The Chicago Bears quarterback plans have been discussed to death, right?
Mike Glennon was signed in free agency to be the starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez was added to the mix to be his backup, and Mitch Trubisky was drafted with an intent on letting him learn, grow, and develop at his own pace. The plan was clear, concise, and, frankly, pretty logical.
But sometimes, things don’t go as planned.
It’s cliche, but true: Actions speak louder than words. And if the Bears’ actions could be translated, things might sound different. No, Trubisky isn’t supplanting Glennon atop the depth chart – not right now, at least (and definitely not after Glennon had his best showing of the preseason). HOWEVER, perhaps Trubisky has made a case to be the Bears’ No. 2 quarterback – even if the team hasn’t yet elevated him on the depth chart. To be sure, the Bears have gone out of their way to not call their quarterback situation a competition, but maybe the numbers tell a different story.
Here is how the Bears have split up the 201 offensive plays (we’ve have removed two kneel-downs from the equation) among the top three quarterbacks on their depth chart:
- Trubisky: 93 (46.26%)
- Glennon: 91 (45.27%)
- Sanchez: 13 (6.4%)
For the sake of the argument, let’s take the team’s words at face value and not consider this a quarterback competition for the starting job. Let’s also consider one of offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains’ biggest challenges this summer was splitting reps between Glennon, Sanchez, Trubisky, and – to a lesser extent, Connor Shaw. Glennon needed the lion’s share of the practice snaps, while Sanchez needed enough to learn the offense in case of an emergency. That left Trubisky picking up whatever practice snaps were available, and Shaw on the outside looking in.
At minimum, the number of snaps Trubisky has seen reveals a team willing to use game action for development to replace practice time that was unavailable. To that end, the Bears deserve a ton of credit for creating an opportunity to accelerate Trubisky’s development process when it appeared his position on the depth chart could have stunted his growth.
For what it’s worth, Trubisky has definitely made the most of his preseason playing time. Statistics suggest Trubisky has been the Bears’ best quarterback through three games. He has completed 34 of 48 passes (70.8%), thrown for 354 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, and posted a 112.7 rating. It’s just preseason. And most of it came against opposing second team units. But aren’t good quarterbacks supposed to show their superiority over inferior competition? It’s certainly better than the alternative.
While it is important we listen closely to what the Bears’ brass says, it’s what they do in practice and on the field that will tell more of the story.