A month out from Bears training camp, rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has no plans to upset the apple cart in Chicago.
Speaking Friday with SiriusXM NFL Radio, the No. 2 pick in the draft called veteran passer Mike Glennon the unquestioned starter.
“Mike’s a great dude. He’s an absolute pro. We’ve got a great quarterback room with him, Mark Sanchez and Connor Shaw. So we’ve all been helping each other compete and getting better every day,” Trubisky said. “But Mike’s the starter and I’m behind him all the way.”
The Bears stunned their long-suffering fan base by trading up in the draft to nab Trubisky after paying a king’s ransom — $18.5 million guaranteed — to Glennon in free agency.
The Chicago Tribune reported in May that Glennon, the former Bucs backup, felt “cheated on” after the Bearsselected Trubisky, but the veteran announced later in the month that this remained “his year, his team.”
“It’s my job to come in, learn the offense as fast as possible and then just go out there and compete,” Trubisky said Friday. “[Glennon’s] helping me with anything I need help with and I’m there for him, just being another set of eyes on the field.”
Said the rookie: “Mike’s been awesome and he’s been a huge part of me learning and my development so far with the Bears. So I’m lucky to have great teammates.”
This is all very nice, but reality suggests that Trubisky and Glennon — maybe even Sanchez — could all make starts for the Bears this season.
He’s got the job for now, but if and when Glennon struggles, there will be immense pressure to play the kid for whom Chicago sold the farm. We’ve seen this story a thousand times before.