Chris Jones says we can debate the Riders starting QB so let’s do that

Oh boy, a quarterback controversy!

Few things are more exhilarating for football fans than quarterback controversies, which are really only dangerous if they seep into the locker room. Knowing that, and realizing he was making a decision that would be accepted by his players, Roughriders head coach Chris Jones announced immediately following his team’s 27-24 victory Saturday against the home-town Toronto Argonauts that veteran Kevin Glenn would continue as Saskatchewan’s starter.

Jones also said everyone else was free to debate his decision. That’s the fun part.

Glenn has struggled since suffering an injured, right throwing hand during a 48-28 loss against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Banjo Bowl. Details of the injury were never revealed, although the Roughriders insisted Glenn’s hand was not broken.

Backup Brandon Bridge played the next game, throwing three touchdown passes in a 27-19 victory against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Glenn returned for a 15-9 loss to the Calgary Stampeders. Looking like he hadn’t completely healed, Glenn was replaced late against Calgary — the head coach said it was to change the pace of the game — and Bridge provided some late-game sparks. Jones somehow decided to stick with his veteran for the entire next game despite falling behind 17-0. Jones’ faith and intuition were rewarded as Glenn rallied the Roughriders to an 18-17 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks.

Jones saw something different against Toronto.

Jones often says Glenn “will cut you up” if he’s well-protected, but the dropback quarterback couldn’t evade the Argonauts’ pass rush and had completed only three of eight passes for 29 yards. Trailing 16-3 in the second quarter, Jones replaced Glenn with Bridge, a mobile and strong-armed pivot, who responded by completing 20 of 28 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Most impressive was an 11-play, last-minute drive that set up the game-winning field goal by Tyler Crapigna.

Hence the questions about the Roughriders’ starter. When announcing his decision, Jones spoke about Glenn’s maturity and leadership, which have helped the team rebound from a 2-4 start into an 8-6 record, one victory away from clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 2014,

Glenn is the right choice. Glenn doesn’t pout when he gets pulled; indeed, he immediately serves as Bridge’s best sideline sounding board. If he struggles Friday against the visiting Redblacks, Glenn can be replaced again by Bridge.

The questions may re-surface from outside the locker room, but now that they’re winning more than they’re losing, the players realize Jones — evidently a quarterback whisperer, or maybe a quarterback savant — is making the right decisions and they don’t have to worry about a quarterback controversy.

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Darrell Davis has reported on the Riders for more than 20 years and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame media wing in 2006.
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26 Comments on Chris Jones says we can debate the Riders starting QB so let’s do that

  1. Riders are more than one victory from securing a playoff spot. A simple look at the standings clearly shows they are a combination of 2 wins or B.C. losses.

    • You have to look at the possibility of crossover as well if the Riders get 1 more win no team in East can catch them for 3rd place

      • Ya but they are still 2 games short of clinching fourth in the West. If they finish 5th how do they get a crossover??

  2. Having Glenn start games seems to be a better alternative than Glenn as a back up.

  3. Well, Glenn has experience. Bridge has youth. From what I have seen they are interchangeable. Not one QB can throw perfect all of the time. Put Glenn in, and let him do what he does and then put Bridge in to keep the opponent guessing.

  4. Blue Rules // October 8, 2017 at 5:57 pm //

    Years a few teams would switch QB’s to change the momentum in games when stalled, weren’t worried about feelings, Winnipeg, Edmonton & Saskatchewan to name a few

  5. I will refer to this as having situational QB’s. Glenn has proven experience and given proper protection he can make proper reads and deliver the ball. Yesterday it was obvious (to me at least) that Glenn was off early on, and as the game progressed he didn’t have the ability to make his reads and play effectively because of the pressure. That said,the O line needs to follow through with their assignments for anybody to do their job – air or ground. Enter Brandon Bridge – a taller, more mobile QB who is clearly a student of the game. His mobility allowed time for receivers to get open and also kept a run option open.His mobility was useful when the O line sh*t the bed and allowed for a few yards rather than a loss. I am pleased with the performance as a whole but there is room for improvement. Each game is very important moving forward. Ottawa showed what they are made of with Harris at the controls and a very capable receiving core. Then it’s off to Calgary at home. Currently they have all facets of their game working very well. Good game yesterday but we need to prepare and play 110% from here in. Everybody has a job to do and it’s nice to know we have a choice at QB for whatever situation we may find ourselves in. O needs work,and we need to tighten up on D. I hope the Riders dig deep the next few weeks and play the way I believe they can for 60 minutes. Go Riders !!!

