Through two preseason games, rookie Mitch Trubisky has out-played starter Mike Glennon to the point where you could just about make a case for the No. 2 overall pick to get reps with the No. 1 offense sooner, rather than later.
So will Trubisky be given a shot to run with the 1’s during the all-important preseason Week 3 matchup against the Tennessee Titans?
“We haven’t talked about that. Obviously we’re very, very early … we’re not even into preparation for the Titans yet,” said Chicago Bears head coach John Fox when speaking to reporters at Halas Hall on Monday. “So, we’ll meet on that, we’ll talk, and we’ll keep you guys posted.”
Surprisingly, that wasn’t a “no” from Fox, who has previously and assertively maintained that Glennon would be the starter as planned since the team traded up to draft Trubisky with the second overall pick back in June. So technically, this represents the first point in time when the Bears wavered from their commitment to their free agent addition.
When asked a follow up question regarding whether or not Trubisky would practice with the first unit, Fox made note the team won’t practice again until Wednesday and the team would figure out its practice plans today (Tuesday).
So now, the Bears must tackle their biggest summer challenge: Fox and his coaching staff must figure out whether it’s more important to give Glennon an extended look with the first team or allow Trubisky to get his first shot with the group after being more impressive than not in his first two preseason appearances.
To be sure, it doesn’t yet look like that time is now, but perhaps only because it’s such a big leap with many implications. Indeed, when asked if Trubisky can take first-team snaps without it being an affront to Glennon, Fox answered: “I think probably not. But like I said, we’ll evaluate that and see how it goes.”
Being non-committal is nothing new for Fox, who keeps it as close to the vest as any NFL coach, but to act this way about this particular quarterback situation is a whole lot different. Stay tuned.