Just Wynn, baby

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

The irony is simply delicious.

Spergon Wynn, the fourth-string quarterback the Winnipeg Blue Bombers sent packing last winter, led the Toronto Argonauts to victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a relief role for the injured Damon Allen in a CFL match Saturday.

Not only that but Wynn completed 18 of 28 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.

Winnipeg's incumbent QB Kevin Glenn completed 15 of 26 tosses, with no TDs and two picks, in a losing cause to Montreal on the weekend.

Guess who's coming to dinner this Friday?

"I know people are going to say, 'Why'd you get rid of him?'" Bombers GM Brendan Taman correctly predicted yesterday. "And if he beats us Friday, it makes us look that much worse. But I'm not concerned with people's evaluation of the trade."

Seems to us, though, the Bombers would have been better off to keep Wynn around as Winnipeg's current backups have minimal CFL experience while Wynn started some games in B.C. before Taman acquired him.

CRUMBY DEAL

Taman sent Wynn to Toronto for non-import safety Mike Crumb -- who retired instead of reporting -- and a second-round draft pick that went back to Toronto to allow the Bombers to select Canadian offensive lineman Val St. Germain in the Ottawa Renegades dispersal draft. But Taman was not about to second-guess himself.

"I'm not going to force guys into situations where they're not comfortable being and we're not comfortable with," he said.

(The Kyries Hebert situation, then, must be a completely different story.)

"(Wynn) missed half the year because of his knee (injury) and ended up being behind Kevin, Tee (Martin) and Russ (Michna) and he wasn't enamoured with coming back to the same situation," Taman explained. "So, I said I would try to move him.

"He needed a change and got one."

But since Martin didn't report and Michna was cut, chances are Wynn would have been at least No. 2 by now -- that is, if he performed like he did Saturday.

"Spergon played really well," Taman said. "He really struggled in the two exhibition games but (Argos offensive co-ordinator) Kent (Austin) did a good job of getting him ready and I'm really happy for him. I just hope that he doesn't play that well here."

Before he got hurt in Winnipeg last year, Wynn had shown little grasp of the Bomber offence and did not display the type of talent that motivated Taman to send a first-round draft pick to the Leos to get him. And that was after Wynn had lost his backup job to some guy named Casey Printers.

On the other hand, the Bombers were so high on Tee Martin that they give him every chance to prove himself last season, only he proved to be a bust.

"After 18 games, we'll see how we come out on our quarterback end and we'll see how they (Argos) do on their quarterback end," Taman said. "You know, I got the same kind of (negative) reviews after I got (quarterback) Khari Jones from B.C."

That proved to be one of the best deals he made here. But this trade has yet to be completed. Because Crumb retired, the Argos owe Winnipeg compensation, Taman confirmed.

"That's still to be determined but I'm not worried about that right now," he said.

Nor is he worried about Glenn.

"He'll be fine," Taman assured. "That whole outcome in Montreal was not due to Kevin Glenn alone but those who surrounded him, like the offensive line, too. Even the coaches took some of the blame, and those things will be corrected."

If not, there will be a lot more QB questions coming.


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