Grey Cup coaches are an image of their teams
EDMONTON (AP) _ The prevailing characteristics of the Grey Cup finalists often are reflected in the personalities of the head coaches.
Don Matthews of the Toronto Argonauts is confident and organized as he prepares for his sixth CFL championship game while Jim Daley of the Saskatchewan Roughriders appears nervous approaching his first title game.
Matthews has a 3-2 record in Grey Cups, including a win last year when Toronto got past the Edmonton Eskimos 43-37 in Hamilton.
``Our work’s done,″ Matthews said Saturday after practice. ``The players came here with the exact attitude I hoped they would.
``We’ve got a great team of people who care about what they do. One of the advantages we have is our team leadership. I`m delighted with our preparation.″
Daley is 2-0 as a playoff coach after the Roughriders, 8-10 in the regular season, upset Calgary and Edmonton on the road in the post-season.
``About the only time I get to relax is when I get up early and go for a walk about 4:30 in the morning,″ Daley said. ``I get a couple hours when I can think through my day.
``It’s been a long road to get here. We’ve been underdogs most of the year and have relished the role.″
Matthews has posted more regular-season wins (148) than any CFL head coach, with stints in B.C., Toronto, Saskatchewan and Baltimore before returning to the Argos in 1996.
Daley wants to become the third coach of the Roughriders to bring home a Grey Cup championship. The others were Eagle Keys in 1966 and John Gregory in 1989.
The Argos are led by Doug Flutie, winner of his sixth award as the league’s outstanding player after throwing 47 touchdown passes this year.
Saskatchewan has journeyman Reggie Slack at quarterback. He’s suffered from the flu this week after two brilliant playoff performances.
The Argos, attempting to become the first Grey Cup champion to repeat since Edmonton in 1982, are 16-point favorites in the 85th Grey Cup after posting a 15-3 regular-season record and a last-minute 37-30 playoff win over the Montreal Alouettes.