Marc Trestman and Jim Popp are a study in contrasts and synchronicity all at once. Unmistakably southern, Popp is a straight-shooter who doesn’t shy away from much. Trestman is bold, too, but in a more bookish way that gives the impression he’s done the legwork to be prepared for anything.
For whatever outward differences they have, the pair are in lockstep when it comes to a vision for how to build a winning football team. After reaching great heights with the Montreal Alouettes, general manager Popp and head coach Trestman have once again joined forces to try and chart a championship course — this time for the Toronto Argonauts.
Just prior to the CFL season, Sportsnet asked Popp and Trestman to speak about where they’ve been, what they’ve learned along the way and how they plan to apply that knowledge in Toronto. Get these men in a room together and two things quickly become apparent; they love the game and share enormous respect for each other.