QB backup scene shaky

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

So, everything's hunky-dory again in Bomber camp, is it?

Two knights on white horses -- more commonly known as Kevin Glenn and Milt Stegall -- are riding in to pull their teammates from the quicksand that's been sucking them down in the CFL East.

The Bombers will crawl from the mire, wipe off the slime of a three-game losing skid and charge back into contention, beginning this weekend in Regina.

I'm not here to pour water on the theory. It's no coincidence the Bomber offence has shown all the get-up-and-go of a sewing circle since Glenn and Stegall hit the injured list.

But at the risk of sounding like a doomsayer, what happens if and when Glenn goes down again?

No. 5 hasn't been the most durable pivot around, you know. And while he'll be sporting a new knee brace the rest of the season, teams around the CFL now know what the Bombers become without him.

Think there might be an extra hit or two coming his way?

So, let's just say Glenn goes down for a series, or two.

Who's No. 2, now that Mike Quinn is gone?

"We haven't decided that, yet," head coach Doug Berry was saying yesterday.

Another ringing non-endorsement for Brad Banks.

In case you're keeping score at home, that's three: one from the 32-5 loss to B.C., in which Berry didn't give Banks even a sniff of action, and one from last Friday's loss to Toronto, when Banks got all of one play to show what he can do.

We suppose that's progress.

Berry says he actually has more confidence in Banks than he used to.

"That's why I put him in for that last play of the game," he said. "Because he has made tremendous progress in three or four weeks since the last time he played. He has really come a long, long way."

At this rate, Banks will get in for a whole drive by, say, Halloween. His first start should come right around the start of the 2010 season.

This is the same quarterback who finished second in balloting for the 2002 Heisman Trophy. The player some called the steal of the Ottawa Renegades dispersal draft.

Problem is, Berry never has been seen rubbing his hands together over the spoils. He's the bandit who got home after the crime, looked inside the money bag and said, "We went to all that trouble for this?"

One theory is Banks and his run-around style don't fit into Berry's structured, drop-back-and-fire offence.

But the coach shot that down with one bullet.

"No. He can do that," Berry said. "He's got the arm. He understands the concepts. He's an accurate passer. You wouldn't think so, based on the last throw (an interception). But Brad brings that extra dimension with his feet."

So what's held him back?

Berry says he's picked up the system more slowly than the other quarterbacks.

Through it all, Banks just smiles and shrugs.

He's not sure his practices got all that much better last week, the way Berry had said.

But he doesn't think his coach has given up on him, either.

"I think he has a lot of confidence in me," Banks said. "He has his own way of showing it, though."

Yeah -- by suggesting Ryan Dinwiddie, who's been here less than two weeks, might be ready to pass him on the depth chart.

"Ryan's a guy that's lived in a throwing offence," Berry said. "That's been his whole life. He's very sharp. Very sharp. We'll just take it to the end of the week. And probably by game time we'll have in our minds who might be No. 2."

Normally, we'd want to give you the answer.

Based on the last three games, it might be best if we never find out.


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