The local quarterback controversy continues.
Winnipeg's Tee Martin, it seems, will start his fourth straight CFL match versus the Montreal Alouettes this Friday even if Kevin Glenn, the incumbent, is healthy enough to practise this week, Blue Bomber head coach Jim Daley indicated yesterday.
And Daley still refuses to go to his bullpen after Martin faltered in every appearance, and that will likely have the most loyal fans wailing in anguish.
"You don't get better sitting on the bench so, Tee Martin will get every snap that he can to allow him to get to a level of execution that allows us to be successful," Daley repeated.
Although Glenn recovered enough from his high ankle sprain to handle the scout team at last week's practices, Daley does not know if he is ready to take turns as the starting QB.
"Right now, physically, it's likely that Tee Martin will start," he said. "I'm not sure that Kevin is physically ready to play. If we're fortunate enough that Kevin is much more advanced than I am aware of, then we have an option. But I am not aware of that at this moment.
"Realistically, in most cases, it takes a player, once he starts practising, at least a week before he's back into (game) form to play at any position, especially quarterback."
And Daley does not want to give Glenn the necessary reps at the expense of Martin's if Glenn is still iffy.
And so far, there has been no indication that the Bombers are attempting to acquire an experienced CFL signal-caller, even with ex-Bomber Khari Jones waiting by the telephone.
So Daley is determined to stand by Martin, despite yet another poor outing. Martin completed only 11 of 29 passes for 142 yards, with no touchdowns as Winnipeg dropped a 14-12 decision to the Eskimos in Edmonton on Friday. In three starts (all losses), Martin has completed less than 45% of his passes.
"When a quarterback plays in our league for the first time, he goes through a learning curve which is a lot longer than a lot of people anticipate or have patience for," Daley explained. "The only way he learns or gets better is by going through it.
"I would say that Tee Martin is progressing normally. He has done a pretty good job in adapting to our league. His execution, obviously, he would like it at a better level and we would like it at a better level. But where we are functioning as an offence is a reflection of a lot of people, not just the quarterback."
In Martin's defence, he was plagued by dropped passes and a porous offensive line in previous appearances. But that does not account for missing wide-open targets versus the Eskimos on Friday.
"You are always hoping for more from every position, not just quarterback," Daley continued. "If it's perceived that he is not operating at a level that is high enough, that's quite understandable.
"(But) I am satisfied that he is making enough progress, absolutely, and obviously, we wish our progress as an offence and at quarterback was better. But I'm satisfied that he is making enough progress to continue to get his chance and to continue to play."