Kudos for QB Kevin

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

Doug Berry has been up front when assessing the starting quarterback he inherited since he was first hired as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

And that has included some pointed knocks on Kevin Glenn, especially after he threw a pair of late interceptions in Winnipeg's loss to the Alouettes in Montreal in its CFL season-opener. But Berry was quick to praise Glenn after the Bombers beat the Toronto Argonauts 16-9 in their home-opener Friday night.

EARLY SUCCESS

"I'm so glad to see him, after what happened last week in the fourth quarter, come out in the first series and have just so much success early," Berry said, referring to Winnipeg's opening drive in which it scored its only touchdown of the game. "And that made everybody believe that the gameplan we had (Friday) was going to work.

"I feel good for Kevin that he didn't feel like he had to make things happen himself. We wanted to be able to run the ball and just weren't going to do things to put our quarterback into any jeopardy."

And his teammates do believe in Glenn, even if his numbers were a modest 13 of 23 for 141 yards and no touchdowns, but with no picks.

"Kevin does a great job as a leader," said offensive lineman Dan Goodspeed. "No matter what anyone wants to say about him, he's a leader out there and if we give him time, he makes plays and we have a lot of confidence with him back there."

And that opening drive established the tone of the game.

"The hardest thing is to come out of the locker room and drive one down that first series," Goodspeed said. "It's something to be said that if you can go down the field against a good defence and score a touchdown. That gets your momentum going and it feels good the rest of the game knowing that you can move the football.

"Then, we faltered a little bit and we just said, 'Let's go back to what we were doing that first drive' and we went back to it.'"

Tailback Charles Roberts scored on a three-yard run and the Bombers never relinquished that lead.

"He (Glenn) wasn't flashy but overall, he was the winning quarterback," said Bombers GM Brendan Taman. "He outplayed the other team's quarterback (Spergon Wynn), so I was happy with him. Now he has a chance to outplay (Edmonton's) Ricky Ray next week."

Of course, Glenn got a lot of help from Roberts, who rushed for 133 yards on 32 carries.

"Don't take anything away from Charlie," Goodspeed responded when asked to compare the hype surrounding Toronto's NFL tailback Ricky Williams to the game Roberts had. "Charlie's a great back in this league and it feels good to get him those yards. We want to get more touchdowns out of it. Yards are yards, it's touchdowns that matter. But the bottom line is a win's a win.

"First win at home, we're happy with that. A little ugly on offence but a win's a win."

Williams, in case you missed it, gained a total of 14 yards on eight carries.


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