by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
When the Chicago Bears spent the second overall pick on QB Mitch Trubisky (after signing Mike Glennon in the offseason) you expected there to be a quarterback controversy at some point in 2017. After one preseason game, though? Obviously John Fox is saying the right thing, as quoted by Jeff Dickerson of ESPN (click here for the article):
“Our depth chart is not going to change after one game,” Fox said. “That’s a really good defense our first unit went against, probably one of the top three defenses in the league. You have to look at a lot of different things. I can understand how you guys might think [we could make a change], but we’re not going to change a whole lot after one game.”
That said, the results can’t be argued:
- Mike Glennon – 2-8, 20 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
- Mitch Trubisky – 18-25, 166 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
It also goes beyond the numbers, as Glennon and the offense was putrid for nearly two quarters. Here’s a rundown of the drives, courtesy of Rich Campbell of The Chicago Tribune (click here for the article):
- First Drive – He tried to hit tight end Zach Miller on a corner route on third-and-8. Miller was covered closely, while slot receiver Kendall Wright had separated from his defender underneath just short of the first down. Glennon was pressured as he followed through, and his pass sailed over Miller into the arms of cornerback Chris Harris, who sprinted 50 yards the other way for a touchdown.
- Second Drive – The Bears went three-and-punt on their second possession.
- Third Drive – on their third, center Cody Whitehair’s shotgun snap on third-and-3 flew beyond Glennon’s reach for a fumble the Broncos recovered.
- Fourth Drive – Those fruitless series kept the first team in for a fourth possession, which lasted 12 plays and into the second quarter. They got three first downs but still punted from the Broncos’ 40.
Once Trubisky entered the game things seemed to change. Obviously he was playing against second teamers, as opposed to Glennon taking on the first team, so we do have to take the numbers with a bit of a grain of salt (though completing your first 10 passes is impressive, regardless of the opponent). That said does anyone really believe that the rookie will spend his entire first season riding the pine? It’s the right thing to say, but for a rebuilding team it makes more sense for him to get experience, once comfortable, and be prepared to really thrive in year two.
It will be interesting to see how quickly Trubisky is thrust into a starting role, but another poor showing from Glennon and company will dial up the pressure even further. There are obviously questions, especially with Trubisky’s lack of experience, but in this first preseason game we saw that the potential and upside is there.
In one quarterback formats we’d still avoid this situation completely. In two-quarterback formats, though, stashing Trubisky makes sense based on his current ADP (254.0). As one of your last picks, go the draft and stash route and ultimately reap the rewards.
Sources – ESPN, Chicago Tribune, Fantasy Pros
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