It will be up to veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn to try to get the Montreal Alouettes to the CFL playoffs.
The Alouettes, ravaged by injuries at quarterback, acquired the 36-year-old from the last-place Saskatchewan Roughriders for a fifth-round draft pick on Wednesday. He got a contract extension through the 2016 season as part of the deal.
Coach and general manager Jim Popp hopes Glenn can pick up the team's system and terminology in time to start a home game Sunday against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Als (5-9) have four regular-season games remaining to try to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time since the team returned to Montreal in 1996.
"It's no added pressure," Glenn said. "We play for these opportunities to be in a storybook."
Popp made the deal ahead of the CFL trade deadline after rookie Rakeem Cato suffered a concussion in a 25-17 loss at home to the TorontoArgonauts on Monday.
Quarterbacks have been a disaster for Montreal this season. Starter Jonathan Crompton and backup Dan LeFevour were injured in the season opener. Cato, Brandon Bridge, Tanner Marsh and Anthony Boone have seen action since then.
Glenn, who will be their seventh quarterback to take a snap, at least brings a wealth of CFL experience. The 15-year veteran has 3,455 career completions for 45,510 yards.
"It's tough sometimes getting traded in the middle of the year, but I beleive Montreal has a great team," Glenn said. "I just want to do my part.
"It's all exciting, especially at my time of career. The big thing is being on a team that's a contender. Watching from far, this is a very good team. I'm glad to be here."
Glenn has been nearly everywhere in the CFL. He started in 2001 with Saskatchewan, moved to Winnipeg in 2004, to Hamilton in 2009, Calgary in 2012, B.C. in 2014 and back to Saskatchewan this season. His rights have also been owned by Toronto and Ottawa, so the only team he's never been part of is Edmonton.
The Detroit native looks forward to working with the co-offensive co-ordinators Ryan Dinwiddie, his former teammate in Winnipeg, and Anthony Calvillo, the CFL's all-time passing leader and a long-time rival.
Glenn was also a teammate of receiver Nik Lewis in Calgary and considers S.J. Green the best receiver in the league.
The question is how much Glenn has left in his legs.
"I think I've got a lot left," he said. "I don't think this would have happened if I didn't."
Popp said he is not giving up on his young quarterbacks, but hopes having Glenn as the starter this year and probably next will give them time to develop.
And by acquiring Glenn, he has shown he is not giving up on the season.
Montreal is last in the East Division but tied with both B.C. (5-9) and Winnipeg (5-10) for the third playoff spot in the West Division standings. The Alouettes would have to accumulate more points than both clubs in order to become the first Eastern squad to cross over to the West come playoff time.
"We're just as much in it as anyone," said Popp. "We're not going to stop what we're doing.
"We have too good of a team. We've just had some hard luck."
Glenn completed 171-of-257 passes for 2,174 yards with nine TDs and 10 interceptions this season with the Riders (2-13), who have been eliminated from playoff contention in the West Division.