QB question looms

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

A quarterback subplot is emerging as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers continue submerging in the CFL's West Division.

The Blue and Gold returned to Winnipeg yesterday with their tails between their legs following a 30-21 loss to the Calgary Stampeders Saturday night at McMahon Stadium.

It dropped their record to 1-6, which leaves them four points out of the third and final playoff spot in the West Division.

The franchise hasn't been five games under .500 since they finished the 1999 season with a 6-12 mark. That's the big, ugly picture.

However, a smaller but no less important topic is transpiring as the team begins preparations for their home game Saturday night against the 0-6 Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Will Kevin Glenn be healthy enough to play Saturday?

Should rookie third-stringer Russ Michna start ahead of Tee Martin if Glenn can't go?

And where does Spergon Wynn fit in all of this?

Glenn injured his right thumb late in the first quarter of Saturday's contest, so Martin took over and completed just five of 14 passes for 79 yards and a pair of interceptions over the next two quarters.

Bombers head coach Jim Daley and offensive co-ordinator Gibson blamed most of Martin's woes on his receivers dropping seven passes and poor route running, and they put Michna in at to start the fourth when the game was out of reach.

All Michna did was complete 10 of 17 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. The most passing yards Martin mustered in any of his three starts earlier this season was 142.

Bombers offensive co-ordinator Mike Gibson said Michna wasn't facing Calgary's B team in garbage time, either.

"I'm not taking anything away from the young man as far as saying he was in against the shocked troops or the backups or anything like that," Gibson said.

Which begs the big question: If Glenn can't go Saturday, will it be Martin or Michna?

"I would say Tee would start," Daley said. "But certainly this gives us an opportunity now to look at Russ and just see how he compared and how he did."

Daley called Martin's performance "adequate," while Gibson said he played "decently." Not exactly rousing endorsements.

Michna, meanwhile, showed the poise and patience that had the Bomber brass raving about him during training camp.

"Russ went in there and the numbers make him look really good," Gibson said. "He did a good job for someone who hasn't played since the last pre-season game."

Michna was pleased with his performance, but he was saying all the things a rookie should say following the game.

"I'm still here to back these two guys up," he said. "That's all I'm here to do."

And what about Wynn? He is, after all, the only other Bomber quarterback -- besides Glenn -- who had CFL experience prior to this season.

Well, he missed practice last week due to tendinitis in his knee.

"Spergon, prior to last week, has done a good job in practices," Gibson said. "He's worked to get better and has done that.

"I just don't know what Spergon's status is as of today."


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