Kevin Glenn claims he will not be thinking about Khari Jones tomorrow night.
Not one bit.
Glenn, who became the Winnipeg Blue Bombers No. 1 quarterback when Jones was traded to the Calgary Stampeders last month, will not view tomorrow night's game at Canad Inns Stadium as Kevin vs. Khari.
"I haven't even thought about that," Glenn said yesterday. "It'll be great to get a win not for that fact, but just for the simple fact that we'll end the season with a win, that we can come back next season off a win.
Nor is Glenn worried that a strong performance from Jones, coupled with a subpar outing from himself, would have fans calling for GM Brendan Taman's head.
"If Friday night changes the way some fans think, then they're not fans," Glenn said. "If you're a Blue Bomber fan, you're a Blue Bomber fan, regardless of who's playing on the team.
"Now, when you get into fans liking individual players, then that's another thing."
What Glenn will be focused on is delivering a strong performance to remove any doubt as to who the team's starting pivot should be in 2005.
WAITING IN THE WINGS
With former University of Tennessee star Tee Martin waiting in the wings, there have been rumblings that he is the real quarterback of the future. Martin said his primary goal this winter will be to hook up with an NFL team, but he wants to come back to Winnipeg if he can't get another shot down south.
Glenn would like to know, prior to next year's training camp, if he's No. 1 or not.
"You want to know from the get-go from the club that, 'OK, Kevin, you are the starter. You are our guy, and that's how it's going to go,' " Glenn said. "There's a lot of guys out there that are going to be free agents, so who knows.
"You try not to think about it, but who knows will be the coach next year and what guy they like at quarterback. There's uncertainty there, too.
"... With everything that went on this year, going into next year will determine if this is my team."
This season, Glenn has completed 151 of 254 attempts -- a completion percentage of 59.4% -- for 2,114 yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
In his time with the Bombers, Jones completed 168 of 300 attempts (56%) for 2,138 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Glenn disregards the fact that the Bombers are 0-3 since the trade and that Jones is 1-1 as the Stamps starter (and should be 2-0 considering the officials blew the call on the final play of Friday night's game in B.C.).
"Once you start thinking about that stuff," Glenn said, "you take your mind off of the game and other things that really matter to the player."
What will matter to Glenn tomorrow night is his performance. It's the last question of the most important job interview of his life. How he answers it could determine a lot.
"I'm lucky, given the situation that we had this year, that I had a chance to play and show the club what Kevin Glenn is capable of doing," he said. "I had to take care of my end of the deal and once I take care of my end of the deal, then all the other stuff will fall into place and you leave that stuff up to the coaches and the head office people.
"That's how I'm approaching this game."