Glenn's future unclear

PAUL FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

He's the new head coach of a football team desperate for direction.

A team whose inept offence scored the fewest number of points in the CFL last season.

A team whose quarterback had his confidence shaken due in part to a lack of clear direction from the sideline. A quarterback who had the play-calling duties forced on him after his head coach stripped them from the offensive co-ordinator.

Promised

Not only is Mike Kelly the new head coach of this bunch, he's also promised to be in charge of the offence, with the motto, "Nobody touches the quarterbacks but me."

So wouldn't you think, five weeks into the job, that Kelly would have talked to Blue Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn by now?

"I haven't spoken with Kevin," Kelly, addressing the local media for the first time since the day he was hired, was saying yesterday. "Not until I know exactly what I want to do. And you may read between the lines in there, and find something."

We may just do that, coach.

For what other reason could there be for Kelly's reluctance to give Glenn a call, other than the simple reason that he's not sure he even wants the guy running his offence?

Three years after the newly hired Doug Berry used the term "adequate" to describe Glenn, we're still waiting for some kind of endorsement of No. 5 from Kelly.

The lack of one, coming from a man who prides himself on strong and clear communication, might say more than any words.

To which a segment of Bomber fans will, no doubt, be rejoicing.

Glenn is the most unpopular No. 5 in these parts since the dying days of Dieter Brock, mainly because the Bomber offence was as disjointed as a cheap windup toy in '08.

Of course, Glenn was also at the controls of the smooth-running, 10-game machine that opened the '07 season, but since that didn't produce a Grey Cup title, it's all but forgotten.

Burdened

Kelly has concluded that Glenn didn't get the proper guidance last season, had too much responsibility plunked on his shoulders. Like calling the formations and the plays.

"As an outsider looking in, maybe Kevin was burdened with some things that he wasn't either equipped to handle, didn't want to handle and shouldn't have handled," Kelly said.

In this space, we're not convinced he's the leader you need in a locker-room, either, at least not when things go off the rails a little.

Of course, until you find someone better, you ought to be careful about handing out a pink slip.

Kelly says he hasn't endorsed anyone, at any position, the old "all jobs are open" cliche.

The coach also said he hasn't talked to any players about their futures, that he's still evaluating and nobody's been released.

Which may or may not have been true, since later in the day we found out defensive back Anthony Malbrough had, indeed, been handed his walking papers. We heard that from a fellow player.

Hey, CFL gossip moves quicker than a healthy Charles Roberts.

What else has Kelly done in the last five weeks?

Signed some players, but he's not saying which ones.

"My purpose right now is not to give any of our football players any feeling of apprehension," he explained. "Let's not make any rumours or innuendos, 'How he got this much money,' and, 'Now I'm going to renegotiate for that much money' -- I don't want any of that. I want us to be focused on being a good football team and not have outside distractions."

Hmmm, no feelings of apprehension, eh?

We can only imagine what Kevin Glenn is feeling these days.


Videos

Photos