The Mke Glennon/Mitch Trubisky battle has been the talk of the offseason. Some people want the young, intriguing quarterback to come in and sweep us off our feets, leaving our quarterback woes behind. Some want to give Mike Glennon a chance to shine and show us the $18 million dollar paycheck we cut him wasn’t just one big comedy skit.
Mitch Trubisky had a great preseason, now read that again and think about it. Preseason… The 08′ Lions had a 4-0 preseason. Trubisky excelled against men who won’t see the field this year (health permitting).
I will never discredit the ability he showed. He showed poise, confidence, vision, and athleticism. I’m just as excited as the next guy for Mitch to be the face of this franchise.
I’m going to give you my bold, unpopular take on the whole quarterback situation, and why we benefit so much more if Mike Glennon is good, opposed to him being bad. But it probably isn’t what most fans want to hear.
1. Trade value: A handful of teams are starving for a long term, groomable quarterback. A few to name are the Cardinals, Jets, and 49ers. If Mike Glennon is good this year, he becomes expendable. We have him to trade to a QB hungry team for a couple good players and a draft pick. Glennon brings so much trade value even if he has a decent year. Teams can get desperate and trade away the house for a starting quarterback.
2. 2018 draft/Free Agency: I don’t know about everyone else, but when Mitch starts, I want him to have all the tools around him to succeed, and our WR core right now isn’t a group of dudes you wanna be thrown into. Our tackles are average, Josh Sitton is already showing issues with staying on the field, and who knows if Kyle Long will be the same. When healthy, our line is good, but that’s a lot to ask for. If Glennon is good, we get a whole free agency and draft to add the correct pieces on offense around us to help Mitch be the best he can be.
3. Another year to simply learn: You can never get too many reps or read the playbook too many times. It seems as if Trubisky is catching on and growing quicker than we thought, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to be thrown into the starting lineup this raw. Give him some sideline views and another year to groom, and he’ll shock the world.
Like I stated earlier in the article, I’m ecstatic for Mitch to be the future of this franchise, but I’m not gonna let my impatience take over common sense and throw this kid into the fire after a couple preseason games. We need Mike Glennon to be good, and if he is, we will be a playoff team in 2018.