'Adequate' Glenn raring to go

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 2:28 PM ET

Doug Berry didn't exactly give a ringing endorsement on Thursday when asked if Kevin Glenn was his No. 1 quarterback.

Berry, the new Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach, said Glenn was "adequate" and that he was "comfortable" with him, but that was only from what he'd seen of Glenn on film.

In other words, Glenn better be ready when training camp opens in May.

"I'm anxious to know what he thinks about the QB situation," Glenn said yesterday from his hometown of Detroit. "You wonder if he thinks you're able or capable to do the job."

Despite having one of the CFL's top quarterback efficiency ratings in his first full season as a starter, the jury still seems to be out on the 26-year-old.

"I feel like I've proven myself in this league, and I'm eager to see what happens," Glenn said. "I feel like the Winnipeg club wants me. I'll have to wait and see."

Glenn is entering the option year of a three-year contract with the Bombers, and he told the Sun after the season that the priority the team put on the renegotiations would tell him a lot.

Bombers GM Brendan Taman spent the five weeks searching for a head coach, so he hasn't had a lot of time to talk contract with Glenn. In addition, players who will be free agents in February will be first on Taman's list.

As for the hiring of Berry itself, Glenn is excited about the prospect of working with someone who helped Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo dominate the league.

"It's a good thing. He knows how to win," Glenn said. "That's one thing we need to do in Winnipeg.

"I'm eager and anxious to work with him."

Glenn has even spoken to Alouettes backup Ted White about Berry.

"He said he's good to work with," Glenn said.

Glenn is also interested in seeing whom Berry will hire as the team's offensive co-ordinator. There's a chance that Berry will keep Mike Gibson in the position, because they have known one another since the mid-1980s.

Under Gibson's guidance last season, Glenn completed 57.3% of his passes for 3,571 yards and 27 touchdowns, which were third-most in the league. Those are solid numbers considering Glenn missed three games and most of a fourth due to injury.

Glenn, however, threw 17 interceptions, and three of them came at critical junctures in two games that the Bombers had good chances of winning.

Glenn possessed the league's second-best efficiency rating at one point during the campaign, but he struggled down the stretch and ended up in fifth spot behind B.C.'s Dave Dickenson, Toronto's Damon Allen, Calgary's Henry Burris and Calvillo.


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