Tiger-Cats' Steinauer making playoff debut as DC

Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive co-ordinator Orlondo Steinauer, seen here when he was with the...

Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive co-ordinator Orlondo Steinauer, seen here when he was with the Toronto Argos. (JACK BOLAND/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:14 PM ET

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.


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