Quarterback conundrum

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:52 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- To sit or not to sit.

That is the question about quarterback Kevin Glenn that has no doubt dogged Doug Berry since Friday at midnight.

We will know soon enough, possibly as early as today's practice, whether or not Ryan Dinwiddie will be at the controls on Thursday night when the offensively anemic Winnipeg Blue Bombers, winless in four starts, host the 3-1 Calgary Stampeders at Canad Inns Stadium.

The gut says Berry will stick with Glenn for at least one more start. The mind, not to mention legions of Bomber fans, says the opposite.

There are pros and cons to many football decisions, but changing the quarterback is one of the most delicate. How will Glenn respond? How will his teammates react? What if it backfires? Is Dinwiddie ready to lead? Then again, can it get any worse?

Berry has almost been painted into a corner. Glenn, who received a nice raise in the off-season, has thrown five interceptions in his last two games, which is a career-high for the 29-year-old in back-to-back games.

Glenn has two touchdowns and eight picks overall, and no one seems to know why. The offence has scored six touchdowns in four games, and its 16.5 points per game is the worst mark in the league. Even the hapless Toronto Argonauts offence is scoring more than 20 points a match.

Berry is spreading the blame around among his point getters -- "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the issue," he said -- but the quarterback is the man in charge. That's why he is seriously considering a switch.

"I've got to. We're 0-4," Berry said after the game. "We're not scoring."

After a 74-yard touchdown strike to Romby Bryant in the first quarter of Friday night's 27-18 loss to the B.C. Lions at BC Place, Glenn and the offence went in the tank.

The Bomber defence kept the team in the game as long as it could before breaking down in the fourth quarter, allowing the Lions to rack up 210 yards, score 16 unanswered points and sweep the home-and-home series.

Don't think members of the defence didn't notice their teammates on the other side of the ball managed only four first downs in the second half.

"It's something that's gotta be addressed, and I'm quite sure the coaches ... the people ahead of me, they'll take care of that and address some things," linebacker Ike Charlton said. "I'm quite sure there's going to be some changes made ... We just gotta keep fighting, man. We gotta stay together in the locker-room, which is going to be tough ... for everybody to stay together, to believe. It gets real harder."

If Berry goes with Dinwiddie, it will be only the Boise State product's second career start. The first, of course, was last year's Grey Cup loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

But here's why the gut says Berry will stick with Glenn: If Dinwiddie's start is a disaster, then he has two quarterbacks with big problems, a third-stringer in Bryan Randall who arrived in Canada only seven weeks ago and even more people screaming for the coach's head.


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