The Chicago Bears have a quarterback controversy. They had one ever since general manager Ryan Pace decided to trade up and pick Mitchell Trubisky with the second pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Sure, Mike Glennon was Plan A, they did pay him Plan A type of money, but at some point in the draft process, Pace and his scouts started formulating Plan B. Then again, maybe paying Glennon starter money, while secretly coveting Trubisky was the only plan all along.
We may never know.
Through two preseason games, and all of training camp, it’s clear that Glennon hasn’t been able to put his stamp on the team. His salary and experience guaranteed him a shot at the #1 job, but his play hasn’t cemented that.
Trubisky has looked OK at camp so far, but his play when the lights came on has been eyeopening.
When playing with the reserves Trubisky looks like a first round draft pick, while Glennon, who has played with the starters, looks like a guy still trying to figure things out. You have to think at some point the Bears’ coaches will want to see Trubisky play with the starters.
At today’s post practice press conference, head coach John Fox was asked if they plan on giving Trubisky some reps with the starters this week, and Fox said no decision has been made at this time.
I repeat, no decision has been made at this time...
Here are few quotes form the presser.
Reporter to John Fox: Will Trubisky practice with ones?— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 21, 2017
Fox: "We don't practice until Wednesday so we'll kind of figure that out tomorrow."
. @MarkPotash : Is there a way to work Trubisky in with 1s without it being an "affront" to Glennon?#Bears coach John Fox: "Probably not."— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) August 21, 2017
Reporter to John Fox: Will Trubisky play with the ones this week?— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) August 21, 2017
Fox: "We'll meet on that, we'll talk and we'll keep you guys posted."
That “no decision” stance is a bit different than what Fox has been saying the last few weeks. We’ll have to wait and see how the Bears proceed, but not allowing Trubisky to compete is a disservice to the team. The players know what’s been going on during practice. They feel the buzz when Trubisky enters the preseason games. If Glennon continues to look like he has, while Trubisky keeps learning and growing as a player, Fox will have to pull the trigger.