Marc Trestman post game speech to Argos after convincing win

Marc Trestman was back on the sidelines leading a Canadian Football League franchise for the first time since 2012 on Sunday at BMO Field.

In the 61-year-old coaches debut with the Argos his team thoroughly beat archrival Hamilton 32-15. Ricky Ray looked rejuvenated under the guidance of Trestman, passing for a career-high 506 yards. Three receivers went over 100 yards in the game, most notable of that group S.J. Green who caught seven balls for 124 yards – many of them impressive – after suffering torn knee ligaments less than a year ago on June 30 that shelved him for the rest of the season.

It was quite a performance all around for the double blue and Trestman wanted to make sure the Argos enjoyed it. Here’s what he said to the group post game in the locker room:

“First thing, I just want everybody to recognize is how great a winning locker room is, there’s nothing really like it, it’s what we really live for. What you’ll think about when you’re done playing is the appreciation for a winning locker room and what it means to win, because it’s not easy to win. No. 2 is give Hamilton credit. They fought the whole game, they made it hard, ask Ricky Ray he’ll tell ya. They made it tough, they’re a hell of a football team and we’re going to have to play them again so show them the respect that they deserve. And then just finally, take the time, we got a short week and I’m going to get into the short week in a second, take the time when you’re here to really be endearing to your teammates and the job that they did. And then take the time with your families tonight and enjoy the win. Celebrate it with your teammates in appropriate fashion because the truth of the matter is we got a lot of work to do, don’t we? We have got to get better. We have so many different areas in all three phases and we are on a short week. So the only way we can get better, and remember I preface this, take the time to enjoy the win, enjoy your families tonight, but when we leave here, tomorrow we’ve got to invest in our next opponent. They’re coming here on a short week and we can use it to our advantage. We gotta watch the tape of the game and make corrections on your own. We’ve got to invest in BC. We need to lock arms and get back to work as quickly as possible. Take the time in here to enjoy this locker room, you guys deserve it, you worked your tails off. Enjoy the locker room, enjoy afterwards. Enjoy everything that a win entails because it’s not easy and this is something we want to appreciate each and every time we have this opportunity.”

B.C. visits Toronto on Friday in Week 2.

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