As a rookie head coach, Scott Milanovich knows he now will be judged in ways that only the playoffs demand.
Like any player, Milanovich is anxious, as competitive as anyone who lines up on either side of the ball, and he will be devastated if the Argos don't move on to Montreal for next week's East final, where some of the spotlight will be on Milanovich and the place he once called his coaching home.
There's no way in predicting how this week's tempo and mood will translate on Sunday, but Milanovich is encouraged.
"There's been a high level of intensity," he said. "You have to be careful not to peak too early, but I think we're in a good place."
While he acknowledges the loose nature among his players, Milanovich knows the key time arrives in the moments when game-day preparations are about to wrap up and the players make their way to the dressing room.
On a personal level, Milanovich says he felt like any other week during this week's preparations.
"I do think I'll feel a bit different (on Sunday)," he added.