Glenn under fire in the Hammer

Ticats quarterback Kevin Glenn is taken down by Blue Bombers defenders Doug Brown and Dorian Smith...

Ticats quarterback Kevin Glenn is taken down by Blue Bombers defenders Doug Brown and Dorian Smith during Friday's season opener at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ont. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:59 PM ET

HAMILTON - In the aftermath of Friday’s offensive fright night, Kevin Glenn couldn’t go anywhere without being reminded of what exactly went wrong.

There were emails, text messages, questions that had no answers, concerns that could only be erased by production and efficiency.

Of all the things that went wrong in Hamilton’s season-opening loss to Winnipeg, the Ticats’ passing game was the most obvious deficiency and no one should question Glenn’s conduct in the immediate wake.

When asked how he felt after being pulled in the fourth quarter of a one possession game, Glenn used the word “disrespected.”

Incredibly, there are those who interpreted Glenn’s description as some slap in the face of head coach Marcel Bellefeuille and the Hamilton franchise.

Any player who has ever played football, or any pro sport for that matter, who is taken out of a game and doesn’t feel disrespected should immediately call it quits.

Any competitor who is isn’t able to finish what he started should feel disrespected.

Glenn had every right to feel disrespected when he was bluntly asked how he felt when Quinton Porter was asked to win a game.

Glenn was being honest and somehow his honesty gets misconstrued for selfishness.

Until Glenn delivers a Grey Cup to the Hammer, it seems nothing he does will satisfy a fan base that grows more frustrated with each passing year.

It would have been disrespectful had Glenn stood in front of his stall as the microphones descended and said he wasn’t disrespected.

It’s interesting that Glenn would bring up Michael Jordan’s name when the Ticats returned on Monday following their weekend break and Friday’s folly was recalled.

For all the buzzer-beating shots and late-game heroics, Jordan failed more than he succeeded, learning from each missed opportunity, vowing to let each experience serve as an important lesson.

Teams move on from disappointments such as Friday, players such as Glenn are required to have short memories and if repeats are allowed to happen, then changes must be made.

But to suggest Glenn somehow did something wrong by using the word disrespectful is both wrong and naive.

At the time, that’s how he felt, a feeling he should have expressed.

Ask him today, or even on Monday when it was broached, and Glenn expresses a different feeling because it’s now behind him, his thoughts focused on this week’s meeting in Edmonton.

“We’ve talked and everything is fine,’’ Glenn said of his relationship with head coach. “If it wasn’t, I don’t think I’d be here.”

What can’t be easily forgotten is the horrific passing game that led to one touchdown and four interceptions, more dropped passes, it seemed, than impactful plays and frustration that kept mounting when opportunities could not be seized.

“You have to experience it to understand that it just wasn’t our night,’’ Glenn added. “There was a lot of stuff that happened that were uncharacteristic from a lot of guys, myself included.

“When you look at the film, it was like: ‘Wow.’

“Everyone has been asking what was going on and I don’t think we ever saw that last year or the year before. We’ll get it corrected and it won’t happen again.”

Glenn admitted his foot work was out of whack when he attempted a pass to Marcus Thigpen when he didn’t get his feet set quick enough.

There was absolutely no timing between Glenn and his receivers, a staple of every passing game regardless of scheme or style.

As Bellefeuille would point out, the depth that receivers ran was off, unable to get to their proper spots that led to incompletions.

When the timing was on, dropped passes would deny any gain.

“He’s not going to feel good coming out of a game and I have no problem with that,’’ Bellefeuille said of Glenn. “I want to make sure this team understands as a coach the way this whether it’s Week 1, Week 10 or Week 18, no matter what play of the game it is, we’ve got to play well as a team and not just one position.”

No position, though, attracts as much attention than quarterback.

Glenn understands it more than anyone, but to question his reaction on Friday night is baseless.


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