Lack of fire burns Glenn

Over four-plus years as the starter, Kevin Glenn's glory days in blue and gold consisted of 10...

Over four-plus years as the starter, Kevin Glenn's glory days in blue and gold consisted of 10 magical games to open the 2007 season. (Jason Halstead/SUN MEDIA)

PAUL FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:21 PM ET

So long, Kevin Glenn. We hardly knew you.

Winnipeg Blue Bomber head coach Mike Kelly revealed yesterday he's trying to ship the team's starting quarterback out of town, confirming what we suspected nearly two weeks ago -- that No. 5 wasn't going to be the new boss's No. 1.

And so ends yet another quarterback era in River City, without a championship and with fans chanting a unified, "Good riddance."

Over four-plus years as the starter, Glenn's glory days in blue and gold consisted of 10 magical games to open the 2007 season, in which he could do almost no wrong.

But any chance of the Detroit native claiming a favoured spot in Bomber lore vanished when his left arm snapped and the Bombers lost the Grey Cup to Saskatchewan that year.

Last season, under a poor offensive co-ordinator and a head coach who was in the process of losing the locker-room, Glenn played his way into everybody's bad books, much like Khari Jones had done before him.

Worse, unlike Jones, he wasn't a leader -- not even close.

When the going got tough, Glenn got going on his "they made more plays than we did" mantra, or, worse still, refused to say anything at all.

He didn't need football, he said at one point. There were more important things in life to get worked up about.

Time to give Mike Kelly his first pat on the back in this space: he recognizes Glenn doesn't have what it takes.

Oh, he said he'd take Glenn back at training camp if he couldn't work out a trade. Sure he would.

In the next breath, he pointed out all the things he likes better about Stefan LeFors, the quarterback, acquired from Edmonton yesterday, who makes Glenn expendable.

"I understand how competitive Stefan is," Kelly began. "And his ability to fight through adversity. He is capable of making plays with his feet. And his accuracy is better."

ADVERSITY

So you're saying Glenn didn't handle adversity well last year, coach?

"I don't think anybody would argue that point," Kelly said.

The coach's analysis pretty much covers everything: passing, running, leadership.

Perhaps more than anything, though, Kelly wants a competitor at quarterback, somebody who hates losing, which automatically sets an example for everybody else.

Shrug off a loss like it's a bad hair day, the way Glenn often did, and you may as well insult Kelly's daughters.

Kelly says he saw plenty of that, watching the '08 Bombers.

"I saw guys who, 'OK, the game's over -- let's see how fast we can get to Earl's,' " he said. "I want them to hurt when they lose."

Glenn, he says, was in no-win situation, here, too. One bad game, and he'd have the fans and media all over him.

"Having that kind of pressure on him ... you don't want to feel like, 'Oh god, if I make a mistake everything's going to go awry.' Maybe a change of scenery would rejuvenate him and allow him to play freer," Kelly said.

Kind of goes with the territory, though, doesn't it?

Regardless, No. 5 is likely headed East, closer to his Detroit home (how about Hamilton, where he can re-unite with Jones, the Ticats' new quarterbacks coach?).

Now, can the Bombers win with LeFors?

That's where this becomes something of a gamble.

The coach may have something else up his sleeve, another move to bring in a more experienced pivot.

But you get the impression he believes LeFors, a 27-year-old from Baton Rouge, might be the guy.

It's one thing to recognize a quarterback doesn't have it -- another entirely to find one who does.

We'll soon see if Mike Kelly evaluates good offensive leaders as well as he evaluates poor ones.


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