Stamps quarterbacks Tate and Glenn have striking similarities
If the former can’t go this Friday, the latter will slide right in and maintain offensive continuity
To say one is a carbon copy of the other would be silly, but Drew Tate and Kevin Glenn are more alike in their trade than one might think.
“Their games are fairly similar,” began Calgary Stampeders’ offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson. “Both accurate passers; I believe a little bit underrated at pocket movement. I wouldn’t call either one a physically imposing guy but basically in my opinion you can run the same plays, you don’t have to change too much; figure out what you think works and let both guys throw it. They basically play the same type of game. Kevin’s fire is underrated. He is a competitive guy. Drew shows it a bit more, but Kevin’s a very competitive guy as well.
“A lot more similarities than differences.”
For the second straight practice, the starter Tate — hampered by a strained muscle in his right forearm — went through the motions, did some footwork, some limbering exercises but, alas, no throwing of the football. Head coach/GM John Hufnagel had said that what happens on Day 3 of the practice week would determine who will start against the Montreal Alouettes, and it’s looking more and more like Tate won’t be atop the depth chart.
“It’s still day-to-day, I guess,” he shrugged. “Wake up every morning and hope it feels better. Feels a lot better than yesterday; see how tomorrow feels.”
That would also mean that Glenn will once again, as he seems to do every July 12 (well, last year anyway), start in Montreal on Friday.
“It’s kind of freaky and unusual, but those kinds of things happen and you take it for what it’s worth,” Glenn noted. “No one could have predicted it, so it’s one of those things you try not to think about it and just go about your business.”
Hufnagel didn’t make any definitive statements (“If he (Tate) is throwing the ball tomorrow (Wednesday) effectively, then he’ll play”) but the way all of the principles were talking after practice, expect to see the veteran at the controls.
As far as Dickenson is concerned, it’s an either/or scenario.
“Whether it goes his way or not, Kevin is a starting quarterback in our league,” he pointed out. “There’s just no doubt about it. He’s proven that he wins lots of games, wins big games. So for us, yes, he has a lot more to draw on. He’s seen more looks, but Montreal just challenges you and sees if you’re better than them. So a lot of times it’s can you beat that guy across the line of scrimmage from you?”
“I don’t see too much of a difference,” commented veteran receiver Nik Lewis. “I feel comfortable with either one. They both execute the offence very well. They both see the game differently, so of course you’re going to have some difference in the way they read things. Two people are always going to see something different, especially when it happens so fast in a game.”
Regardless of in what capacity, Glenn has his sights firmly on the Als.
“That’s what Montreal does, they come after you, they make you get rid of the ball as a quarterback and they challenge you as an offence,” he said. “Their defence challenges you and as a quarterback you have to make perfect ball throws and receivers are going to have to come up with big catches.
“You know that type of team, with the veterans they have, they don’t lose at home a lot and they’re going to be ready . . . especially after going through what they went through last week. But we will, too. We’re going to have that attitude, too.”
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