Orlondo Steinauer doesn’t see a Grey Cup X-factor, but believes Ticats ‘can all be champions’

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Orlondo Steinauer can already feel the energy in Tim Hortons Field.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach addressed the media ahead of Grey Cup warm-ups and admitted the feeling in Hamilton ahead of their home championship date is more than a little electric.

“It’s just a feeling of excitement. You can feel the buzz around town,” Steinauer said. “You felt it leading up, but game day’s always a little bit different. I think it just brings a little bit of excitement and everybody knows that it’s gonna be a, a different atmosphere, not like one that they’ve experienced thus far.”

The coach believes that the hometown crowd could be “extremely beneficial” for his defence, depending on how well traveled the Winnipeg fans turn out to be, but ultimately it will be players who determine the outcome.

“The game’s always played between the white lines and it’s about execution. Whichever team does that best is likely to have the favorable outcome,” he said.

On that point, Steinauer has complete faith in his group. Grinning wildly, he confessed that there was no player in particular he felt would be an X-factor.

“I have a good feeling about all of them. I really do. I don’t know whose day it’s going to be and that’s the beauty of the ultimate team sport,” Steinauer said.

“I feel like they’ve all had a decent week of practice and one thing we always talk about is that everybody can’t always shine and be All-Pro, but we can all be champions. Whoever gets to shine matters very little to me.”

The only thing that will matter is hoisting Hamilton’s first Grey Cup since 1999 in front of that raucous home crowd.

J.C. Abbott is a University of British Columbia graduate and high school football coach. He covers the CFL, B.C. Lions, CFL Draft and the three-down league's Global initiative.