regency Calgary 700 Centre Street SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 5P6

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Former Canadian Football League Kicker Cashes In

Former Ottawa Renegades kicker Lawrence Tynes, 29, reportedly cashed in on his role in the New York Giants' historic championship season. According to the New York Daily News, Tynes has signed a five-year, $7-million U.S. contract to remain with the Giants just weeks before he was to become an unrestricted free agent.