Recurring nightmare?

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:30 PM ET

We wonder how much sleep Blue Bomber boss Doug Berry got last night.

And if whatever shut-eye he did manage was fraught with nightmares of Anthony Calvillo dissecting his defence in the CFL season-opener next week.

Or of Ed Phillion running free through his offensive line to put his quarterback in a body bag.

Or of having no experienced safety against that vaunted Montreal offence.

Maybe Berry counted dropped passes in his sleep. Or penalties.

While two pre-season games may have answered a few of the new boss's questions about his revamped Bomber squad, we're guessing they left just as many unanswered.

Perhaps even raised a few new ones.

Like who in the name of John Hufnagel is going to be the backup quarterback?

Why, all of a sudden, does it seem that at the most critical position in three-down football, the Bombers have about as much depth as Paris Hilton?

Going into camp, the one thing to learn, we believed, was whether or not Kevin Glenn had it in him to rise to the challenge of grabbing the No. 1 job.

Glenn has done that, sort of, but everybody else seems to be clamouring to be No. 4.

First it was Brad Banks, the "steal" of the Ottawa Renegades dispersal draft. Or so we were told.

Banks looked so shaky in the pre-season opener, the Bombers deposited him at home for the follow-up in Montreal Thursday.

Thursday, it was Russ Michna's turn, and we'll let Michna himself assess his play in the 30-15 loss.

"It wasn't pretty, that's for sure," the lefty said, hitting it right on the money. "It wasn't what I, what we, had hoped for."

The Bombers were hoping somebody would have grabbed the No. 2 job by the throat by now. Instead, everybody's gagging on it.

When Berry had seen enough of Michna, he put in Mike Quinn, the 32-year-old journeyman NFL backup who impressed Berry during a brief stop in Montreal last season.

Quinn looked like, well, like a 32-year-old journeyman NFL backup.

Now, there are some extenuating circumstances at play here.

Michna banged up the thumb on his throwing hand, first play, against the Als, which may help explain his 3-for-11 night.

Quinn apparently hurt his arm. His numbers -- 6-for-23 -- make your head ache.

"Mike Quinn played a lot better than his numbers show," Berry said.

The coach wasn't overly thrilled with his O-line or his receivers, and why does that sound familiar?

But back to the quarterbacks, where it's obviously Kevin Glenn or bust to start the season.

And if Glenn does, indeed, bust -- he hasn't been the most durable pivot around, you know -- it could easily be early '05 all over again.

We shouldn't need to remind Bomber fans what happens when a team is ill-equipped at the backup passer position, but we will anyway.

Think Tee Martin, early last year.

Martin's poor production cost this team at least one game, and we all know how that turned out.

We asked the head coach how important it is to have a strong backup.

"You'd like to," Berry said. "But I've been a number of years in Montreal without one."

Yeah, but he also had Calvillo at No. 1.

"We've still got some good competition there," Berry said.

Of course, we may be getting our tights in a tizzy for nothing.

After all, pre-season games can be about as meaningful as a Brittany Spears wedding vow.

It just would have been nice if some of the other quarterbacks had stepped up and said, "I do" by their play the last two weeks. As in, they do want the job.

As it stands, this wedding party may have its Mr. Right.

But it still needs a best man.


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