Glenn learned in Green
By WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
|Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn takes part in practice at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alta., June 12, 2012. (JIM WELLS/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - Kevin Glenn is admittedly still getting comfortable as a member of the Calgary Stampeders’ organization and apparently he hasn’t yet been informed of the cardinal rule — whatever you do, don’t say anything flattering about those no-good guys in green.
Glenn, who celebrated his 33rd birthday Tuesday, is the most experienced arm on the Stamps’ roster and figures he owes his some of longevity to his days with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where his boss was longtime CFL quarterback Danny Barrett.
“I still revert to things that Danny taught me back when I was in Saskatchewan my first three years. And I’m always telling people that could have been one of the best things that ever happened to me — coming into this league and having a coach like Danny who actually played the position up here, and I had an opportunity to learn that kind of stuff from him at an early age and early in my career,” Glenn said after Tuesday’s morning practice session at McMahon Stadium.
“I think that’s been one of the things that has helped me stay in the league this long. That, and I must be doing something right on the field.”
Glenn arrived in Calgary as a key part of the off-season swap that sent longtime starting signal-caller Henry Burris to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
McMahon Stadium will be his fourth stop in the CFL after stints in Saskatchewan (2001-03), Winnipeg (2004-08) and Hamilton (2009-11). A true student of the game, he’s worked with a lot of former quarterbacks along the way.
His offensive co-ordinator last season with the Tiger-Cats was Khari Jones, who took snaps for five different CFL teams. In Calgary, former signal-caller and longtime quarterback guru John Hufnagel is Glenn’s head coach and his offensive co-ordinator is onetime on-field adversary Dave Dickenson.
“I played against Dave,” Glenn said. “He’s coaching like he played. He was moreso a mild-mannered guy — kind of laid back and didn’t talk too much — but he’s a competitor, and you can tell that when he coaches us.”
Glenn, too, has an impressive resume in the three-down football ranks.
In 11 seasons north of the border, the former Illinois State standout has racked up 32,446 passing yards and 179 touchdown strikes, including a string of seven consecutive seasons with at least 3,000 yards through the air.
As long as Drew Tate remains effective and healthy, that streak will likely end this season, but Glenn isn’t here to just tutor the young guns in the Stamps QB crew.
“I’m asking him to be ready to play,” Dickenson said. “I’m not looking for a mentoring role out of any of my quarterbacks. I’m looking for guys that are going to be productive and capable of winning us games.”
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