TORONTO - Ricky Ray has watched from afar as Hamilton's defence has evolved this season, a unit that was pivotal in keeping the Tiger-Cats in the game until the offence finally found its rhythm late in last Sunday's Eastern semifinal win over the Montreal Alouettes.
It's a bend-but-don't-break defence, similar to the style Rich Stubler once ran when his D would pave the way for an Argos championship in 2004.
Orlondo Steinauer has learned the ropes from many of the game's top defensive minds, including Stubler.
There are characteristics of the Stubler system, but the Ticats defence has embraced its co-ordinator's personality.
Ray spent one season with Steinauer when the latter served as defensive backs coach in Toronto last season, which would end with a Grey Cup.
Way back in the season opener, Ray took apart Hamilton's defence, taking the opening kickoff and driving it down the field in a no-huddle set that was quite impressive to watch.