QB not feeling pressure

Winnipeg Blue Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn still has something to prove to coach Doug Berry...

Winnipeg Blue Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn still has something to prove to coach Doug Berry before the CFL season starts next week. (Winnipeg Sun/Jon Schledewitz)

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

MONTREAL -- It was less than a week ago that Doug Berry declared that Winnipeg's starting quarterback's job was still up for grabs.

The rookie Blue Bombers head coach said so due to his disappointment in the performance of incumbent quarterback Kevin Glenn in last week's pre-season match versus Montreal. So, the pressure must be on Glenn when the Bombers take on the Alouettes here tonight. Right?

"None that I've put on him, I hope, other than what's imposed on wanting to become a quarterback of a team," Berry said yesterday. "I have never said to him, 'Gee, you'd better do it this week or else.'

"There's pressure on every position. Every position wants to be able to perform and be the guy."

Although there is speculation that Russ Michna could wrest the starter's role away from him tonight, Glenn denied feeling any extra tension.

"I never put any added pressure on myself," he said. "You just go out and play your game. I've been doing this for a long time so, there's no need for added pressure. Why stress yourself out over things that you can't control? All I can control is coming out to play. I'm not going to worry about it. If I worry about it, I'd go bald."

But don't let that attitude fool you.

"All my life, that's the way I've been," said Glenn, 26. "I mean, I take things seriously as a player, I'm just not going to stress myself out over it."

And yes, he still has something to prove.

"You always try to get better and as you get better, you prove things," he said. "I think I've improved every year in this league. I've taken the steps and right now, you want to take that next step. And that next step is taking your team to a playoff and possibly to the Grey Cup."

But first, he needs to become more consistent.

"Consistency breeds confidence," said Glenn, who will start tonight.

Berry pointed out that it took Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo years of grooming before he became a CFL superstar.

"What I'm looking for is for anybody in the quarterback position to show me the traits that are necessary, show me your commitment to win, your dedication to win and all the things that go along with it," said the former Montreal offensive co-ordinator. "I think we have that here. We still have the possibilities of having a very successful quarterback in Winnipeg."

Glenn, Michna and Mike Quinn will get equal time tonight.

"It is the last pre-season game so yeah, it's my last chance," said Quinn. "Nothing's going to be handed to me. I have to go out there and earn it."


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