‘I don’t like to put my players in that position’: Argos’ HC Ryan Dinwiddie won’t make guarantees of victory like Montreal’s Gary Stern

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Montreal Alouettes owner Gary Stern has made waves with his Twitter bravado, but don’t expect anyone on the East Division rival Toronto Argonauts to follow his lead.

Joining TSN 1050’s First Up this week, Argos’ head coach Ryan Dinwiddie explained that while he rarely uses the Twitter account he set up four years ago, he has been following the latest Stern controversies through his favourite media outlet.

“I don’t really get on social media too much but I’ve seen some of the stuff he’s tweeted just because it’s been on 3DownNation and certain websites; I don’t really get into that stuff too much,” Dinwiddie admitted.

Stern, who took over the Alouettes prior to the cancelled 2020 season, has quickly become the biggest lightning rod in the CFL for his informal style of fan engagement. Most recently, the Ontario-based steel magnate made headlines for his belief that the Alouettes could beat the undefeated Winnipeg Blue Bombers, a promise that proved false on Thursday night when Montreal lost 35-20.

Earlier in the year, Stern promised his team would “kill” Dinwiddie’s Argonauts prior to another close loss. He has also beefed with TSN analyst Milt Stegall over the Hall of Famer’s less-than-favourable predictions about the Alouettes.

While Dinwiddie avoided weighing in on the merits of Stern’s bold guarantees, he did say he wouldn’t be replicating them ahead of his team’s first matchup with the hated Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday.

“That’s not my style. I feel like for the owner, that’s great he does that for his team. For me, I don’t like to put my players in that position,” Dinwiddie insisted. “We know it’s going to be a tough football game. Everyone [does] but we’re just kind of focused on ourselves right now.”

As for Twitter, the offensive guru has no plans to become a social media sensation but his account remains active. Should it start producing content, rest assured that it would be the result of a hack and Dinwiddie knows exactly which one of his players he’d least like to crack his password.

“I would say [quarterback] McLeod [Bethel-Thompson],” the coach chuckled. “I think he’s got a great personality and he would do something pretty witty and take advantage of the opportunity to do that. With how highly intelligent he is, I think he’d have a fun time with it.”

For all his dismissive talk, Dinwiddie didn’t avoid predictions entirely. As his team prepares to play Hamilton four times in the next five weeks, he was quick to suggest that the battle between the two teams wouldn’t stop there.

“I think there might be five, with a playoff game,” Dinwiddie quipped.