Glenn ain't sweatin' it

Kevin Glenn is confident he has what it takes to keep his job as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers'...

Kevin Glenn is confident he has what it takes to keep his job as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' starting QB. (Winnipeg Sun/Jon Schledewitz)

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

Doug Berry is still waiting for Kevin Glenn -- or anyone, for that matter -- to reach up and seize the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' starting quarterback job.

Glenn is doing everything in his power to accomplish that.

He's just trying not to think about it.

"This kind of thing can make you go crazy, so you try to not even worry about it," said Glenn yesterday. "You gotta be mentally tough, especially at this position because of how they scrutinize the position, how it's looked upon under a microscope in every situation.

"So you have to be very strong-minded. You can't let this kind of stuff get to you."

Glenn completed eight of 15 passes for 76 yards during the fourth quarter of Friday's 25-24 pre-season loss to the Montreal Alouettes.

His competition for the job -- Mike Quinn, Russ Michna and Brad Banks -- didn't blow anyone out of the water, either.

Berry said Saturday that Glenn, the team's incumbent No. 1, did "OK, but it wasn't great" and that the job is still up for grabs.

Bombers GM Brendan Taman was a little easier on Glenn yesterday, saying the 26-year-old has established himself and needs to "continue to build on that."

Taman noted the variables Glenn was dealing with in the fourth quarter of Friday's contest.

"You gotta take into consideration who he was playing with and where was he looking to get the ball," said Taman. "He was not playing with (Milt) Stegall and (Chris) Brazzell, but he's also expected to make the right decisions sometimes.

"Not that he made wrong ones, but exhibitions are really weird sometimes, because you can get a tainted view of something really quick."

Taman expects Glenn will have a much better performance when the Bombers and Alouettes meet in the second and final pre-season tilt for both teams on Thursday in Montreal.

'A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED'

"I'm expecting him to play with the Stegalls and the Brazzells and the Charlies of the world, and I think you'll see better production from him," said Taman.

"I'm not worried about it. I was a little disappointed on some things, but with the coaching we have, that'll get corrected quickly. And his decision making will be fine. I'm not panicked yet."

Glenn, in fact, is confident enough in his abilities he would have no problem calling his own plays. He got a chance to guide the offence a little bit on Friday for the first time in his career.

"That's a lot on the quarterback," he said, "(but) I'm ready to take that step."

The first thing he has to do, however, is win the job. He sounds sick and tired of the media asking him if he's good enough to be the man, and it has to be even tougher when your own coach is wondering the same thing.

Despite that, the Detroit native, who has a 14-20 record as a CFL starter, continues to answer those questions, and he will take his even-tempered approach -- which some perceive as indifference -- into Thursday's final pre-season match.

"Going out and doing what I do (is his plan for Thursday). Just go out and play. There's nothing you can worry about," he said.

"The nature of this sport is you have to go out every day and prove yourself until you make someone a believer, I guess."


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