Chris Jones said there’s “no doubt” Kevin Glenn will be his starting quarterback in Ottawa on Friday.
The 17-year CFL veteran was pulled by Jones early in the fourth quarter against Calgary after going 12-0f-19 for just 127 yards and an interception with the Riders trailing 12-2 in the fourth quarter.
“When you can’t protect and KG’s a 38-year-old guy – when you protect and you can run the football he’ll stand there and he’ll cut you up,” the Riders head coach said. When there’s pressure consistently up in his face, and he’s having to move around, he’s not a runner – don’t want him to be a runner – we want him to just move around and throw the ball. You can’t put him in a second and manageable because you can’t get two yards on first and 10 then we gotta put somebody in there to make them defend the length of the field.”
Glenn got hit on the right hand by Micah Johnson near the end of the first half, the same one that kept him out of Saskatchewan’s Week 13 win in Hamilton.
“He got it hit, I think he’s still okay because he came back in the second half and he was able to throw the football, as long as he can grip it, I think he’s okay,” Jones said.
Canadian QB Brandon Bridge entered the game and went 6-for-7 with 91 yards and a touchdown while adding three carries for 12 yards, which made him the Riders’ leading rusher in the game.
“I thought Brandon did pretty good, I wished he would’ve moved around in the pocket on that last play instead of standing there, he’s gotta know that his biggest attributes if it’s cloudy to use the width of the field to his advantage,” Jones said. “But he did a real nice job of coming in and generating a touchdown for us.”
Many Rider faithful want Bridge to start, but Jones was adamant about sticking with Glenn when Saskatchewan travels to the nation’s capital to take on the Redblacks.
“Oh yeah, yeah,” Jones said about keeping Glenn as the No. 1 pivot, “no doubt about it.”