Als coaches huddle for gameplan to take down Argos
"It's not Scott against Marc or Marc against Scott...Scott's talents---they made the most of it."
Coach Marc Trestman, 2-time Grey Cup champion coach and tied for #1 alltime in Alouette regular season coaching victories, refuses to cast this as "guru vs. mentor" or student versus teacher.
When the Als kick off Sunday in the Eastern Final against the Argos, former Als' QB coach and offensive coordinator Scott Milanovich will be opposite Trestman, but the Montreal-Toronto rivalries and subplots hardly end there.
CJAD 800 will have live coverage starting with a Special Edition of the Countdown to Opening Kickoff at 12 Noon from Olympic Stadium with former CFL allstars Ed Philion and Dave Mudge. The winner of Sunday's game goes on to the historic 100th Grey Cup November 25th.
Chad Owens is former Alouettes property, who defected to Toronto and has set CFL records since pulling on the Argo uniform. He gives Toronto a clear advantage on Special Teams play.
Chris Jones, the Argos' defensive coordinator, is a former Als' assistant who many Montreal players believed would have been a suitable head coach only to see GM Jim Popp hire Trestman away from a consulting job with the New Orleans Saints.
The Als beat the Argos 2 out of 3 games this regular season, but Toronto quarterback Ricky Ray finished only the game Toronto won. The longtime Edmonton Eskimo who eliminated his former team in the East-Semi Final has also beaten Anthony Calvillo in 2 of 3 Grey Cup duels dating back to 2002 (won by AC's Als), 2003 & 2005 (won by Ray's Esks).
"We have unbelievable respect for Ricky Ray," Coach Trestman pointed out while taking a break from gameplanning with his assistants.
Players return to team meetings tomorrow morning, then hit the re-installed turf at the Big Owe Wednesday-Saturday.
More coming up with Coach Trestman on the Aaron Rand Show 3-7PM.