Endorsement for QB

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

The question is being asked right now.

It's sure to come up again over Christmas dinner.

It will then be debated all spring leading up to training camp.

And that query will go something like this: Is Kevin Glenn the answer at quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers?

"Kevin will be the starting quarterback here next year," slotback Milt Stegall said yesterday. "You ask coach Berry. Will he say the same thing? Hopefully.

"You've heard people rumbling about getting another quarterback in here. They've been saying that since Khari (Jones) left, basically, and Kevin has always proven folks wrong.

"They'll say, 'Well, look at the last game he played.' Kevin has done a great job for us. He's out there playing injured, he's shown that he's a true leader, and he's gonna get better and better every single year."

The 27-year-old Glenn just completed his second full season as a CFL starter, but it ended on an ugly note Sunday. His last pass of 2006 was picked off during Winnipeg's potential game-winning drive, allowing the Toronto Argonauts to kill the clock in their 31-27 win in the East Division semifinal.

It certainly could've ended better for someone trying to silence the critics. None of those detractors can be found in the Bomber locker-room, even though Glenn has a penchant for throwing fourth-quarter, game-killing picks.

"I wouldn't trade him for some guys in this league right now -- guys who played (Sunday)," Bombers GM Brendan Taman said. "I'm not heralding him as the best quarterback in the CFL, don't get me wrong, but I think he's in the mix.

"And if he keeps getting better, we'll be all right."

The Bombers were 9-7 this season in games Glenn started, and they were 9-5 in contests he started and finished. He threw 10 fewer touchdowns and four fewer interceptions than he did in 2005.

Berry, the man who ultimately will decide who starts at quarterback next season, had tepid praise for Glenn yesterday.

"I do believe Kevin got better as the year went along," he said. "Would I love to have him take that final play back and reconsider what his options were? Sure. And I think that he would do the same.

"That doesn't mean that Kevin didn't develop this year. I really do believe that he did. He did lead us to a number of wins over some of those impressive opponents that we did play. But it all boils down to we didn't get to where we ultimately wanted to. We didn't score a whole bunch of points this year, which is the team's number one evaluation of a quarterback.

"But Kevin did do a lot of good things this year, and I'm not going to ever say that I'm totally dissatisfied with Kevin Glenn."

The Bombers had four backup quarterbacks this year, but none established themselves as a bona fide backup. They need quarterback depth, and Berry vowed to give Glenn "as much competition as we can find" next year.

Taman said he wouldn't rule out loosening the purse strings this winter in the pursuit of negotiation list pivots like Craig Ochs and Omar Jacobs.


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