The Bears start training camp a week from today and the quarterback depth chart is completely different from a year ago.
Bears GM Ryan Pace signed veteran Mike Glennon this offseason and named him the starting quarterback. And on draft night, Pace stunned the football world with trading up to acquire his franchise QB in Mitch Trubisky.
Now with camp a week away, the Bears will not have Jay Cutler under center for the first time since 2009. And with a prized rookie and a veteran trying to earn the starting job, the main focus will on No. 8 and 10.
Glennon is guaranteed $16 million in the first year of his theee year deal. While he is proclaimed as the starting QB, it’s his job to lose. He only threw eleven passes in 2016. Even though Glennon took all the first team reps during the offseason program, he still has to go out and win the job.
Trubisky, who ranked sixth in the NCAA last season in passer rating on throws 20 or more yards, should be allowed to compete for the job. The Bears want to take the “developmental path” with their franchise QB, but if he stands out, let him compete and a chance to win the job.
The best player should play. Glennon may look good in just a helmet, the same goes for Trubisky. But when you got Akiem Hicks and Leonard Floyd coming at you, how will they perform. Right away, I’m worried about Glennon only throwing 11 passes in the last two seasons. The inexperience is a concern and in a big year for John Fox, are you going to be confident in giving Glennon the starting role?
Trubisky is only a rookie, but what if he outperforms Glennon in camp? And with his large amount of pre-seasons reps, he could blow Glennon out of water. Trubisky showed great arm strength and accuracy at UNC and has a great frame. Now, it’s time for Trubisky to continue to grow and excel at training camp and show the coaches he can compete.
I’m not hating on Glennon, I’m just pointing out the concern that I have and many others do. It would be an awful mistake for the Bears to just start Glennon out of guilt. I would not be surprised if midway through camp Trubisky started to take some first team reps.
The Bears rookies have reported and on July 25th at the campus of Oliver Nazarene in Bourbonnais, IL, veterans will report and on the 26th, football begins!