Jim Daley, who usually spews nothing but cliches and carefully construed comments, went a little wild yesterday.
Perhaps Labour Day Classic fever is getting to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach, because he went out of his way to praise his quarterback, Kevin Glenn, who's playing the best football of his career.
"Watch No. 5," Daley said in reference to Glenn's number. "He'll have a great game against Saskatchewan.
"He's hot. He's playing with great poise, great leadership, he's on top of his game, and he has the confidence."
The 39th Labour Day Classic, the CFL's annual Prairie grudge match featuring the Bombers (3-7) and the Roughriders (3-6), goes Sunday night at Taylor Field in Regina.
And unless your name is Troy Westwood, comments such as Daley's aren't heard in the days leading up to the drinking party that disguises itself as a football game.
Normally, the coach would say Glenn is playing well and needs to continue doing so. Nothing more, nothing less.
That wasn't the case yesterday.
"Offensively we're playing very good football," Daley continued. "One, we have a good surrounding cast, and two, we have a quarterback who's on top of his game.
"He'll be a big factor Sunday, and he'll use his weapons, like Milt (Stegall), very well.
"... It's really reassuring to our team."
Glenn's numbers back up Daley's comments. The five-year CFL veteran is riding a three-game streak of at least 300 passing yards and three touchdowns -- a feat even Khari Jones can't say he accomplished -- and the Bombers would have won all three contests had the defence not blown it last Friday in Hamilton.
The laid-back Glenn, who spent the first three years of his career in Saskatchewan, took his coach's comments in stride.
"You can always do better," he said. "It's a compliment from a coach, hearing it from the coach, but at the same you have to go out and you have to keep playing.
"You can't take a day off. You can't take a down off."
Some critics have suggested that the Bombers' 41-39 loss to the Tiger-Cats last Friday was actually Glenn's fault, considering he threw two interceptions in the last 2:04 of the game.
That's quite a stretch, and Glenn claims to have already forgotten about the dismal ending to a game in which he passed for a career-high 416 yards.
"I haven't thought about it since the day it ended. It's over with," he said. "You learn from it as far as mistakes you made, but it's nothing in particular."
Glenn thought it was a free play after seeing a flag just prior to his first interception, but it was actually a penalty against Winnipeg. The second one, he said, was just a great play by Ticats defensive back Airabin Justin, who stepped in front of Bombers receiver Chris Brazzell.
"The guy made a break on the ball," Glenn said. "If I go back tomorrow, I'll make the same throw. I believe in Brazzell, and I believe that we can get it done.
"I believe in the other receivers, so I'll make the same throw."
That statement shows just how confident Glenn is and why Daley is so giddy. The offence, despite playing lowly Hamilton twice, is purring in an offensive league.
"Aside from all the personal and individual accolades, we're growing as an offence, and that was my biggest concern," Glenn said.
"In this business, you need everybody to drive together. You need all cylinders working. You don't need just one driver. You gotta have the whole team together."