Regardless of the votes of confidence lobbed his way by John Fox, there’s little doubt that the Chicago Bears are going to start Mitch Trubisky at some point in the 2017 season. That’s what happens when your starter is a 28-year-old who last started games in 2014, and whose career marks of 4,100 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions would represent a highly disappointing year from Matt Ryan.
Then there’s Trubisky, the #2 overall pick in the 2017 draft class and a player the Bears partially mortgaged their future for. Ideally, maybe, you’d give a player like that a full year to acclimate and then turn him loose, but that simply doesn’t happen very often in today’s NFL. At the very sign of trouble, the Bears are going to be tempted to trot out their next great hope, and the fans will clamor for him.
The Falcons can put the Bears on an accelerated track toward that outcome by winning and making Glennon look foolish in his first week as Chicago’s starter, a possibility that doesn’t seem all that remote. This is a #fast and #physical defense capable of getting turnovers, for one thing, and the Bears lack playmakers more or less across the board on offense. A couple of interceptions and an ugly loss later, we’re talkin’ Trubisky early.
The biggest obstacle to that outcome is probably John Fox, the veteran-loving veteran coach who has already signaled he’ll hold Trubisky in check as long as possible because of both an aforementioned love of veterans and a presumed love for his job. The longer you can hold out a rookie quarterback, the longer you avoid the part where the rookie struggles and you potentially end up canned for a young, exciting coach.
Do keep an eye on this Week 1 battle, then, to see what it means for Glennon. The Bears could decide to start the future a little early based on what Atlanta’s able to do on Soldier Field.