Per reports, the Bears have officially named 1st round pick Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback, starting with their Monday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Trubisky, the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, excelled in preseason play, being promoted from 3rd on the depth chart to 2nd, surpassing Mark Sanchez. He now leapfrogs Mike Glennon, who was signed to a 3 year/$45 million contract this offseason, as the starter.
Glennon, despite being 1-3 and a dropped pass from 2-2, has really struggled to start the season. He has thrown 5 interceptions already this season, including two in last Thursday’s loss to Green Bay.
Trubisky joins good company, as every Bears quarterback to make their NFL debut at home against the Vikings since 200 has won. Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton, and Rex Grossman all started their careers with victories over the Vikings in Chicago.
Trubisky will be the third rookie quarterback to make a start this season, including the Texans’ Deshaun Watson and the Browns’ DeShone Kizer.
The Bears front office and coaching staff had previously committed fully to Glennon as the starter this entire year, but softened their tone after the loss to the Packers, leading to the speculation regarding this quarterbacking change. Alas, we get that change.
This is yet to be confirmed by the organization, but I would expect that to come either later today or tomorrow, whenever reporters can next speak with head coach John Fox.
Even those who boo’ed the Trubisky pick at the draft party have been yearning for the switch, as most Bears fans have been disappointed at best with the play of Glennon.
Glennon’s contract only has $3 million guaranteed on it after the 2017 season, so there is a really high chance that, without any injury, we have seen the last of Mike Glennon as the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears.