Despite the good play by Mitchell Trubisky, the Chicago Bears make sure to shut down any semblance of a quarterback battle.
The Chicago Bears made waves when, after signing Mike Glennon to be the starting quarterback, they drafted Mitchell Trubisky with the second pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. They even moved up and traded very valuable picks in the process.
Since the moment the Bears drafted Trubisky, everyone in the organization, including the players, toed the line and said Glennon is the starter. There is no competition, they say.
Playing preseason games now, Trubisky continues to impress. After two games, he completed 72.7 percent of his passes (24-of-33) and two touchdowns. He has a 111.4 passer rating. Glennon, on the other hand, hasn’t looked as well. He completed 57.7 percent of his passes (15-of-26), one touchdown and 2 interceptions. He has a 48.4 passer rating.
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Many want to see a true quarterback battle in camp. Yes, Trubisky plays with the third team. As well as he played, though, he deserves a shot with the twos or even the starters to get a better handle on where he is in his progression.
Nope — the Bears don’t want that.
No matter how well Trubisky plays, the Bears are going with Glennon as the season starter. They will ignore all the signs, and even try to stack the odds against the rookie.
In his first outing, against the Denver Broncos, Trubisky had some help from players who will actually play during the season. He got in on 20 plays against the Arizona Cardinals. Of those, nine of them went to Josh Rounds. Who is Josh Rounds, you say? He’s someone you won’t have to know about in a couple of weeks.
Rounds gained a total of 18 yards, 17 of them on one play. The Cardinals blitzed and harassed Trubisky, They got to him twice, but one of the sacks didn’t count because of a face mask penalty. That personal foul was one of two against the Cardinals on Trubisky. He showed poise in the pocket, completing six of his eight passes. The shots he took didn’t affect how he played (per the Chicago Tribune):
“I took a couple shots there, but that’s football and you are just going to have to keep working and keep playing. I feel like once I get that first hit, I’m really settled down and I’m in there and ready to go, and that’s how it was tonight. After that, we moved the ball down the field and got going a little bit.”
Glennon, however, looked slow. He hasn’t been sacked yet, but he hasn’t handled pressure very well. In the first game, he threw an ill-advised pass that went for a pick-six. In the second game, he threw an ill-advised pass on the Cardinals 5-yard line. Arizona converted the turnover into a touchdown. A red-zone interception? Where have we seen that before?
Once again, what’s the problem with having Trubisky play against better competition? If there is no competition, then it shouldn’t matter. You get a better idea of what Trubisky needs to do to get better. Then you have him improve on the practice field.
The Bears still won’t do it. We keep hearing about helping Glennon’s confidence. Really? Why? If his ego is so fragile that a battle against a rookie who will not win casts doubts in his mind, then he shouldn’t be a starting quarterback.
Apparently, Glennon needs his ego stroked. Fox went as far as to compare the hype on Trubisky to the hype he experienced with Tim Tebow. Fox also had this to say back in June regarding the rookie, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune:
“I’ve been around situations like that before, back in my time at Denver even with Tebow,” Fox said Tuesday afternoon after the first day of minicamp at Halas Hall.
“We’re going to do whatever we can. As coaches, we got to put guys in positions where they can utilize their skill set, and it won’t be any different this year.”
If the Bears refuse to let Trubisky show what he can do against starter-quality players in the preseason, then we shouldn’t see him during the regular season. If that’s the case, then we shouldn’t expect many more than three wins in 2017.