HAMILTON - Whether it’s Kevin Glenn or Quinton Porter who starts under centre, it’s of little significance for the time being when so much could be gained when the post-season begins.
Given their mounting injuries and the obvious need to re-define chemistry, the focus in the Hammer must be on the Eastern semifinal, a game that will be played on the road, which is probably a good thing in the wake of crushing playoff failure at home in back-to-back seasons.
For the Ticats, there are three games and three opportunities for either Glenn or Porter to finally prove that one deserves to be the incumbent signal caller.
When all is said and done following the Nov. 3 season finale in Toronto, the Ticats may realize that two quarterbacks capable of taking snaps and capable of taking a team on their shoulder when called upon is the prudent way to operate.
It’s not an ideal scenario, but Hamilton now has one game as a case study to evaluate and three games to try to sort it out.
Perhaps when the dust settles, it’s deemed that a new direction must be taken this off-season for a franchise that has yet, at least in recent years, to get over that proverbial hump from average to good with the potential to be great.
For now and for the foreseeable future, a rotation that sees both Glenn and Porter is workable and manageable.
If Glenn has learned anything from his tenure in the Hammer it’s that anything is possible, that one week you’re being anointed as the hero, the next you’re being fitted with goat horns.
If anyone needs a refresher course, rewind to this year’s season opener on Canada Day when Glenn got pulled in a close game for Porter, yet again being thrust into a perceived controversy when none existed.
For what it’s worth, expect Glenn to start this Saturday when the red-hot B.C. Lions visit Ivor Wynne Stadium in Arland Bruce’s return to Hamilton.
After getting banged up in last Sunday’s loss in Hamilton, Glenn looked very much pain-free and in control at Tuesday’s practice.
Much has been made of Glenn’s lack of a deep ball and limited abilities to apply pressure on defences with his legs, but what can’t get lost is Glenn’s efficiency when he’s playing at a high level.
With Glenn, there is no middle ground because he’s either good or bad.
And whether it’s Glenn or Porter who ultimately is asked to lead the Ticats into Winnipeg or Montreal for the East semifinal, Hamilton’s young receiving corps has to step up, the team’s injured defensive secondary needs to heal and above everything else the team’s internal leadership must take charge.
“As a player, all you can do is play when you’re given an opportunity,’’ Glenn said. “All that other stuff, as they like to call it, you throw it out the window, you try not to think about it.
“When your number is called, you have to go out and play, regardless of the situation. Whether you’re coming off the bench or starting, if they take you out or put you back in. It doesn’t matter.”
Against the Als on Sunday, Glenn lasted all of one series before Porter was asked to lead the offence.
Glenn started the second half and led the Ticats on a 10-play drive that would end in a missed goal.
The game would end with Porter connecting with Dave Stala on a touchdown that would force Hamilton into attempting a two-point convert.
“I felt good about it,’’ head coach Marcel Bellefeuille said of his decision to rotate his quarterbacks. “It was our first shot at it and both guys did some positive things. Neither guy had the whole game on their shoulders.”
Bellefeuille admits the move to get both Glenn and Porter involved was made when he reviewed game film from his team’s crushing home loss to the Blue Bombers.
“The day after that Winnipeg game, we started to evaluate where we were and what could be accomplished down the stretch,’’ he said.
Ultimately, these Ticats will be judged when the playoffs begin.
And until then, Glenn and Porter must be ready.
“I’m basically preparing as if I can play at any time,’’ Porter conceded. “You try to be better at visually taking each rep.”
With three games remaining, the Ticats are likely to rotate both Kevin Glenn and Quinton Porter at the all-important QB position as the post-season looms. The experiment began during last Sunday’s visit to Montreal, where the Ticats lost 27-25 by outscoring the Als 16-6 in the fourth quarter. Here’s a look at how Glenn and Porter performed in Montreal.
Att. Comp. Yds. Long Int. Td
24 16 201 34 2 0
Att. Comp. Yds. Long Int. Td
16 11 103 20 0 1