Berry backs Glenn

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:21 AM ET

The Blue Bombers will only go as far as their starting quarterback will take them.

Winnipeg's Kevin Glenn was solid in leading Winnipeg to a 17-14 victory over the Alouettes in Montreal a week ago. Friday night? Not so much.

Glenn completed 17 of 30 passes for 166 yards and one touchdown in the 23-20 loss to Montreal at Canad Inns Stadium. And he was often booed off the field by his own fans.

Bomber head coach Doug Berry, however, defended his starting quarterback.

"Glenn did good things with the running game, pulling (the ball) on some plays and throwing on others," he said. "The last touchdown pass was a result of that."

Glenn completed a 10-yard strike to wide receiver Derick Armstrong.

Berry suggested Glenn is still growing, even 15 games into the CFL season.

"He's still learning what this offence is all about, and as he's learning, he's making a mistake here and there," he said. "But, as long as he's gonna learn from the mistakes, hopefully we've still got a few games left that he can still learn from and then play the best football at the end."

Glenn made two glaring errors when he threw a pair of passes into tight coverage and was picked off by Alouette defenders.

"The two interceptions were bad decisions and bad throws -- trying to make a completion out of something that's covered," Berry said. "You're better off just to throw the ball in the dirt and, 'Let's punt.' I felt that most of his reads were correct. He did a good job in executing our running game, and from the shotgun when we perceived that the defence was going to take the running game away, he'd pull the ball and throw."

'SOMEWHAT SATISFIED'

Glenn declined to be interviewed yesterday, leaving Berry to come to his defence.

"All in all, I was somewhat satisfied with Kevin," Berry said to the surprise of some. "You'd like to get more when you put the ball on receivers a couple of times for big plays. Once or twice, we made plays and once or twice, we didn't. He was 17 for 30 and had two or three drops. It could easily have been 20 for 30 and that's decent percentage, and could have thrown for 200 yards. We'd like to throw for 250."

Then again, he could have also thrown four interceptions but for bobbles by Montreal defenders.

Both slotback Andrae Thurman and fullback Scott Regimbald dropped catchable passes and Glenn was also hurt by receivers running the wrong routes.

But the most frustrating aspect was the Bombers have played the Alouettes -- last year's Grey Cup finalists -- tough all year but finished the season series with a 1-3 record against them.

"We know we can play," Glenn said after Friday's game. "Montreal's the best in the East right now, and we played them hard all year. We know we can play right up there with the best in the league. We've just got to continue to get better."


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