It's Glenn's huddle

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

Over in Toronto, Pinball Clemons admits his quarterback, Michael Bishop, might be a little too jacked up going into the East Final.

Seems Bishop will be ready to jump over the CN Tower by game time, Sunday.

Here, Blue Bomber head coach Doug Berry doesn't have that problem with Kevin Glenn.

"Sometimes it's how to get him charged up a little bit," Berry was saying yesterday.

In fact, Glenn himself isn't sure how he'll feel going into the biggest game of his career.

"I'll probably have to wait to that moment -- the night before," Glenn was saying yesterday. "Right now you're still in preparation phase."

And if that doesn't sum up the personality of the Bomber pivot, I don't know what does.

Methodical. Even-keel. Boring. Take your pick of words -- they all fit.

Looking back at the great lineage of Bomber quarterbacks, Glenn doesn't have the swagger of Matt Dunigan or the physical prowess of Dieter Brock, and you won't find him chewing on any cigars, a la Don Jonas.

But Bomber fans won't give a lick if he does what those three couldn't: take his team to a Grey Cup championship.

That's the next, methodical step for a guy who's taken more steps than a lot of people predicted.

When Glenn first arrived in Winnipeg in 2004, we weren't sure he could even become a starter. He did.

After a year and a half at the helm, we wondered if he'd ever take a team to the playoffs. He did.

He tossed a late interception in last year's East semifinal loss to the Argonauts and we wondered if he had the stuff to win a playoff game.

Last Sunday, he did.

Along the way, some of us doubted he'd ever become the leader a team needs its quarterback to be.

Listening to O-linemen Dan Goodspeed and Obby Khan yesterday, Glenn's done that, too, in spades. They see it before every play.

"It's Kevin's huddle," Goodspeed said.

"The offensive line will talk about what's happening, and the receivers will be talking about coverage, and as soon as Kevin steps in... he just commands the leadership of the huddle. It's nice to see him grow up as a leader."

That's not how it was a couple years back. Glenn wasn't sure of himself, like he is now. It's the tone of his voice, Goodspeed says. The look in his eyes.

You think the results -- the Bombers have gone from seven wins in '05 to nine, then 10 this season -- aren't related?

"I've never heard of a team succeeding without a leader at quarterback," Khan said. "A quarterback is the commander in chief. That's it. No question about it. Whatever he says, goes."

Glenn also proved, over the first 11 games this season, that he could light up scoreboards with the best of them.

The last eight weeks, though, have raised a few doubts again.

Not, apparently, within No. 5, however.

"We're in the Eastern Final," Glenn said. "I'm playing good enough to get us in the Eastern Final. That's how I look at it. You're never going to please everybody. I'm pleased with myself."

If last year's, late-game mistake stirred up a demon or two, perhaps last week's playoff win sent it scurrying back to its lair.

"Now you have a playoff win under your belt," Glenn said.

"Sometimes when a guy's stuck at a certain level, a certain plateau, they don't ever get over that hurdle."

Glenn got over it, like he cleared the others.

But you know how hurdles go: just when you look up, there's another one approaching. At least, until the race is over.

Ask Glenn to look back over his shoulder, and he'll allow he's come a long way.

"You start to take little things away from each game and kind of build it into a learning thing," he said.

It's not flashy, this step-by-step approach.

Then again, it's not like he's trying to jump over the CN Tower.

It just seems that way.


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