Who'll start at QB for Hamilton?

Tiger-Cats quarterback Kevin Glenn throws against the Lions at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton,...

Tiger-Cats quarterback Kevin Glenn throws against the Lions at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ont., Oct. 22, 2011. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:03 PM ET

HAMILTON - It’s neither a conundrum nor a concern, a fact of football life in Tiger Town that’s as obvious as the clouds that descended on the Hammer Wednesday.

Two quarterbacks with no definitive incumbent, two guys who bring different skills to the table and two guys who know each will be given an opportunity.

Outside of the armchair quarterbacks who indulge in second guessing, it’s of little significance whether Kevin Glenn or Quinton Porter starts this weekend in Regina or in next week’s season finale in Toronto.

Whether the Ticats post yet another 9-9 season or finally breakthrough with a 10-win season, the ultimate test will be in the Eastern semifinal, a road game that will feature a matchup against either the Blue Bombers or the Als.

The key is to ball protection, converting on second down and capitalizing on score-zone opportunities.

While they played with an edge that must somehow be harnessed in dismantling a red-hot B.C. Lions team Saturday night, the Ticats, at least offensively, weren’t exactly operating at peak efficiency, which is probably best because it provides the team areas that require cleaning.

Of Hamilton’s 42 points, 21 were the result of seven Justin Medlock field goals, one touchdown came off a defensive score and one offensive major was produced in the wake of a blocked punt that was returned deep into Lions territory.

“Both did a good job,” head coach Marcel Bellefeuille said of his team’s quarterback play. “They didn’t turn the ball over, which is always positive.

“They made good decisions, made some good throws and they made plays.”

Whatever Bellefeuille has up his sleeve, and obviously he does, he’s not willing to share it.

All that is known and all that matters is both Glenn and Porter understand each will get snaps.

For Bellefeuille, there’s no point in naming a starter because it serves no purpose.

Heading into the semifinal, the Ticats will have four games under their belt by operating with a two-man quarterback rotation, barring an injury of course.

“I don’t know if it matters at this point,” Bellefeuille conceded when the issue of a starter was broached. “At this point, both guys can play and both guys are capable of playing.”

In Montreal, Glenn and Porter gave their team a chance to win, which is all one can ask. The Ticats lost the game 27-25, but who knows what would have unfolded had Aaron Kelly not broken off his route in the end zone on a busted coverage when Hamilton attempted a two-point convert.

Against B.C., some dropped passes undermined Glenn’s numbers, while Porter benefitted from great field position when given reps.

“Both are playing with a confidence level,” Bellefeuille said. “And I hope that improves in the next two games.

“I know for a fact that both will be playing.”

The fact Hamilton will be on the road to end the season and when the post-season begins means the team must deal with noise.

It’s why practices involve silent counts, ironing out waggles and ensuring every player on offence is on the same page when it comes to communication.

Following Saturday’s meeting against the Roughriders, the Ticats will have a short week to prepare for the Argos, but will then have more than enough time to get ready for the East semifinal.

If Hamilton’s matchup is determined by as early as this weekend, it allows the luxury of game planning earlier rather than later for the post-season.

“That’s a big part of it because you have to be able to project who we play,” Bellefeuille said of Hamilton’s playoff foe. “The earlier the better because it’ll be almost like having a bye week.”

Not that any Ticats-Argos game is meaningless, but if Hamilton goes into the season finale knowing its post-season opponent, it does allow for personnel changes and schemes to be impacted.

And that includes the all-important decision at quarterback.


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