Can Glenn deliver goods?

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

There can't be many doubters left. Kevin Glenn saw to that last season.

No. 5's right arm posted some of the best numbers in Winnipeg Blue Bomber history in '07, but a broken left arm deprived him of the chance to leave an indelible mark in that history.

A Grey Cup victory would have reserved Glenn a special place in the annals of this franchise, alongside Ken Ploen, Tom Clements, Tom Burgess and, yes, Sean Salisbury -- quarterbacks of varying talents who can say they took the Bombers to a championship.

Instead, Glenn has more in common with Khari Jones and Dieter Brock: sparkling resumes, to be sure, but without the sparkle of a ring.

Which brings us to the burning question barreling down on Glenn going into tonight's lid-lifter for the '08 season: can he duplicate the success he had a year ago?

"I'm not going to go out on a limb and say he's going to have an MVP year," receiver Milt Stegall said. "But he's going to have a better year than what he had last year."

By all indications, Glenn is a man at the peak of his game: he just turned 29, he's back in an offence he's mastered, with the same coaches and a returning group of talented players around him and, for the first time in his career, he's drunk with confidence.

"That comes from a little bit of everything," Glenn said. "A little bit of maturity, a little bit of experience, success from last year, knowing other guys have had success. Just being around the same guys, the same offence -- all that stuff comes into play.

"Camp from last year was totally different. It was a bunch of guys still learning an offence and each other. This year it was a bunch of guys just out there, playing. I can sense it. A lot of guys can."

That would suggest the Bomber offence shouldn't need a few weeks to get untracked.

But for Glenn to top '07, as Stegall suggested he will, is a tall order -- depending how you look at it.

Glenn was voted the top player in the CFL East last year, losing out to Saskatchewan's Kerry Joseph for the league award.

But let's face it: it was a tale of two Kevins.

There was the Glenn of the first 10 games, when he was completing 70% of his passes with 15 touchdowns and just four interceptions, good for a whopping quarterback rating of 107.9.

And there was the Glenn of the last eight games, when his completion percentage was in the 50s, his rating in the 70s, his touchdown-to-interception ratio closer to 50-50.

Stegall is quick to spread the blame for that around, starting with a receiving corps that picked up a case of the dropsies.

Glenn still finished with 5,114 yards passing, the second-highest total ever recorded by a Bomber.

This year, he says he'll measure his success by one stat, and one stat alone: wins and losses. He doesn't set goals for touchdowns or yards -- only wins.

Good luck trying to pin him down, though.

"To win more than we lose," he said, laughing as he sidestepped the question. "My goal is to go out and be successful. To try to match what we did last year. To win our home games and steal some on the road.

"The biggest thing is not for us to put any added pressure on ourselves."

There's enough from the media, he says. The fans, presumably, too.

Turns out there's a bit from his head coach, as well.

"Whether he ends up being the (MOP) candidate again, I don't know," Doug Berry said. "But I expect a real good year from him."

That pretty much makes it unanimous.

Never before has Glenn entered a season with expectations quite like this.

This is his time. His team. His city. His chance.

The pieces are all in place: receivers, running back, offensive line and a defence to get him the ball.

Some butterflies, we presume, going into Week 1?

"I never got butterflies, growing up," Glenn said. "It was never butterflies or nervous, just anxious, where I was always ready to play the game. That's why I hate night games, 'cause you have to wait around."

Bomber fans have been waiting a long time, too.

It's been 17 years since they've been able to shower a quarterback with the ultimate affection.

Like Khari Jones and Dieter Brock, Kevin Glenn has teased them.

Let's see if he can deliver.

His legacy awaits.


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