Dunigan: Glenn should be Stampeders' starter, anoint him

Matt Dunigan
10/16/2013 4:44:21 PM
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Kevin Glenn should be the horse the Stamps ride hard down the stretch!

Here's the thing, I don't even think Glenn is playing his best football at this point of the season; he's capable of more. Over the course of his career Glenn is 79-71-1 in 151 starts for a .526 career winning percentage.

Since becoming a Stampeder, he has elevated his play and raised his stock around the league. And he continues to climb the ranks in the CFL record books. He needs just 89 more yards to surpass Tom Clements for 10th on the all-time CFL passing yards list.

Case in point, he has the best winning percentage over the last 2 seasons among all quarterbacks in the CFL (minimum, 10 starts)

CFL Quarterbacks' Winning Percentage

QB Record Winning Percentage
Kevin Glenn 18-7 .720
Travis Lulay 19-8 .704
Darian Durant 17-13 .567

I believe he can take it even higher, maybe even a notch or two, with one simple step. I'll get to that in a bit.

There's been a unique synergy with the stable of quarterbacks in Calgary the last couple of seasons. All three - Glenn, Drew Tate and Bo Levi Mitchell - are certainly capable, and when given the chance have produced and won.

Stampeders QBs by start, last two seasons

QB Starts Record
Kevin Glenn 25 (76 percent) 18-7
Drew Tate 5 (15 percent) 3-2
Bo Levi Mitchell 3 (nine percent) 3-0

Much of that success and harmony can be attributed to Glenn's attitude and approach to his role as backup to Tate.

He's shown humility and composure in what could have been an extremely tense environment if he hadn't. By not being selfish or making the situation about himself, he enabled the locker room to remain harmonious and freed up his teammates to just go play football, not having to worry about internal controversy.

And with Tate working through several injuries the last two years, it has given Glenn the opportunity to show case his skill set and leadership capabilities.

All of Glenn's experiences up to this point have allowed him to take that next step. I believe that his success and that of his team's has solidified his beliefs in this approach and morphed Kevin into an elite quarterback.

We have seen Glenn light it up with the best in the business over his 13-year career, whether it be in Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Hamilton or Calgary, but never consistently. We have seen a quarterback transition from average to superior over the last two seasons and I believe his ability to light it up even more can be enhanced by one simple acknowledgment:

The acknowledgment from his head coach John Hufnagel that he's the No. 1 guy the rest of the season and into the playoffs.

Although Glenn is not seeking or would ever ask for this type of appointment, I believe through the natural course of events it has just come down to this. Hufnagel has got to - if he hasn't already done so - anoint Glenn as the stallion of choice the rest of the season! He's earned it. The open support and backing from his head coach will free up the veteran QB to explode down the stretch.

Imagine Glenn taking the Stamps the distance and winning his first ever Grey Cup. Great situation to be in if you are a Stampeder or a fan. But a precarious one for the coaches, particularly if you are Hufnagel, thinking where that would put his team during the expansion draft. Hufnagel could potentially leave unprotected the Grey Cup winning quarterback and the winningest CFL signal caller over the last two seasons.

Now this brings me back to the present and why Hufnagel may be balking at making such an open statement of support for Glenn; hoping things just stay amicable between his quarterbacks and the locker room stays as is. Understandable? Yes. Best case scenario? In my opinion, no. Glenn's earned the title; give it to him!

With that said Stampeders fans, wear your shades to the remaining games, because things could get crazy bright for your team!

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