Glenn back at helm

Kevin Glenn will now be counted upon to lead the Blue Bombers out of the wilderness. (Sun...

Kevin Glenn will now be counted upon to lead the Blue Bombers out of the wilderness. (Sun Media/Jason Halstead)

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

The decision may have come about five quarters too late for some, but Kevin Glenn has been given his job back.

Benched for the last three CFL starts, Glenn will be the starting quarterback when Winnipeg plays host to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday, Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry said yesterday.

"We played with Ryan Dinwiddie (at quarterback) and got the spark we were looking for from him and hoped to be able to get it for another game," Berry said.

"When it became evident that it wasn't happening, I just felt it was time to go back to who I believe to be our No. 1 quarterback ... Nobody knocked out the champion."

NO KO PUNCHES

That champ lost his job because he wasn't throwing enough knockout punches.

"When he was on his game at the beginning of last year for the first half of the season, it was almost to the point where he was uncanny with his accuracy," Berry said. "Nothing has changed with his reads or anything like that, or his release.

"If I'm saying to Kevin, if I want you to improve on any one thing, it's just to be a little more accurate with your throws ... If he does, I think he'll back there with the elite quarterbacks again."

Glenn does not plan to make any dramatic changes.

"It's not about what you do differently, it's about what you go out every week and practice to do and take it over to the game," said Glenn, who's completed 93 of 145 passes (64.1%) for 1,056 yards and three touchdowns with eight interceptions.

"This is an opportunity to go back and help the team get a win," said Glenn, the Eastern nominee as the CFL's Most Outstanding Player last year. "That's the most important thing.

"We just need to come together as a team and put something together and try to get a win. I know it's like a broken record and we keep saying the same thing every week. But we're in that position right now where we're going to sound like a broken record until we get a win."

Dinwiddie led the club to its only victory -- over Calgary -- of an embarrassing 1-6 season. Although Dinwiddie played decently in a 19-11 loss to the Argos in Toronto, Glenn may have been able to pull that one out in relief.

And there are those who feel Berry waited too long to give Dinwiddie the hook in a 39-11 loss to Montreal at home last week.

"(Dinwiddie) did exactly what I asked him to do," Berry said. "Now ... the entire team knows that he indeed can win a game for us as our quarterback."

Glenn, 29, will be given the freedom to call his own plays against the Ticats.

"I'm 50-50 on it," he said. "Sometimes, it's a disadvantage for a quarterback to do that kind of stuff. Instead of worrying about just the game, you're worrying about what to call and if this is the right play and satisfying everybody by giving them the ball ... It will probably be my first time from beginning to end that I'll have done it, so we'll see what happens Thursday night."

Glenn will now be counted upon to lead the Bombers out of the wilderness.

"You're always up for a challenge," he said. "The challenge is to come back and produce like we did last year. Evidently, it's not going to happen that way right now but we can turn this thing around and we can do something about it. Toronto was 2-7 last year, I believe, and ran the table, came in first and hosted the Eastern Final."


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