Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Glenn Says Bombers Quarterback Nichols Has Tools and Ability to Lead a Team

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Glenn Says Bombers Quarterback Nichols Has Tools and Ability to Lead a Team

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Glenn: Nichols has tools and ability to lead


WINNIPEG - Kevin Glenn has been in the CFL quarterback fraternity for 16 seasons.

He's played with and against dozens of pivots and has a good handle on what makes the best ones tick.

Glenn, who will back up Winnipeg Blue Bombers starter Matt Nichols in the West Division semifinal against the B.C. Lions, offered his assessment Wednesday of the teammate he's happy to guide and support. After all, he sees a little bit of himself in Nichols.

"He's a very studious guy of the game," Glenn said after a team practice. "Also, he has the tools and the ability to lead a team. His demeanour, his attitude, he's not just a guy that talks about it. He's a doer, too."

Glenn, 37, joined the Bombers Sept. 11 in a trade with Montreal, a return to the club he played for from 2004-08.

He knew about the opportunity Nichols ran with this season, replacing former starter Drew Willy when the Blue Bombers were 1-4 and leading them to an 11-7 record that ended a four-year playoff drought.

Willy was traded to Toronto the same day Glenn arrived back in Winnipeg. Glenn has watched Nichols closely on and off the field.

Nichols gets to the stadium early, asks teammates their perspectives while watching film, meets with coaches and stays past the 4 1/2-hour workday rule.

"All that kind of stuff plays into a guy being successful," Glenn said. "That was one of the things that continued to keep me in the league.

"I wasn't the tallest, I wasn't the strongest, I wasn't the fastest. But that preparation that I put myself through during the week gave me that opportunity to be successful and I can see that in Matt, too."

Glenn has only thrown four passes for the Bombers this season, completing two. He's ready to take the reins if needed in Sunday's road game, but is also happy to offer the experience he's gathered from 251 regular-season games and 12 starts in 16 playoff contests, including a Grey Cup loss with Calgary in 2012. …

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