Unsettled QB situation could hold Bombers back

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Are the Winnipeg Blue Bombers only missing one piece of the puzzle?

The 2006 CFL regular season is still young, but it appears the Bombers have several key pieces to the puzzle that forms a successful playoff team.

In no particular order, the Blue and Gold have: An all-star running back in Charles Roberts, a rock-solid receiving core led by future hall of famer Milt Stegall, a stud at middle linebacker in Barrin Simpson and a very impressive defensive line.

But there is one key piece missing: A really good starting quarterback.

JURY STILL OUT ON GLENN

Current pivot Kevin Glenn, who'll start tonight against the visiting Edmonton Eskimos, might become that player - but the jury is still out.

Consider Glenn's resume:

- 14-22 as a starter in the CFL

- 9-17 as a starter in Winnipeg

- 0 TD passes this year

- 0 TD passes in the last four regular season games dating to last year

- Has already worn the goat horns once this year by imploding in the second half of the season-opener, throwing two key interceptions that sparked Montreal's comeback.

"By this time, a professional guy has to know that's not a throw you make," said Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry to the media after watching Glenn throw one of the interceptions.

But being slammed by his head coach in public doesn't seem to faze Glenn.

"I don't even listen to it," said Glenn after practice yesterday. "I try not to even read the newspapers and listen to the media.

"I am just trying to do my job."

In Glenn's defence, he has done his job well - at rare times. He threw 27 touchdowns last year while working under yet another new offensive co-ordinator.

In fact, in his six years in the CFL, Glenn has been forced to work with five different co-ordinators.

"As a quarterback you would like to get in a situation where you are in a particular offensive scheme for a number of years - and when you do that, that is where success starts to come consistently," he explained. "But this is the CFL - that is how this thing works."

On the positive side, he hasn't lost the confidence of his top receiver, Milt Stegall.

DUE FOR A BREAKOUT GAME?

In fact, Stegall truly believes Glenn is going to have a breakout game against Edmonton tonight.

"Because we are going to get opportunities," reasoned Stegall.

"Last week we didn't get too many opportunities because of the way Toronto plays their defence. We were going to run the ball (last week).

"But this week, Edmonton's defence opens up (the passing game)."

Besides making bold predictions, Stegall is also trying to change Glenn's attitude in this football hotbed in Winnipeg that is starving for a championship contending team.

"I always tell Kevin - 'We're just playing football,' " said Stegall.

"I tell him, 'We're not here to save any lives or change the world. So, just go out there and leave the past in the past.'

"Just control what you can control - which is right now."

But if Glenn doesn't put together a winning streak very soon, the rumours of the Bombers chasing other pivots - like Casey Printers if he's cut from the NFL - will only get louder this summer.


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