Stampeders QB Kevin Glenn uncertain he'll be back for 2013 season
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
|Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn leaves McMahon Stadium after cleaning out his locker in Calgary, Alta., Nov. 27, 2012. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - The biggest question the Calgary Stampeders have this off-season will be answered by Kevin Glenn.
If the situation next June was the same as it was last June, would Glenn be comfortable?
Would he be happy to enter training camp as the caddy to Drew Tate, waiting to see if the 28-year-old gets injured or falters, likely the only way he starts another game?
As of Tuesday, the veteran quarterback didn’t quite have his response ready yet.
“I don’t know if I can answer that question right now,” Glenn said on Stampeders locker-room cleanout day, less than 48 hours after losing the Grey Cup in Toronto.
“There is a lot going on in my mind in terms of the game and the season.”
The Stamps enter the off-season in close to the same fashion as they did a year ago. Tate will look to rebound after a bad finish, but the future looks bright for him and the entire roster.
As the team dissects another tough playoff loss, there is a veteran quarterback capable of being a starter somewhere, even if it’s not in Calgary. Henry Burris took option No. 2
last December when it came to down to being a backup or getting moved elsewhere.
It certainly could happen again with Glenn.
“I wouldn’t be surprised. But I’ll deal with that if we ever have that conversation,” Hufnagel said. “Right now, he’s under contract to come back, and I expect Kevin to be at training camp. A lot of things can happen, but I have no preconceived thoughts of him being anywhere else except a Stampeder. I haven’t talked to Kevin after the game, but I’m assuming he wants to be back.”
The Stamps made the most of having Glenn on board this season after getting him in the deal for Burris.
In 15 regular-season starts, Glenn went 10-5. Then, he came back after a week off to lead the Stamps over the B.C. Lions in the CFL’s West Division final.
Clearly, the Stampeders wouldn’t have had success without him. And his positive attitude was a sign of great leadership, even when he wasn’t playing.
There is a chance he could play as much next year as he did in 2012, as Tate has not proven he can stay healthy.
If Glenn doesn’t want to stick around, the Stamps will be on the hunt for a veteran pivot. The injury questions with Tate will be too much with sophomore Bo Levi Mitchell as the next man up.
There is a chance this is the perfect place for Glenn, even if he isn’t the starter.
With Hufnagel and offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson, Glenn thrived having two former quarterbacks giving him guidance. This was by far his best season in terms of winning percentage.
“I really enjoyed the season with this team, regardless of the situation,” Glenn said. “I really, truly enjoyed playing with this team, and sometimes, you don’t always get that. Sometimes, that could be the most important thing. I like Dave as an offensive co-ordinator. I like what we do with the offence. You have to weigh all those things.
“I’ve seen guys go from one situation to another, and (their performance) dropped. It could be because of the offence they ran or just the team they had.
“Here, we have an all-around team. Sometimes, that plays bigger than other situations. There are so many things, I can’t pinpoint one thing right now. There are different things going through my mind right now.
“You want to get home (to Detroit), relax and weigh the options. You want to come back with some more concrete answers after you actually weighed all your options.
“This team, in terms of wins, it’s the most I’ve been part of. I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished this year. It didn’t end up the way I wanted it to. I’m still proud of me and my team.”