Who's on first in Ticatland?
By Bill Lankhof, QMI Agency
|QB Quinton Porter of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats throws past Keron Williams of the B.C. Lions during last week's game at Ivor Wynne Stadium. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - It is possible to be the Ticats’ starting quarterback, but not, uh, actually start.
But, to understand how that works, it is necessary to be the Tiger-Cats’ head coach Marcel Bellefeuille. In a convoluted exchange with reporters, Bellefeuille insisted this week that Kevin Glenn was the club’s “starter.”
Then, he suggested that didn’t mean Quinton Porter wouldn’t actually be behind centre for the opening series Saturday.
Question: Is Glenn the starting quarterback still?
“Yes,” said Bellefieulle, “Kevin is our starting quarterback. He might not be up first all the time but he is our starting quarterback.”
Question: So, he could be the starting quarterback without actually being the quarterback who starts?
“That could happen.”
Glenn and Porter have split time the last two weeks. Glenn played a single series against Montreal on Oct. 16 before giving way to Porter, then returning for the second half. He started again in last week’s win over B.C. but Porter took over after 30 minutes.
“There’s no advantage in terms of who starts, it’s just about what we’re trying to accomplish when they are in the game,” Bellefeuille said. “Each week we’re trying a different routine and taking a look at what might work best. We have two more games to work at it.”
So, if he’s trying to see what each player can do and Porter played the first half against Montreal and Glenn started last week, it would mean Porter should start this week. Right?
“You could see that, or they could alternate every other series. We could have them play the first and third quarter, the other the second and fourth. There’s different ways,” said Bellefeuille.
Meantime, Glenn, asked if he would be surprised if he didn’t start, deadpanned: “Do you know something I don’t know?
“Yeah. I could be surprised. But it’s nothing I can control. So it’s really useless for me to say anything.”
Conclusion: If playing defence against the two quarterback system is half as difficult as hearing about it; they might as well start carving the Ticats’ name into the Grey Cup now.