Glenn is No. 1 in Hammer again

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: 9:07 PM ET

HAMILTON - With his Ticats performing like a broken record, head coach Marcel Bellefeuille decided to set the record straight, at least as it applies at quarterback.

“We don’t have a two-quarterback system,’’ chimed the coach when an inquisitor asked if Hamilton’s two-pronged approach at the pivotal position will be repeated Thursday night in Toronto. “I find that odd.”

Odd, in reality, neatly sums up the Ticats, their season, their inability to establish any kind of momentum from one week to the next, the way people in Tiger Town have reacted to Bellefeuille’s handling of Kevin Glenn and Quinton Porter.

Oddly enough, without much provocation no less, Bellefeuille gave the impression Glenn will start against the Argos in the season finale.

Barring an injury or a complete meltdown, Glenn is expected to start next weekend in the Eastern semifinal, whether it’s in Montreal or in Winnipeg.

It’s become abundantly clear that Glenn’s days in the Hammer will soon come to an end, unless he’s able to guide Hamilton to the Grey Cup.

In a season where no team in the CFL has been able to rise above any other, nothing is impossible and virtually any team not located in Toronto or Regina is capable of claiming the title.

And that includes Hamilton, despite its many personalities and deficiencies, which surface each time a loss is suffered or when a win is produced.

The odds are long on Hamilton getting to Vancouver for the Grey Cup, which means Thursday night may turn out to be Glenn’s final regular season appearance as a Ticat.

The fact that it comes against the Argos provides just another subplot to the long-standing rivalry between the two teams.

The only team with as much uncertainty at quarterback, and we’re talking long term here, is the Argos.

All the words emanating from Argoland are eerily similar to the Cleo Lemon days, which is to say that nothing should be taken at face value.

Glenn has faced his share of adversity all season, beginning with the very beginning when he got pulled in the season opener against Winnipeg.

When he didn’t start last week in Regina, immediate concerns got raised, mainly behind closed doors or disguised by anonymous attribution, that a rift had been created between coach and quarterback, an uneasiness that permeated the locker room.

It’s often been said, but it bears repeating, that winning cures every ailment and the only way the Ticats can eliminate any doubt, real or perceived, is by winning a playoff game.

“The whole time, from Day 1, Kevin was our starter,’’ Bellefeuille added. “We were going to give significant time to Quinton to get him ready for the playoffs if need be.

“And that’s what we’ve been doing. We’ve accomplished what we wanted to do because three or four weeks ago, we weren’t sure.”

Against the Argos, there’s a good chance third-stringer Jason Boltus will get reps as Hamilton tries to end the year without incurring any additional injuries.

Avon Cobourne will make way for Daniel Porter at running back, receiver Marcus Thigpen is likely to sit, while on defence such stalwarts as Jamal Johnson and Rey Williams should get the night off.

The critics hounding Glenn are nothing new to the veteran, who can recall the naysayers from the time he took up football at age nine.

“I’ve always had to prove myself,’’ Glenn said. “I don’t lack confidence. It’s there.”

At the same time, Glenn acknowledges the moments of frustration during this perplexing Ticat season, which may end yet again with a 9-9 record if a win is achieved against the Argos.

“For any player, their worst critic is going to be themselves,’’ he said. “Some people may not know that, but we’re the first person who wants to go out there and do well.”

frank.zicarelli@sunmedia.ca


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