Why mess with suc­cess? Stick with Glenn

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - SPORTS - ROB VAN­STONE rvan­stone@post­media.com Twit­ter.com/rob­van­stone

This cher­ished space is of­ten used to de­fend Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers quar­ter­back Kevin Glenn. The prob­lem is, other teams have been defending him too. Af­ter a sear­ing start to the 2017 CFL sea­son, Glenn has cooled off in the fall — lead­ing some Rid­ers root­ers to lobby for Bran­don Bridge to be­come the No. 1 quar­ter­back.

That day may come, given Bridge’s tal­ents, but some pa­tience is ad­vis­able.

The Roughrid­ers have an 8-6 record and, if this week­end’s re­sults are favourable, could soon be des­tined for the play­offs.

Glenn’s per­for­mance is a ma­jor rea­son for the Rid­ers’ re­vival.

Ad­mit­tedly, he has not been light­ing up op­pos­ing de­fences in re­cent weeks, but he is only two weeks re­moved from pi­lot­ing the Roughrid­ers to an 18-17, come-from-be­hind vic­tory over the Ottawa Red­blacks (who are to visit Mo­saic Sta­dium on Fri­day).

Glenn strug­gled Satur­day against the Toronto Arg­onauts and was pulled in the sec­ond quar­ter — where­upon Bridge elec­tri­fied the Saskatchewan of­fence and led the team to a 27-24 vic­tory.

Bridge had also been impressive af­ter re­plac­ing Glenn on Sept. 24, when the Roughrid­ers lost 15-9 to the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers.

It is clear by now that Bridge can play. His emer­gence gives Saskatchewan a 1-2 punch at foot­ball’s most cru­cial po­si­tion.

The cur­rent setup is work­ing quite well, thank you.

The 21 touch­down passes thrown by Glenn this sea­son demon­strate that, at 38, he can still play the game at a high level.

Bridge has shown that he can move the of­fence if Glenn should fal­ter. Per­fect. Ide­ally, the Roughrid­ers’ top two quar­ter­backs can be used in com­ple­men­tary fash­ion — as was the case in 1981.

Joe Barnes typ­i­cally started, with John Huf­nagel poised to en­ter the game if need be. Barnes was the nim­bler of the two. Huf­nagel was the su­pe­rior passer and some­one who could pro­vide a spark off the bench. It worked out won­der­fully.

Fast for­ward to the late 1980s. Tom Burgess could carve up a blitz­ing de­fence. Kent Austin was es­pe­cially pro­fi­cient at dis­sect­ing zone cov­er­age. Both of them helped the Roughrid­ers thrive in the play­offs dur­ing the cham­pi­onship sea­son of 1989.

Glenn and Bridge could be used in a com­pa­ra­ble man­ner.

In terms of size and style, they pro­vide dif­fer­ent di­men­sions.

The 8-6 record is also some­thing dif­fer­ent af­ter back-to-back los­ing sea­sons. So why mess with new-found suc­cess?

The Roughrid­ers should con­tinue to start Glenn and, if he fal­ters, cross that bridge when they come to it.

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