Glenn might not start for BB

Fri, May 19, 2006
QB spot wide open
New Bomber boss Berry says incumbent Glenn has no edge

By PAUL FRIESEN

Kevin Glenn was the starting QB last year, but he has plenty of challengers in training camp. (BRIAN DONOGH, Sun)

New Bomber boss Berry says incumbent Glenn has no edge

There are a few things you can count on when a new football coach takes over a losing team.

With apologies to Jim Daley, most don't talk about rebuilding. They'd rather tell you the team isn't that far from being competitive.

They'll usually say there are some good players, that it's just a matter of adding a few parts and changing the system or the attitude.

Invariably, they'll also say no player should be comfortable -- that every job is up for grabs.

Since taking over in December, first-year Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry has followed the script pretty well, especially the part about nobody having a job locked up.

Unlike Daley, he's also refused to anoint Kevin Glenn as the starting quarterback going into training camp.

Berry wants everybody on their toes, and as Glenn took the field for his first workout with the rookies yesterday, the new boss rammed that point home with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

"I just don't know that Kevin Glenn is the quarterback," Berry said. "He's got to prove it to me. I haven't seen it on the field."

It was suggested Glenn at least has the upper hand on his three competitors for the job -- Russ Michna, Brad Banks and Mike Quinn -- because of his CFL resume.

"Yeah, but what is it? What has he accomplished?" Berry asked.

You know, the 27 touchdown passes last year, coach.

"Yeah, but what was the team's record? The ultimate quarterback takes his team to victory."

Regardless of the talent around him?

"Regardless."

Bomber fans, settle in for a good, old-fashioned shootout: four gunslingers, four weeks, one man left standing in the huddle.

When's the last time we've seen the pivot spot this wide open -- the Jeff Reinebold days?

That Berry won't say the No. 1 job is Glenn's to lose is one thing.

That he won't even give the vet an edge over relative CFL neophytes like Michna, Banks and Quinn is another, entirely.

When Berry looks at Glenn, he sees a quarterback who went 5-9 as a starter last season (he missed the better part of four games with injuries).

What he'd like to see is Glenn in an entirely different offence than what the Bombers ran in '05. "The format of the offence here isn't my style," Berry said. "Let me observe him in a setting where he's got five wide receivers. And when you look at him in that aspect, he's got the capabilities."

Berry's top three traits for a successful quarterback are escapability, accuracy and brains.

Glenn, he says, seems to fit the bill on at least two.

"Kevin can be a very accurate passer," Berry said. "He has escapability. The thing that is the intangible that I didn't know anything about is, what's his knowledge? What's his learning curve? That's the thing I'm going to try to find out here."

In the first face-to-face between the two late Wednesday, Glenn made a good impression, telling Berry he didn't want to wait another day -- he wanted to get out there.

On the verge of signing a contract extension that'll substantially boost his salary (approximately $150,000 last year) Glenn says he's ready to earn the increase in pay.

"Every year you grow," he said. "My mindset this year is to take another step. Do all the extra stuff that goes along with being a quarterback."

Glenn says he's convinced Berry's Montreal-style offence is going to make everybody look good.

"This offence is something to be reckoned with. I see why Montreal was doing the things they were doing. It's a quarterback's dream."

The question is, will he get a chance to live it?

...Glenn HAS to play the best ball of his career to nail down the starters job...Mike Quinn will be hot on his heels....and by the way he is throwing pinpoint passes in the early going at mini-t.c....Kevin might just start looking over his shoulder...Real game conditions will ultimately prove out who has got the right stuff.....this is going to be a change from the past in the Peg.....EVERYONE is going to have to earn their roster spot.....and I agree with coach Berry....that's a good thing... :wink:

ive been really defending Glenn but hey, if someone can beat him out then thats even better. Quinn's looking great!

I've never heard of Quinn, but I thought both Banks and Michna were promising. I'd like to see them in action. Glenn had his chance. Show us some new guys.

Bomber fans...I haven't seen anything, so is Tee Martin in camp or did he get released, as he so richly deserves?

I pray to god he was released too

and I hope Berry knows what he is doing.

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I believe Quinn was at the ALS training camp last year...you must have lost track of him Third....He didn;t stick around long.because he knew there was no way he was going to unseat Calvillo.....Berry really liked what he saw of Quinn last year and recommended the Bombers bring him in... he picked up Montreals system really fast and was calling his own plays that ended quite successfully .........By the way he's performing so far in t.c. ...i like what i'm seeing..... this guy is smart and is passing accurately...he could be quite a find... <!-- s:wink: -->:wink:<!-- s:wink: -->  :arrow:

..Tee Martin phoned the Bombers...Madjack.... and informed them that he is pursuing another line of employment........i think that was a good move on his part...and definitely a great one for the Bombers... :lol:

Kevin Glenn won’t be the starter, but the other two guys arent the greatest either. Winnipeg is going to be in the same situation as the riders last season. A bunch of backups trying to be a starter. Kevin Glenn couldn’t even beat Nealon Greene. Glenn is a great backup, but can’t carry a team by himself. You guys were better off keeping Speron Wynn

Agree Jamier, I also am not sold on Glenn as a starter or first stringer. He certainly has potential, but clearly is not in the same league as the other first stringers. The guy needs to learn from a Danny Mac type situation or what Anthony Calvillo did in Montreal with the great Tracy Ham.
So long as the BB do not have a bonified first stringer, as the results from the last two years have shown, they will not compete for the GC.

we'll see

Wow this news really through me off? Glenn the QB that is better then any other in the league may not be number 1 on the Winnipeg roster holy cow!

who said Glenn is the number one QB in the league..... come on now red ur losing ur edge.... trying to put words in our mouths only makes u look foolish :wink:

Foolish is a term for Winnipegger or Yogi! What is your guilt coming back at you?

Glenn will have a way better season this time around.

what are u talking about? all ive ever said was Glenn will suprise alot this year, never once said he was the best in the league, nor has any bomber fan that i recal, now ur just making stuff up