LAKE FOREST – As Sgt. Schultz would exclaim at the climactic moment of every one of the 168 episodes of Hogan’s Heroes, this is going to be “vayree eenteristink!”
The Bears would like us to believe they do not have a quarterback controversy, just a lot of nice options at the position.
I would like to believe the same but ... .
Before I go there, since I have not written on the subject since the Bears made Mitch (it just feels and sounds better than Mitchell and I hope he’s not offended) Trubisky the second overall pick in the draft, here are my thoughts.
I have no problem with the Bears drafting a quarterback, Trubisky in the first round after signing Mike Glennon in free agency.
The Bears have sucked at quarterback for too long and now have the best competition at the position they’ve had in most of our lifetimes. If they have two good quarterbacks, that’s a great problem.
If Mike Glennon’s feelings are hurt, tough.
The fact is – we think – the job is his until he’s not good enough to keep it, and if Trubisky looking over his shoulder scares him what are J.J. Watt, Von Miller or Aaron Donald going to do to him?
I believe the trade up to get Trubisky was an unnecessary mistake that hurt the Bears throughout the draft and will hurt next year when they’re missing a third-round pick, and I felt Deshaun Watson was a better prospect than Trubisky.
But I know Ryan Pace is a better scout than I am, so I trust his choice of Trubisky, and I’m glad he is a Bear.
Now back to my dilemma, believing there is no qurterback controversy at Halas Hall.
We’re told the plan is for Glennon to play well and Trubisky to sit this year, but several coaches and players sounded like the folks in the White House trying to explain the James Comey firing when asked about it.
Queried how he would get Glennon and Trubisky to work well together, coach John Fox said, “They’ve talked. They’ve gotten together.
“In this league you’re not one deep. There’s competition, there’s camaraderie, there’s brotherhood, teamwork, all of those things.”
Trubisky begged to differ a bit, however, when asked if he’d met Glennon.
“I haven’t been able to meet Mike or any of the quarterbacks yet," he said. "But we’ve been texting. That’s the day and age. So I’m looking forward to meeting him.”
While not a big deal or even a problem necessarily, it does beg the question, are these guys on the same page or just making it up as they go?
That they haven’t yet actually spoken reflects very poorly on Glennon, a guy whose leadership skills we’ve heard rave reviews about.
Dowell Loggains also had an interesting answer when asked about developing both players.
“Well, I’m really excited about the challenge of it. It comes down to the biggest issue and you guys are very aware of it – the reps," he said. "We have to be really smart with our plan and how we practice, because it’s not just one guy, it’s two guys and there’s Mark [Sanchez] and there’s Connor [Shaw].
I’ve been doing this a long time and I’m not aware of any situation in the league where the starter – Glennon? – doesn’t get the bulk of the reps in training camp and almost all of them once the season starts.
When asked if he was really committed to Glennon or if things could turn out as they did last year after the Eagles indicated they didn’t expect Carson Wentz to play as a rookie, Fox said, “You know you can't predict what's going to happen week-to-week.
“I could say something but the reality is I can't read the future, so we're just going to compete every day and see where it falls.”
Am I reading too much into this or is Fox saying there is a competition for the quarterback job and Trubisky could be playing sooner than we think – and the Bears allegedly hope?
Somewhere, Sgt. Schultz must be smiling.
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