QB job up for grabs

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

The play of the starting quarterback will be pivotal to the success of the offence.

And Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry is still waiting for Kevin Glenn, the incumbent, to rise up and seize that role.

"The quarterback job is still up for grabs, really," Berry said in the aftermath of Winnipeg's 25-24 loss to the Montreal Alouettes in Friday's CFL pre-season match.

"I don't think his performance (Friday) night demonstrated that he has to be our starter," Berry said. "He'll continue to get some reps, there's no question about that. But I'm still waiting to see it. He'll still have opportunity to show it.

"I would have liked to have seen Kevin have a great night but he didn't. He did OK but it wasn't great and we've got to get some great play from our quarterback."

Although Glenn completed eight of 15 passes for 76 yards in the final quarter, Berry admitted he was "somewhat" disappointed in him.

"We tried to put him in an opportunity where he would have a chance to move the team and potentially even a come-from-behind situation, and he was in that situation," Berry said.

RUSHED THROWS

"We obviously didn't have all of our best players around him. Nevertheless, we were in the situation and we weren't able to perform what we wanted to do."

Berry believes Glenn may have rushed some throws after watching the way Montreal had blitzed Brad Banks in the third quarter and may have been wondering how the offensive line would handle it.

"Those things go into the back of a quarterback's mind," Berry said. "But really, if you're the true quarterback, you just can't think about those things. You have to assume that everything's going to be right."

Banks, who had been projected as the No. 2 guy, had problems handling the Montreal blitz when the Als overloaded one side.

"He came over to the sidelines and I put my arm around him and said, 'Brad, until you show people you can handle this, you're going to get it all day long,'" Berry said. "And he knows it. So, I told (offensive co-ordinator Mike Gibson) to make sure we just call the simplest things and we're not going to ask Brad to do too much to keep it easier for him because this is a new offence."

Berry was relatively pleased with quarterbacks Russ Michna and Mike Quinn.

Michna started against the Als and completed five of nine passes for 53 yards. Quinn also was 5-for-9 and threw for the Bombers only major on the night, hooking up with Quentin McCord on a a 24-yard TD pass.

The Bombers, by the way, were given yesterday off.


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