It’s a start, even though it’s not technically a start.
Mitch Trubisky received first-team reps with the Chicago Bears’ No. 1 offense on Wednesday and will get some on-field time with the group during the team’s third preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. What is widely regarded as the dress rehearsal for the regular season, Mike Glennon will start the game and play the first half, while Trubisky will take over with the first team to start the second half. It’s a well-earned promotion for Trubisky, who has looked good while working with the third-string offense.
Glennon, Trubisky, and head coach John Fox spoke with the assembled media at Halas Hall and discussed the quarterback situation and other things leading up to Sunday’s game. You can watch Fox talk about his quarterback situation here, Glennon discuss what lies ahead in the third preseason game here, and Trubisky on getting those ever-so-important first-team reps here.
The highlights from Wednesday:
- To be clear, Fox made it known that there has been no change on the quarterback depth chart. In fact, Fox says the Bears are following a plan that has been in place for some time. The way Fox sees it, the third preseason game represents the last chance Trubisky will get to work with the first-team offense during the preseason and an opportunity to get a true evaluation of the player. “I think his performance has been good. To get a true evaluation and for us to look at him, we need to do this and I think most people in the league would agree and do this.”
- After being non-committal regarding the quarterback situation Monday, Fox was asked if he was open to Trubisky starting the regular season under center. Fox left the door slightly open with his response, even if it was (mostly) a vote of confidence in Glennon. “I don’t like doing hypotheticals. Right now, Mike Glennon’s the starter. He’s going to start preseason (game) three, which is a pretty good indicator where you start the season.”
- When asked if there was a quarterback competition in camp now that Trubisky was taking reps with the 1’s, Fox skillfully dodged the question by saying “I’d answer that, but you guys would run with it somehow so I’ll just not answer it.”
- Trubisky said he found out about the team’s decision Tuesday from offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, and added he was excited about the opportunity while trying to keep it all in perspective. “I was excited, but it shouldn’t make a difference how I approach things. You always prepare like you’re the starter and always support your teammates and whatever group you’re in, you just continue to make them better and get yourself better.”
- It’s fair to say Trubisky is starting to get quarterback speak down, but he’ll be the first to say the most important aspect of his development involves getting as many reps as possible. Trubisky feels the more reps he gets, the better feel he will have for the offense and his teammates. Hence, the importance of Trubisky working with the first-team offense. Because even if he doesn’t start the season as the No. 1 quarterback, he was better off getting playing time with those players at some point. All things considered, it’s better he gets those reps sooner, rather than later.
- On the other side of the quarterback coin is Glennon, who might be feeling a sense of deja vu with Trubisky ramping up behind him on the depth chart. To his credit, Glennon said all the right things during his session with the media. “I just have to control what I can control, and that’s going out there and playing good football for the Bears. That’s really all that came to mind is just focus on what I can control and go out and prepare this week to go out and execute.”
- Glennon says he has been informed there has been no change on the depth chart, as was discussed and confirmed by Fox’s comments. As for whether or not Trubisky’s rise to the point where the two are sharing first-team reps, Glennon couldn’t fully come around to calling it a disappointment. But it sure sounded like he was coming close. “I guess you can say yes, but I mean, I don’t know if surprising would be … I don’t even know. They just told me that’s what it was, and it was “OK, time to start getting ready.”