Glenn's double duty

Kevin Glenn is determined to get back -- and play -- in this year's CFL championship. (Sun...

Kevin Glenn is determined to get back -- and play -- in this year's CFL championship. (Sun Media/Marcel Cretain)

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

It turns out that the man calling the signals for Winnipeg will play the most pivotal role on both offence AND defence.

Not only is Kevin Glenn expected to lead the Blue Bombers' offence to victory in tomorrow's CFL Eastern Semifinal against the Edmonton Eskimos at Canad Inns Stadium, the quarterback will be trying to do it with efficient ball control.

In other words, Glenn and Co., could become Winnipeg's best defence against the potent Ricky Ray-led Edmonton offence.

"The better defence is the offence that stays on the field longer," Glenn said yesterday. "If you're holding on to the ball, it means that their team is not scoring points. We can do that with ball control and with the two running backs (Fred Reid and Joe Smith) we've got ... Having those two guys behind me, as well as the receivers and offensive line, when it comes down to it, if we focus ... we can get some good stuff done."

Glenn does not have to be "super human," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry.

"I'd just like to see him play his game," he said. "He's understanding of exactly what we want to get done, understanding of the gameplan and the preparation for it. His own personal preparation, particularly since he started calling his own plays, has been tremendous. As long as he performs Saturday ... we can very well have some success."

Glenn, you may recall, had a lot of success in last year's playoffs. But he suffered a broken arm in the East Final which prevented him from playing in the Grey Cup game. Most observers still believe his absence was the difference between winning and losing that one to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

'Anxious'

Glenn, whose current season pales in comparison to his career year in 2007, is determined to get back -- and play -- in this year's CFL championship this time.

"Oh, I'm anxious," admitted Glenn, 29. "I'm very anxious to get to play in the Grey Cup. At the same time, I know it takes steps. We have to win two games in order to get there and the only way to get to the second one is to win the first one. If we put it in the right frame of mind, we should be able to do it.

"Even if I had played in it last year, I'd probably still have motivation to get back. That's what we play this game for -- to win a championship. So, there are a lot of things that motivate you but the ultimate thing is getting in there and winning a championship and being part of that team that actually gets to put their name on the Cup."

Glenn completed 294 of 455 passes (64.6%) for 3,675 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. His completion percentage is actually third in the CFL -- ahead of even Calgary's Henry Burris. But the Eastern rep for Most Outstanding Players a year ago, also leads the league with 20 interceptions and was actually benched for three games during the first half of the season.

Glenn, however, has had a much better second half -- just like the rest of his fellow underachievers. A good run at this year's Grey Cup would go a long way towards erasing many of those unhappy memories.

"This is a playoff game and it's going to be like a roller-coaster," Glenn said. "You're going to have your ups and downs and your adverse situations but if you lose (your momentum), you want to grab it back."

Although the Bombers finished the season with an 8-10 record, they were 6-2 down the stretch.

"At 8-10, you can still win the Grey Cup," Glenn said. "Finishing 8-10 is what we had to do in order to get into the playoffs. Now, what we do in the playoffs will define what we did as a team this year."


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