Gee, maybe he just didn't see what the survey said.
Despite the fact that his backup outshone his starter in the last game, Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry nipped a potential quarterback controversy in the bud yesterday.
Starter Kevin Glenn was pulled in favour of Ryan Dinwiddie, who moved the ball and put points on the board during a 42-24 loss to the B.C. Lions. So Berry was asked if he is tempted to start Dinwiddie when the Bombers play the re-match against the Lions in B.C. this Friday.
"No, Kevin Glenn is our quarterback," Berry responded firmly. "At the point where I put Ryan in, in this (last) game was to get him experience, plus try to give us a spark. Going into this game (Friday), I hadn't really even thought twice about starting Kevin Glenn."
But, according to a Winnipeg Sun poll, 57% of 470 respondents want Dinwiddie to start the next match, with only 30% supporting Glenn (the rest were for third-stringer Bryan Randall).
After all, Dinwiddie did light a flatlining offence on fire by completing 20 of 33 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown -- with two interceptions -- and added 38 yards and one TD on six carries. Dinwiddie led the Bombers to 19 points in less than two quarters.
Glenn, who was pulled in the third quarter, declined all interviews after the B.C. game. But it was the loss -- not getting pulled -- that upset him the most.
"It was the point of going 0-3," said Glenn, who completed nine of 17 passes for only 86 yards -- with two picks -- in two-plus quarters. "It was something we pushed all week not to do. We didn't want to go 0-3 and we ended up going 0-3. Now, it's behind us. We can't do anything about it. The good thing about this is you don't worry about the games behind you, you look towards the future."
But no QB likes to get yanked.
"That was a coach's decision," Glenn said. "And I'm in a situation where it's, 'What can I do?' I don't worry about the things I can't control.
"I watched the film and it wasn't like I was out there making wrong reads. It's not like I didn't know what was going on. So I'm positive that I can bounce back. Hopefully, we can do it the next game."
Glenn, you may recall, was the Eastern rep for the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award last year. But he currently sports a rather dismal 67.2 efficiency rating, the worst among CFL starters.
"Right now, we just need to execute," Glenn said. "We need to believe in the plays, what's being called. You watch the film and it's not like we're getting crashed. It's not like no one's playing hard. The guys are trying. We just need to focus in and bear down and play every play like it's our last."
While this team's leadership has come into question and the starting quarterback is usually the one leaned on the most, Glenn never has been the rah-rah type.
"That kind of stuff is to each his own," Glenn said after a players-only meeting was called prior to yesterday's practice. "I've always listened and considered somebody's opinion. My thing is, we're not in little league; this isn't high school; this isn't college; this is professional sports so you shouldn't need any other motivation. You shouldn't need another guy to necessarily pump you up before a game. This is your job. We're in the business of winning games so we need to win some more games."
Actually, they need to win their first game, no matter who is at the helm.