As it should be, No. 15 in the No. 1 spot for the Calgary Stampeders when they host the Saskatchewan Roughriders at McMahon Stadium Sunday in the Western Final.
Head Coach John Hufnagel says he looked at Kevin Glenn's body of work over the course of the season where the 13-year-veteran went 10-3 as a starter before deciding on him as the starter.
Well coach Huff is not going to get an argument from me. I wrote several weeks ago that he needed to make that statement. I felt at the time that over the course Kevin's natural progression, and the way he seamlessly led the team up to that point, it was necessary for the annotation, so to speak!
Why? Well as a season unfolds situations tend to define athletes; and games, win or lose, mold teams. Glenn had led and played so well throughout the season, he quietly, properly, and wiley earned the title, “starting quarterback.”
Over the last two seasons much has been said, written, and documented about the pecking order and respect factor with the Fab Three, the three amigos, the three - count it - three legitimate starters, Glenn, Drew Tate and Bo Levi Mitchell. Hell, even the best in the business Brian Williams did a feature piece on the three outstanding quarterbacks and their unique chemistry and certainly their abilities, as seen on CFL on TSN.
These three quarterbacks have respect for one another but sometimes, and this is one of those times, depth charts do change. I can guarantee you this, it could have been any one of these capable quarterbacks doing the same thing Kevin has inadvertently done: snatch the starting spot in an instant.
Okay, enough said about that. Water under the bridge at this point.
Calgary is positioned exceptionally well with such a stable of game experienced, champing at the bit, ready to plug and play quarterbacks.
No matter who is behind centre against the Roughriders, getting the league's leading running back Jon Cornish a minimum of 20 touches will be critical to their success. The importance of Cornish and their No. 1 rushing offence in the CFL, which averages 141.5 yards per game, is magnified against the Riders. If Calgary can limit their giveaways, a league-low 27 in the regular season, play ball control, and dominate the LOS (Line of Scrimmage), they have a real shot at moving on and playing another week.
This is even more important as the team will be without their leading receiver, Marquay McDaniel. McDaniel was lost to an ankle injury during the last week of the regular season. Remember, Nik Lewis has been missing since week 7 and Glenn leaned heavily on his favorite target McDaniel in Lewis' absence. Replacing that offensive firepower will have to be done by committee. Mo Price, Joe West, Jabari Arthur, newcomer Joe Fuller, Anthony Parker, Brad Sinopoli, and whoever else is healthy enough to hall in passes.
So KG knows what he needs to do and that's hand the ball to No. 9 early and often! A concentrated effort to establish the run will effectively open up a young and talented - but relatively inexperienced in the playoffs - receiving corp.
I'm betting KG plays well, but in the spirit of emptying your chambers at the OK Corral, we will see all three of Calgary's talented gunslingers in some capacity in this Western Final showdown.