Banks slides in backup battle

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:08 PM ET

All eyes, it seemed, were on the four players battling it out for Winnipeg's starting quarterback job.

The four pivots were under close scrutiny when the Blue Bombers took on the Montreal Alouettes in a CFL pre-season match at Canad Inns Stadium last night.

The early returns have both Mike Quinn and Russ Michna moving ahead of Brad Banks in the battle of the backups.

Quinn got off to a spotty start but at least looked sharp on Winnipeg's only touchdown drive in a 25-24 loss. He capped a six-play, 70-yard drive with a 24-yard TD toss to import wide receiver Quentin McCord.

"It was something to build on," said Quinn, who completed five of nine passes for 65 yards and one TD. "When I get a chance to see it on tape, I'll critique it pretty hard and know that I have to speed things up. It wasn't bad for my first CFL action, I guess.

"It felt good to put some points on the board."

Quinn was also sacked once.

Michna, who got the start, led the offence on a pair of drives that led to field goals but failed to score a touchdown.

'BETTER EACH TIME'

"I thought it went OK," said Michna, who completed five of nine passes for 53 yards. "There were a few things I thought went very well and there were a few things that I didn't do very well. So, those are the things you've got to correct. It's a new offence and you've got to get out there and get used to running it. Hopefully, it will get better each time."

Michna led the Bombers to seven points -- two field goals and a single -- in his quarter of action.

Banks, who has been projected as the No. 2 man behind incumbent Kevin Glenn, did not fare as well. He played the third quarter, completing two of five passes for 20 yards and misfired badly on several attempts. He was also sacked twice.

"I know I missed a few throws but I was just trying to get something going out there," said Banks, who scrambled for 15 yards on two carries. "I'm a little bit hard on myself most of the time about the way I play. I know I can do better and I'm just going to show that next week."

Glenn, meanwhile, had one drive that led to a 17-yard field goal and failed to move the ball much beyond that.

"That's to be expected in your first pre-season game," said Glenn, who completed eight of 15 tosses for 76 yards. "It (his performance) was all right; it can always get better.

"You're limited in the plays you're going to run because we play these guys six times, so we don't want to show them things."


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