Glenn intrigued by Steinauer

Tiger-Cats quarterback Kevin Glenn says Argos new defensive co-ordinator Orlondo Steinauer will...

Tiger-Cats quarterback Kevin Glenn says Argos new defensive co-ordinator Orlondo Steinauer will have "a couple of tricks up his sleeve." (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters file photo)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:28 AM ET

HAMILTON - The day will come, later rather than sooner, when Kevin Glenn will begin to make the transition from player to coach, a process that seems natural given his lineage and intellect.

During his time in the CFL, the veteran quarterback has seen some of his contemporaries, gracefully and unceremoniously, make the leap from competing to scheming.

Glenn’s offensive co-ordinator with the Ticats, Khari Jones, has made the move appear seamless, an evolution Glenn envisioned when he was battling brawn and brains with Orlondo Steinauer, Toronto’s recently anointed defensive co-ordinator.

Glenn knows from experience that changing an entire system, be it on offence or on a defence, doesn’t happen overnight, but tweaks are more than manageable, imprints capable of being produced in the matter of days in a practice setting.

The rule of thumb is to worry about one’s own lot and control only the areas within one’s grasp, but there is an element to Steinauer’s hire that intrigues Glenn.

“You have to definitely take into account the switch in defensive co-ordinators,’’ Glenn said following Tuesday’s session at Ivor Wynne Stadium, where on Saturday night the Ticats will play host to the Argos and the unveiling of Steinauer as a co-ordinator.

“I’m sure there’s a couple of things Orlondo will have up his sleeve.”

Just how much change Steinauer will have on an Argos defence that has yielded far too many points and far too many sustained drives is hard to tell.

Following five straight losses, head coach/GM Jim Barker decided a change was required and parted ways with Chip Garber, who once served as a defensive backs assistant in the Hammer.

Steinauer played in Hamilton, but it was under Rich Stubler as an Argo where Steinauer’s legacy began to get forged, a reputation Glenn admired because of Steinauer’s cerebral approach to defence.

In many ways, Steinauer was the quarterback in the defensive backfield, always aware of his responsibilities and surroundings.

Equally adept was Mike O’Shea, the Argos’ special teams co-ordinator, like Steinauer a disciple of the Stubler defence.

“I played against Steinauer,’’ Glenn continued. “And he played under Stubler. You get guys like Orlondo and O’Shea and you have two guys who fully understand Stubler’s defence.

“I’ve been around and we can expect some of that (Stubler’s schemes). I know he’ll (Steinauer) have them (Argos) ready.

“He’s an ex-player who had success, a guy who knows that defence.”

In the game within the game, the Steinauer-led Argos defence versus the Ticats offence looms as the biggest area worth watching, arguably the most impactful matchup.

Multiple looks on the line of scrimmage, different blitz packages from different angles, mixing things up in the secondary, everything and anything is now possible with an Argos defence that was too passive in recent weeks and by extension too vulnerable.

At the end of the day, Glenn knows it’s more incumbent on his offence to worry about its own game planning and preparation than anything the Argos might have in store.

At 3-3, the Ticats are coming off a loss in Calgary, where the team did not play well in the second half.

At intermission, the visitors led 20-13, but Hamilton would falter in the second half, losing 32-20.

“We were just flat in the second half,’’ Glenn said. “Sometimes that happens in football.

“It’s sad when people try to make it bigger than it really is. We just didn’t get in a rhythm on offence and you simply have to get into a rhythm.

“In the first half, we were in a rhythm, but in the second half we just couldn’t get anything going.”

According to Glenn, the one consolation was how the Ticats still had a chance to pull out a win, despite their many second-half struggles, with five minutes remaining in the game.

“It’s something to learn from,” he added. “We know we can do it. Next time we’re in that situation, we have to man up.”


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