The same questions were raised last year, the identical line of questioning Hamilton head coach Marcel Bellefeuille was subjected to, even though everyone knew the answers.
There’s no questioning Bellefeuille’s commitment to embattled quarterback Kevin Glenn, who got pulled in Week 1 in a one-possession game midway through the fourth quarter.
There’s no question Bellefeuille will pull the plug tonight in Edmonton if Glenn and the offence sputters like it did against the Bombers.
When timing becomes an issue that can’t be resolved in-game, very little production gets achieved through the air.
When a quarterback, an experienced signal-caller no less, is going through mechanical problems that are inexplicable as they are troublesome, underthrown passes, overthrown passes, passes that are easily picked off, begin to unfold.
Whether it was his foot work, fading away when his shoulders should have been squared to the line of scrimmage, making the proper reads, Glenn had one of those evenings that is best to forget.
“This is the same conversation we had going into Edmonton last year,’’ Bellefeuille said when the topic of Glenn versus backup Quinton Porter was broached. “I’m surprised you guys (media) are surprised.
“At the end of the day, I have full confidence in Kevin and I know he’s going to respond and have a great day.”
Throughout the week, the Ticats offence was making all the adjustments that resulted in last week’s one-touchdown game, which was produced after a blocked punt by Markeith Knowlton.
Receivers such as Arland Bruce III spent more time working with the jugs gun following some uncharacteristic dropped passes.
It’s redemption time for players such as Glenn and Bruce, who need to step up.
In the CFL, slow starts can always be overcome given only two of the eight-team league don’t qualify for the post-season.
Teams can muddle along, stay within range until the real push begins, which usually arrives in the season’s final six games.
But given how similar last week’s loss looked to last post-season’s bitter defeat to the Argos, the sense of urgency with Hamilton’s offence is palpable.
“It’s still Week 2,’’ Glenn said. “Nobody’s won the Grey Cup in Week 2. We will go out this game and we will execute.”
The scouting report on Glenn is simple: When he’s on, he’s good; when he’s off, he’s bad.
Good starts for Glenn are a must. It seems like the early going often provides a glimpse of what Glenn has in store for that game.
If he continues to throw off his back foot, like he did last week when a simple underneath route should have led to a long gain, Glenn will be in for a long night, forcing Bellefeuille to make a decision.
“Kevin’s going to bounce back and he’s going to play a good football game. I’m certain of that,” Bellefeuille said.
In contrast, Ricky Ray played like the Ricky Ray of old under new offensive co-ordinator Marcus Crandell.
Accurate and decisive in the pocket, Ray’s ability to make plays with his feet, an under-rated dimension, were in vintage form against Saskatchewan. Edmonton was able to run the ball, which kept the Riders off balance.
What Hamilton will try to do Saturday night is try to make Edmonton one dimensional by stopping the run and then taking aim on Ray.
“He had time against Saskatchewan,’’ Ticat LB Jamall Johnson said of Ray. “He was able to move around the pocket and see his first read and go to the next.
“We got to disguise things and get pressure up front to slow him down.”
If not, Hamilton’s defence will be in for a long night, a fate its offence experienced last week.