Blue QB conundrum

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:28 PM ET

It sounded almost as if Doug Berry was writing Mike Quinn's football obituary.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach met with the media yesterday afternoon to dissect the team's 18-15 loss to the Toronto Argonauts on Friday night.

And when the topic turned to Quinn, the team's No. 2 quarterback who struggled terribly during his two starts in place of injured No. 1 pivot Kevin Glenn, the words weren't exactly flattering.

"We certainly gotta work on finding a very adequate backup to Kevin Glenn, and we'll continue to attempt to do that," Berry said.

"No decision has been made yet one way or another (on Quinn's status as the backup). I've just been honestly disappointed in Mike's performance.

"I know it's not always his fault, but this is professional football and we've gotta do things to help the team win games. And, to this point, it's been difficult to evaluate that we've been doing that at the quarterback position in Kevin's absence."

When asked if fourth-stringer Ryan Dinwiddie will move up the depth chart, Berry was non-committal.

'NEED TO DO SOMETHING'

"We'll see what happens," he said. "I haven't sat down with the offensive staff or with (GM) Brendan (Taman) about what we're going to do, but it's clear that we need to do something."

The good news for the Bomber offence is that Glenn, according to Berry, is "99.5%" certain to play next Sunday in Regina against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Glenn had arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 10, and the Bombers (5-5) are on a three-game losing streak without him. Slotback Milt Stegall is also expected to be back after missing three games with cracked ribs.

Quinn completed 13 of 26 attempts for 92 yards against the Argos (5-5), and the interception he threw -- into double coverage, no less -- with 1:31 remaining really got to Berry.

Quinn had the option to throw deep left or shallow right. Since Argos safety Orlondo Steinauer was deep, Berry said Quinn should have looked shallow right.

"We threw the ball deep, (Steinauer made the interception), and that's what infuriated me," Berry said. "That's why I pulled the quarterback."

Berry put third-stringer Brad Banks at the controls for the final series, but he threw an interception on his first play, and the Argos kneeled their way to the win.

'RESPONSIBILITY'

Berry can't understand why Quinn has looked so good in practice yet so lost during games.

"Something's happened to Mike accepting the responsibility. I'm just guessing," Berry said. "It's not like I sit down and I'm omniscient and know everything, but you just look at the way he practises and then the way he plays, it's almost Jekyll and Hyde."

While Berry said it's all but certain that Glenn will play next Sunday in the Labour Day Classic, the pivot was playing coy yesterday.

"I like to keep you guys guessing," Glenn said. "... I'm pushing to come back, and it has nothing to do with what happened the other night."

Glenn guided the Bombers to a 5-2 record before he injured his left knee, but he doesn't want to be viewed as the cure to all of Winnipeg's woes.

"You never want to be labelled as a saviour, because I'm not bigger than the team," Glenn said. "One or two guys don't make a team. You still have to have a team.

"Everyone makes the thing about me and Milt being out, but if we come back and we still don't make plays then we're not going to win. We have to make plays in order to win."

Berry agreed that the return of the team's two top guns won't necessarily guarantee victory, but they will bring leadership.

"We hope to get back close to where we were in terms of what we were doing production-wise," he said. "We may not be quite at that level, because they've missed a month of football."


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