Problems at pivot

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

CALGARY -- Bombers head coach Doug Berry said there is no quarterback controversy brewing on his team, even though quarterback Kevin Glenn had his second straight subpar outing in last night's 37-16 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

"I don't believe (there is a controversy), no," Berry said. "I know what he did for us last year, and he's the guy. He'll play next week."

Glenn completed just six of 13 attempts for 33 yards before giving way in the second half to Ryan Dinwiddie, who didn't fare much better. Berry, however, said he wanted to give Dinwiddie playing time anyway since the Bombers clinched a playoff spot earlier in the day.

Glenn and slotback Milt Stegall both said the dismal offensive performance in the opening 30 minutes was a group effort, but Berry is concerned with the way his pivot is playing.

"I am in a way, but what am I going to do about it?" Berry said. "We gotta sit down and talk to him and go over some things and try to evaluate what we can from it.

"Until I'm able to look at the plays on film and see the coverage and judge his reads, then I'm not ready to make any determination on how I feel about it."

Glenn had big numbers against Edmonton two weeks ago, but Winnipeg lost the game 36-22. He then completed only 45% of his passes in last week's win over Toronto before last night's debacle.

"It's not all on Kevin," Stegall said. "That's not the way this game works."

LOOKING AHEAD: Now that the Bombers have secured second place in the East and will host the division semifinal against the crossover team, the focus shifts to the West Division race.

All four teams could still finish anywhere from first to fourth. The big money right now would be on the Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-6) and Edmonton Eskimos (9-7).

The Stampeders have a jump on first place thanks to their 11-5 record, while the B.C. Lions (10-6) improved their chances of a home game with their win over Edmonton on Friday night.

Regardless of which team ends up in fourth, Berry remains confident in his team.

"I feel that we can compete with anybody, but we have to be at the top of our game," he said. "We're not the dominating team that's going to come out and say, 'OK, we fell asleep in the first half. We'll just go play two quarters and win.' That doesn't happen with us."

LATE HITS: Bombers third-string pivot Bryan Randall had his first action of the season, mopping up in the fourth quarter and going 2-for-5 for 29 yards and an interception ... Bombers running back Fred Reid left the game with a rib injury and will have them X-rayed today. Defensive back Anthony Malbrough pulled a hamstring in the first half and didn't return. Marc Beswick replaced him in the secondary ... Glenn is 0-5 as a starter at McMahon Stadium.


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