Sun sports editor Ted Wyman is joined by sports writer Kirk Penton and sports columnist Paul Friesen to discuss the hottest topic on the Winnipeg sports scene -- the release of Blue Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn -- in the lastest instalment of the Five Minute Major. You can read some excerpts here and listen to the entire debate online by going to winnipegsun.com/sports and clicking on Sun Speaks.
On Kevin Glenn's release
WYMAN: The Bombers keep making moves, and this week they made a big one. They released Kevin Glenn. Not an unexpected move but a risky one as far as I'm concerned. They now are going into the season with Stefan LeFors, Bryan Randall and Ryan Dinwiddie, I guess, as their three guys competing for a job. Not a veteran in the bunch and not a lot of games started at all.
FRIESEN: And a combined starting record of?
PENTON: It's something like 2-10.
WYMAN: Mike Kelly has a belief in these guys. Does anyone else at this table have a belief in these guys?
PENTON: You can say you have a belief in them, but you don't really have any evidence.
FRIESEN: It's a blank page, a clean sheet of paper. Mike Kelly is a trained professional football coach, so he's got a leg up on us on that. If he believes in Stefan LeFors, you have to take it at face value. But for fans out there, it's a mystery and you wonder.
Why not keep Glenn?
WYMAN: They had a very tough choice, because if they thought Kevin Glenn wasn't going to be the starter, he was going to be a very expensive guy to bring in to compete for a job in training camp. So they did try to restructure his contract so that they wouldn't have to pay all these bonuses.
PENTON: They were handcuffed by the former regime and the way they worked that contract, but that's how everybody works their contract in the CFL these days.
FRIESEN: I agree that with Glenn's salary and contract as it was, this was the right move.
WYMAN: But you would like to see maybe a little bit more of an established quarterback on the roster invitees?
WYMAN: It's a conundrum.
Where will Glenn end up?
WYMAN: Is he going to keep playing in the CFL? Is Hamilton going to come knocking? Is there anywhere else for him if Hamilton doesn't?
PENTON: I can see him ending up in Hamilton, but I don't think he's going to get as much money as he thinks he is. I don't know. Maybe he'll make more money at Tim Hortons.
FRIESEN: They may be serving up humble pie at the Detroit Tim Hortons? Is that what you're saying.
PENTON: Could be.
WYMAN: Who would you sign first -- Casey Printers or Glenn?
FRIESEN: Whoever takes the cheap salary offer. That's what it's going to come down to.
PENTON: Based on the last few years, I'd take Kevin Glenn right now over Casey Printers.
FRIESEN: Kevin Glenn's not the locker-room cancer Casey Printers has proven to be. Teammates don't even stand up for Casey Printers anymore. There still were some Kevin Glenn fans in the Winnipeg locker-room.
WYMAN: But one of the reasons Glenn is gone is because he didn't have that fire in his belly and he wasn't a great leader. And that's what the Bombers want, is somebody who can do that. I don't think Casey Printers is that guy, and they've said they don't want him. But some teams are going to take these guys, I would assume.
FRIESEN: Glenn would be a good No. 2 quarterback. He's a good guy off the bench. He's an average quarterback.
PENTON; He would fit in well as (Quinton) Porter's backup and could very easily become their starter.
WYMAN: Is there anywhere else that Glenn could end up, other than Hamilton? Saskatchewan?
PENTON: No, apparently they don't have any interest in him at all.
WYMAN: There's just not that many jobs out there.
PENTON: I know. That's the thing. No one really needs a quarterback, but they might a couple weeks into the season.