The Chicago Bears signed Mike Glennon as their starting quarterback this off season, and the coaches felt he did just enough during camp and preseason to keep that job for the regular season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.
Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who began camp third on the depth chart behind veteran Mark Sanchez, has impressed enough to be named number two for week one.
Earlier today, head coach John Fox said of Trubisky, "He earned that spot," and that "everyone was impressed how fast he picked things up."
While some fans don’t believe Trubisky had a fair shake to win the starting gig, you can’t deny that he was given every opportunity to move up from three to two. During preseason Trubisky threw fifty-three passes to only six from Sanchez. Here are Trubisky’s preseason numbers; 36 of 53 (67.9%), for 364 yards (6.9 ypa), 3 TDs, 0 Ints, for a 106.2 passer rating. He had 5 runs for 48 yards (9.6 ypc), and he was sacked 3 times.
I thought the Bears did a really good job in bringing Trubisky along this preseason (except that weird fourth game), and I detailed that in this article, Breaking down the Mitchell Trubisky to Tanner Gentry touchdown pass.
For the foreseeable future at least, the Bears plan to keep Sanchez around as the third quarterback.
The rookie, number two overall pick, is now just one Mike Glennon injury away from getting actual reps in an NFL game.
When Fox was asked about Glennon starting on Sunday and giving them the best chance to win, he said, "He's proved that too. He's earned it."
Glennon spoke with the media today.
.@Mike_Glennon is now at the podium. #GoBears https://t.co/yAL4DM39RM— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 6, 2017
Bears’ offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, also met the media today.
OC Dowell Loggains is addressing the media. #GoBears https://t.co/RummoZ1fqG— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 6, 2017