Orlondo Steinauer has played in big games, appeared on the CFL’s biggest stage and was a member of Toronto’s coaching staff last season when the Argos made their run to a Grey Cup title, a journey that featured a win over the host Alouettes in the East final.
Sunday’s backdrop at Guelph won’t be as momentous, but the consequences just as dire if a win isn’t produced.
For Steinauer, it marks the first time he’s had to draw up a defensive game plan to counter an Als offence that has clearly found its comfort zone at the right moment.
Whether he was a player or later as a coach, Steinauer was consistent in how he approached every game, no week any more meaningful than any other, no opponent ever taken for granted.
But this is the post-season and subtle changes are initiated, attention to detail more heightened, longer days in the office and an overall awareness of what’s at stake.