After an embarrassing showing by the Chicago Bears’ offense in a Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it would have been fair to wonder whether or not backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky would get some practice time with the No. 1 offense. However, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains dismissed it out of hand, while re-iterating that Mike Glennon is the team’s starting quarterback.
I hope you weren’t holding your breath while waiting for a different response.
Still, Trubisky wants in on the action. Loggains told reporters at Halas Hall that Trubisky, “like every other backup, he wants to play.”
Trubisky’s placement as a backup should come as no surprise. The team’s insistent backing of Glennon hasn’t publicly wavered and dates back to the preseason, despite calls for the rookie to start after he outplayed the veteran in the first two exhibition contests. Those calls were muffled momentarily when Glennon “balled out” (even impressing Trubisky) in the team’s win against the Tennessee Titans in the third preseason game, but still, they were there.
For what it’s worth, Trubisky is training hard to be prepared in case his number is called at any point. As the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, Trubisky needs to be ready to guide the team through a game if Glennon was to leave early due to injury (or, eh hem, performance). Through, we’ve already learned that Fox isn’t keen on the idea of pulling Glennon if he’s playing poorly, citing a need to get reps and gain familiarity with Loggains’ offense.
Last week, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune wrote Trubisky could benefit from working against the Bears’ starting defense. In finding his routine behind Glennon, which included playing the role of Jameis Winston as the scout team quarterback, Trubisky said: “I know exactly what I need to do on a week-to-week basis to get prepared for games. And even more so, so I can be more time-efficient, get my rest, study all the film and be ready to go on Sunday.”
Ideally, all that prep work will come in handy when the Bears are finally ready to hand over the keys to the No. 2 overall pick and potential quarterback of the future.