Ticats need more wins from Glenn
By MIKE THOMAS, Special to QMI Agency
|Ticats quarterback Kevin Glenn had a great season statistically in 2010, but the team won just nine times and lost to the Argonauts in the first round of the playoffs. (ALEX UROSEVIC/QMI Agency)
HAMILTON - Coming off a stellar statistical year, Tiger-Cats quarterback Kevin Glenn is aiming for more team success in 2011.
Last year, Glenn’s 10th in the CFL, he threw for 5,102 yards and career-high 33 touchdowns, good for second in the league in both categories. But the Ticats finished with a so-so 9-9 record and were toast after one playoff game.
“I’m focusing more on the team’s stats (this year),” said Glenn Monday. “If your team stats are great, then your individual stats are going to be good.”
With the East Division expected to be even more competitive this season, the win-loss column is probably the only stat that matters in Hamilton.
“Kevin had a great season last year and was a big part of the reason we had some success,” said head coach Marcel Bellefeuille. “But it’ll be more about wins this year and not necessarily the statistics.”
It’s always a good thing for a team to have a quarterback among the league leaders in the major offensive categories but other important factors weigh in on what makes a team a winner.
Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo finished behind Glenn in several statistical categories last year but ended up with his third Grey Cup. Glenn still is looking for his first.
“That’s my ultimate goal,” said Glenn. “I’m expecting to win a Grey Cup, that’s really what I’m focused on”
Having more depth in the receiving corps and a star running back in Avon Cobourne should give Glenn more options.
“He’s very capable of (repeating last season), I’m sure he can do it. But that’s not something necessarily that he’ll have to do,” said Bellefeuille. “Some games it’ll be him passing for 500 yards, some games it’ll be passing for 250 and letting the running game take over.”
Glenn aims to build on what he did a year ago.
“I’m not going to lie and say I don’t want my stats to be better than they were last year,” said Glenn. “In this profession individual stats are what keep players in the game but team stats are the ultimate goal.”
An improved running attack is an area that Glenn might have to make way for in order to make Hamilton a winner for the first time since 1999. Not only does the team’s backfield boast an established vet in Cobourne and an up-and-comer in Marcus Thigpen but the club also has a speedy option in Quinton Porter, the back-up quarterback.
Porter is more of a threat to run the ball — keeping defences more honest.
“It provides an opportunity to get the edge a little bit,” said Porter. “There will be some times this year when my unique capabilities will be utilized. I’m looking forward to that.”
Glenn was released from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers early in 2009 and was given the opportunity to play in Hamilton. He has performed well since.
“I don’t think it changed my career but I think it continued my career,” said Glenn about the move to Hamilton. “They gave me an opportunity and all I’ve done is try to take advantage of that opportunity.”