After years of dismal results from quarterback Jay Cutler, the Chicago Bears front office finally made the decision to move on from the talented signal caller out of the University of Vanderbilt when they decided to release him in the month of March.
The man that they are going to replace Cutler with is the unproven Mike Glennon who was the backup for Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston. Everyone though that Glennon was going to be the man under center for the Bears in the foreseeable future, but in the video above the Bears front office had other plans.
The Bears decided to switch spots with the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, which resulted in them selecting Mitchell Trubisky out of the University of North Carolina. To go along with the Bears exchanging spots with the 49ers, the Niners also receive the 67th and 111th pick in this year’s draft and a third-round pick next year to move back one spot.
The Sports world reaction to the Bears selecting Trubisky with the 2nd overall pick in this year’s draft was a negative one. Just about every football analyst on the planet is under the impression that Bears General Manager Ryan Pace made a horrible mistake by moving up to select Trubisky.
As for me, I will not bash the pick just yet; I want to see what the guy can do on the field before I can legitimately criticize the selection. Unfortunately, that will probably not happen until the 2018 season. A day after the Trubisky selection, General Manager Ryan Pace stated: that “Glennon is their guy” in 2017.
The only issues that I have with the Bears taking Mitchell are that it made no sense to switch places with the Niners in the draft. San Francisco already had their eyes set on selecting Solomon Thomas out of the University of Stanford. To go along with that, what kind of message are you sending to Mike Glennon?
What if Glennon has a breakout season in 2017? Are you going to let this guy sign with another team and roll the dice on Trubisky as your long-term solution? In today’s National Football League, a team can go from worst to first in one year, so what I said about Glennon having a breakout season is highly possible.
The Bears had not had a stellar performer at the quarterback position since the days of when Jim McMahon was under center for the team. Ryan Pace in the rest of the Bears front office must get this situation with the quarterback position right, because if not the franchise will be set back another five to six years.