No snap judgments

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

So now that the head coach is finally in place, what of the starting quarterback?

Winnipeg's Kevin Glenn went from the toast of the town in 2007 to where many are hoping he becomes toast after a poor 2008 campaign.

But it will be new Blue Bombers head coach Mike Kelly who will decide Glenn's fate.

"You're looking at the offensive co-ordinator and no one's touching the quarterbacks but me," Kelly declared yesterday. "Every position is going to get evaluated. It's going to be an open tryout when we come here in June. Everyone will get a fair chance.

"I want to look at every player's individual skill set and make my own evaluation as to how they were being coached. I'm certainly not condemning anybody who did coach them. I just want to see if maybe a technique or some information that I can bring to an individual will adjust their level of play, and we'll take it from there."

Kelly's focus will be on the quarterbacks, though.

"If I was to say one position that I consider my expertise to be in, it's quarterback," he said. "I want to take a look at who we have on our roster. I want to make my own evaluations on it."

One thing is for certain, though, Winnipeg's starting quarterback will not be calling his own plays next season.

"I've got both hands on the steering wheel of this car," Kelly said. "I always believed that if you're playing a game on a Saturday, you're actually calling the game on a Thursday. You are ultra-prepared and detail-oriented getting into the game situation and I want relaxed bodies and karma in just calling plays, not people who are under duress."

Kelly will start poring over the players with club vice-president of player personnel Brendan Taman today.

'Good group'

"All in all, there's a good group here," Kelly said. "You've got three 1,000-yard receivers, two running backs who each have their own skill set ... It's a nice linebacking corps. Shoot, there's more middle linebackers than some teams have in total and we'll just take it from there."

One could even be used for trade bait to acquire a Ricky Ray-type of quarterback, right?

"I don't know about that," responded Kelly, Edmonton's receivers coach last season. "We'll see."

Kelly, however, declined to get into specifics on the personnel he has inherited.

"Obviously, we looked at their defence hard as we prepared the Eskimos to play them and felt that there were some weaknesses that we could attack," he said. "If they continue to look like weaknesses to me, maybe we ought to make an adjustment."

Just don't expect any snap judgments.

"I'm not going to make any jump decisions on anyone or any thing," Kelly said. "I want to evaluate, take my breath and then, go from there ... I'll have it done before Christmas. I'll have some decisions made as to what direction I want to go at that point.

"This isn't going to be some overhaul. We're just going to put a new coat of wax on it and see how it drives."


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