I like Steven Jyles. I really do. But I don’t want him as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting quarterback. He reminds me a lot of Kevin Glenn.
Don’t get me wrong, Kevin Glenn’s a good quarterback. He may even win a Grey Cup someday. He almost did in 2007 but didn’t get the chance when he broke his arm in the Eastern Final.
I do think if Glenn could play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers every week I have no doubt he’d win 80% of his games. If Glenn showed the passion that he has had when playing the Bombers in the last year back when he played for them, he’d still be with the Blue Bombers.
Glenn likes to be known for being even keeled emotionally. He doesn’t get too down when he doesn’t play well nor does he get to up when he does well. While this attitude may serve Glenn best with how he gets through the grind of being a CFL quarterback it hasn’t instilled in him the observable desire to will his teams to victory. Whenever the Bombers were down by a TD or less, I never felt like Glenn was going to pull it off in the dying minutes for the Blue Bombers. Not in the same way that guys like Matt Dunnigan, Ricky Ray and even Khari Jones made you believe that if they couldn’t get it done, they’d have left everything on the football field in trying.
All this brings me to Buck Pierce. Pierce is a QB in the same build as Dunnigan. Dunnigan made you feel like he would pull off that come from behind win. Pierce has that same feel to me, the average fan. Maybe that’s why he gets injured so much. Dunnigan too seemed to get injured a lot. Dunnigan also won a lot and so does Pierce.
When Pierce is on the field there is hope mixed with optimism that whatever deficit exists on the scoreboard he’ll do everything in his power to overcome and position his team for victory. When Steven Jyles is on the field there is hope mixed with dread that he might get close to pulling off the comeback but he probably won’t.
Jyles is still young and may prove me wrong. Anthony Calvillo certainly did after a less than exciting start to his CFL career. But after 20 years without a Grey Cup Bombers fans would settle for hope mixed with optimism. We’ve had too much of hope mixed with dread.
Notes: The Bombers play Hamilton for the fourth time this season tomorrow 7:30pm CST at Canad’s Inn Stadium.
The Bombers release PK Alexis Serna this week. Former Saskatchewan punter Louie Sakoda has been brought in to replace Serna. Serna had a 57% field goal rate in 6 games this year. Sakoda hasn’t kicked field goals since Jan ’09 when he was still in college.
Luke Fritz draws the starting assignment on the offensive line as Andre Douglas sits out with an injury.
About the Author
Written by Jim Penner
I've been a life long Manitoban and a fan of the Bombers just as long!