During the offseason, the Chicago Bears brought in free agent quarterback Mike Glennon to replace the departed Jay Cutler, who is now signed with the Miami Dolphins. During the draft, the Bears selected Mitch Trubisky from North Carolina, and at the time, were planning to have him sit at least a year to learn the offense.
After four games, ESPN reported that Bears head coach John Fox, who had previously said Trubisky won’t get much playing time this year, announced he is giving the rookie the start this week.
The coach’s decision to change quarterbacks at this point in the season makes a lot of sense considering Glennon’s poor play so far.
In Thursday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers, Glennon turned the ball over four times, giving him a total of 10 turnovers in four games.
Trubisky, who was selected with the second overall pick in the draft, looked impressive in the preseason with 364 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He had a passer rating of 106.2 in the preseason.
Despite his impressive preseason stats, Fox refused to hand him the starting job because the coaching staff felt he still had a lot to learn after starting only 13 games in college.
Now that he has been named the starter, Trubisky will join Houston’s Deshaun Watson and Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer as the only rookie starting quarterbacks in the league.
Watson, who was selected with the 12th pick was handed the starting job in week 2, and has played well since taking over. He defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in week 2, and almost beat the New England Patriots in week 3. On Sunday, Watson had a rookie record 5 total touchdowns in a rout of the Tennessee Titans.
Kizer hasn’t had as much success and the Browns are still winless, but he has shown flashes of being a good quarterback, but doesn’t have enough offensive weapons around him.