  6. If I were Jones:
    I’d start and stick with Glenn,
    Sign him to an 8 year deal,
    Send Vernon Adams to BC for a bag of pucks
    And for any who believes that, Set my DT Regina condo with the Ocean view. 🙂

  7. SELL my…

  8. Start Glen

  9. South-west cowboy // October 8, 2017 at 8:26 pm //

    Anyone ever heard of J.J.Barnnagel?

  10. 3rd and 1 // October 9, 2017 at 12:03 pm //

    The reality is simple. The Media can debate the fans can debate. For all that matters the players can debate. The fact of the matter is it dosent matter.
    Chris Jones and his staff have their system. They are not going to listen to anyone. Why should they. If their system is working while they are rebuilding this team. Why should they change it.
    As mentioned before. The second coaches start listening to the fans. It won’t be long before they are sitting with them.
    Why would you want to take out your Vet and replace him with a younger inexperienced QB unless you have too. Why tell the other teams what your game plans are. Why allow your competitor all week to scheme up plans to shut down your young QB.
    I’ve said it in several other articles. Having 2 QBs playing well is exactly what a lot of past successful teams have had. Including last year with Harris and Burris. Even the Riders. 2013 was 2 QBs playing well but now both are playing not so well. Darian Durant and Drew Willy. 2007 was Kerry Joseph, Marcus Crandle, Darian Durant, Drew Tate. 1989 was Kent Austin and Tom Burgess.
    So it’s imperative to have 2 QBs playing well. I can’t imagine how Bomber fans feel right now without having a solid back up for Nichols. His throwing hand looked bad and so did his back up. The young man had zero confidence in his abilities. It was so obvious that the kid was terrified to throw the ball.
    Let’s leave Glen as 1A and Bridge as 2A and let’s get our #3 up to starting caliber as well. Then in 2019 Glen can assume a positional coaching job as the Riders QB coach.

    • 3Rd and 1 – Good point touching on getting #3 in the mix. BC in my opinion had the perfect one two combination at the start of the season. Couple of rough starts for Jennings and the injury to Lulay and the are having a hell of a time. Dont even Ottawa got to the point of playing their third – what a difference with Harris back in. BTW – who does BC have sitting 2nd and 3rd now at QB?

  11. *holy spell check Batman*

  12. Right now, we have Alex Ross and Mitchell Gale behind JJ. Ross is showing as the #2 guy on the depth chart. Gale was just signed after the injury to Travis.

  13. 3rd and 1 // October 9, 2017 at 4:06 pm //

    What I have noticed in the industry is that satellite receivers, cable boxes, Bluerays are much smaller and thinner. So there is some installers that like to mount those components on the back of the TV itself. As well as a sound bar mounted to the TV on the bottom. So all items swing out together.

  14. 3rd and 1 // October 9, 2017 at 4:09 pm //

    Sorry about that last post people. It was a simple cut and paste. Just to see if I could post. As all of a sudden the system told me I could no longer post from my email address. Not knowing what the heck has happened. Confused is a good word to describe what’s happening.

  15. riderontheisland // October 10, 2017 at 12:41 pm //

    I would stick with what’s working right now too. It seems that if Glenn doesn’t roll they pull him and he explains to BB what he saw and why he couldn’t execute. BB is different type of QB so it provides a change of pace and KG is mature enough to get the hook and immediately work with his replacement to help the team win. Wow is this a different situation than we had with DD. He didn’t want anyone to win besides himself

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