Blue could rue backup plan at QB

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

Just coming off holidays so I'm a little late chiming in on this subject, especially given the fact that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have already settled on a new backup quarterback for injured starter Kevin Glenn.

But it says here the Bombers are making a mistake by bringing in prospect Ryan Dinwiddie instead of an experienced pivot like Khari Jones for the rest of the season.

Dinwiddie may some day be a fine quarterback, but he's completely untested and unfamiliar with the CFL game and there's no reason whatsoever to believe that he is better than current backups Mike Quinn, Brad Banks and Russ Michna, who have all had their chances to look abysmal so far this season.

What the Bombers -- who have been pummeled in two games since Glenn went down -- clearly need, is some insurance to get them through the second half of the season and that means an experienced backup.

Jones, a former most outstanding player who starred with the Bombers for several years, certainly fits the bill and is the obvious choice. The Bombers even said they would have signed him if Glenn was expected to be out any longer than one or two more games.

Instead they are taking a major risk. In a season when they have a good chance of hosting a playoff game and are definitely hosting the Grey Cup, the Bombers are a mere Glenn sprained ankle away from going into the stretch run with a stiff at quarterback.

At least they should go for an experienced stiff. It would have cost them some money to sign Jones but when you are trying to win, sometimes that's what you have to do.

Let's just hope signing Dinwiddie doesn't make them look dimwitty.

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