Blue waiting to make call on starting QB

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

The budding quarterback controversy was front and centre again yesterday on Maroons Road.

This despite the fact that Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting quarterback Kevin Glenn's injured right thumb isn't broken and could be healthy enough for him to play Saturday when the 1-6 Bombers host the 0-6 Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"He has more movement in his thumb today, so he's gripping (the ball) a little bit better," Bombers offensive co-ordinator Mike Gibson said. "He's made a lot of progress in the last 24 hours, so we're encouraged.

"If he makes as much progress in the next 24 hours as he's made in the last 24 hours, it looks good. That's what we're counting on at least."

That didn't matter much yesterday to the relatively large media gathering, which peppered Gibson with questions about whether No. 2 Tee Martin or No. 3 Russ Michna would start if Glenn can't.

Bombers head coach Jim Daley was still in Calgary yesterday attending to a family matter, so Gibson was thrown to the wolves for the second straight day, despite the fact that he won't be making the decision.

Many fans are clamouring for Michna to play after he was 10-for-17 for 139 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Martin during Saturday's 30-21 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

"Sure, we're thinking about it," Gibson said. "He's made the decision tough."

Martin completed just five of 14 passes for 79 yards, but Gibson said receivers dropped six of his passes.

Gibson said if Glenn can't practise today, Martin and Michna will get equal reps.

Daley will be back in town today to face the same questions, but you get the feeling there will be a public revolt if he decides to go with Martin instead of Michna.

LATE HITS: Daley became the head coach a year ago today, and the Bombers are 6-12 under his watch ... Defensive co-ordinator Rod Rust, who took responsibility for at least one of Calgary's big passing plays Saturday night, acknowledged that opposing receivers are finding a 10-yard gap between the linebackers and secondary, and turning it into huge gains. "The deep coverage needs to eat up five of it, and the short coverage needs to eat up five of it," Rust said. "It's really about that simple. The other thing that has to happen is we have to be efficient with our rush and limit the quarterback's time."


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