'Wins all that matter'

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 3:25 PM ET

The jury still seems to be out on Kevin Glenn among a segment of fans, but the Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback figures he has more than enough evidence to change their minds.

This is Glenn's second season as the Bombers starting quarterback, and while his numbers are down from last year, the wins are up.

And that, according to Glenn, is the only thing that should matter.

"You always want the numbers up, but who wants to have high numbers and lose every game or never fight for a playoff berth or stuff like that?" Glenn asked. "The situation that we're in right now, I'd take that over the stats any day, because the wins are what's more important.

"The wins are whether or not you get contract extensions. That's what I've always been told.

GREY CUP BERTH

"So if we can get wins and get into the playoffs and possibly fight for a berth in the Grey Cup, I'm all for it."

So even though Glenn is on pace to produce 12 fewer touchdown passes this season, almost the same number of interceptions and nearly 100 fewer points, he has a case when it comes to victories.

Glenn was 5-10 as the team's starter last season, but this year's he's 7-6. And the Bombers can clinch a playoff berth this afternoon if the Toronto Argonauts beat the Edmonton Eskimos.

If that doesn't happen, Winnipeg (7-8) can snag a post-season spot itself tomorrow afternoon with a win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4-12) at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

PLAYOFF DROUGHT

"If we get into the playoffs, we stopped the drought of not being in the playoffs in Winnipeg, and you can say that you were part of that," Glenn said. "You have some backing behind you now."

Glenn threw 27 touchdown tosses last season when the club was 5-13 and in obvious disarray under coach Jim Daley. Considering new head coach Doug Berry came from pass-happy Montreal, many figured Glenn would increase his touchdown load.

It hasn't happened.

Not only that, but the Bomber offence is scoring 18.3 points per game, which is nearly six fewer than last season.

"We're behind where we want to be offensively, there's no question about it," Berry said. "We'd like to be scoring somewhere in the mid-20s."

There are several theories as to why Winnipeg's offence is less productive this year. It is using Berry's new system, the offensive line has suffered numerous injuries, and the general belief is defences are much stronger with only eight teams.

Then again, Glenn still looks mighty inconsistent at times, missing wide-open receivers and having trouble throwing a precise deep ball.

"He's had ups and downs," Berry said. "... (Measuring his progress) is definitely based on wins, but you want to be more productive.

"We haven't scored a lot of touchdowns this year, and the bottom line is, ultimately, it's the quarterback's responsibility to move the team."


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