While Mike Glennon has been entrenched as the Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback since signing with the team back in March, the backup plans may still be up for debate.
When asked who the team’s No. 2 quarterback was going to be entering the season-opener against the Atlanta Falcons, John Fox refused to tip his hand. More specifically, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports that Fox declined an opportunity to name Mitch Trubisky or Mark Sanchez the No. 2 quarterback. Okay. Let’s think about that.
Figuring out who’s No. 2 on the QB depth chart isn’t the most pressing need, but it does carry some relatively significant implications (particularly for Trubisky’s development).
On the one hand, the Bears could set Sanchez up to be Glennon’s backup, which is what the seemed to be the plan when Sanchez signed on in the offseason, and it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
In the event that Glennon is injured and/or pulled from a game, Sanchez can jump right in and prevent Trubisky from having to act as the dreaded “savior,” of the team – a position for which no one is ever ready. Further, depending on how snaps are divided at practice, Trubisky’s development would be ill-served by being asked to navigate through a defense he didn’t game-plan against. And in any case, this is precisely why having a backup like Sanchez pays off. He’s a veteran who’s seen a lot and served in many different roles. His versatility and experience is why the Bears decided to add him in the first place.
To be sure, Sanchez hasn’t started a game since Week 11 in 2015, but at this stage of his career, he should be more than capable of guiding the Bears offense through murky waters if Glennon was unable to finish a game he started.
On the other hand … things have changed for Trubisky, too.
However, if the Bears decided to stay true to their original plan and keep Trubisky as the No. 3 quarterback to start the season, it would likely lead to him being inactive on Sundays. That could be a bit of a bummer, but it wouldn’t completely stunt Trubisky’s development process. As the No. 3 quarterback, Trubisky would be handling the scout team – something that could allow him to get reps under center and seeing the kinds of looks opposing defenses will throw in his direction.
And to be fair, Trubisky could learn a thing or two from practicing against the diverse looks defensive coordinator Vic Fangio throws … even if it’s just in practice.