QB goes from dud to stud

PAUL FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

So if quarterback Kevin Glenn is the chicken, and the Winnipeg Blue Bomber offence the egg, tell me: which came into its own, first?

Neither one resembles the bird that was crapping all over CFL fields during the first half of the season.

Glenn is beginning to look like the rooster who strutted his way to the East Division's most outstanding player nomination a year ago.

And wouldn't you know it, the Bomber offence seems cocksure of itself again, too.

The difference in production, past to present, is startling.

Through nine games, which included a two-game benching, Glenn's efficiency rating was a paltry 69.6, a failing grade for a quarterback. He'd thrown just four touchdown passes to a dozen interceptions.

Over the last three games -- the Banjo Bowl loss to Saskatchewan, plus wins over Toronto and Hamilton -- he's clocked in at 122.7, a rating that's almost off the charts. His touchdown/interception ratio: 8-2.

Welcome back, No. 5.

"It's been fun," Glenn said of the last few games. "It's always fun when you're winning. You want it to continue. You don't want to regress. 'Cause when you go backwards, it's not fun anymore.

"I'm playing better, and that's because the team's playing better. Once the team's doing well, all the individuals start to stand out."

That's the thing with Glenn. He always says he's just a product of the team.

Never takes much credit when things are sweet, nor much blame when they sour.

But let's face it, in the CFL, it all starts, and sometimes stops, with the quarterback.

It's a load to carry, but that's life.

"We play around the quarterback," receiver Derick Armstrong said. "He runs the show and we just follow his lead."

PREPARED EVERY WEEK

Through July and August, this show appeared headed for early cancellation.

Now that the star has shown up, who knows how long it'll run?

"Five is five," Armstrong said. "He comes out prepared every week, the same way he did at the beginning."

Trouble is, at the beginning, five wasn't five at all. More like .05.

The last couple of games, though, he's been playing like '07's East all-star, again.

"Offensively we're really starting to find ourselves," head coach Doug Berry said. "He's not turning the ball over -- that's the bottom line. When he has good games, he doesn't turn the ball over, he's capable of playing fantastic.

"I'd love to see him finish out the same way."

Berry figures the turnaround might have begun when he handed Glenn the play-calling duties a few weeks back.

Makes you wonder why that didn't happen sooner.

It's true, Glenn looks more confident in the plays he runs. The touchdown bomb to Armstrong on second-and-short against the Ticats, Friday, was a perfect example.

He's more accurate, making better decisions and the offence is more balanced.

Even the O-line looks better, lately.

So which came first: the chicken, or the egg?

"I don't know," Glenn said. "That's your call. All I worry about is putting my team in a good position to win, and hopefully coming away with that win."

Well, he's three for his last five, which is a passing grade for a quarterback.

And while we don't generally put a ton of stock in the other numbers, they certainly tell the story this time.

"Keep playing the way we're playing, and I think we'll be a factor," Berry said.

He could say the same about his quarterback.

If five is, indeed, five, and we're crowing about his play down the stretch, the Bombers will be part of the pecking order in the CFL East.

If not, it's egg on everybody's face.


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