It’s that time of year. With the draft at our doorstep (in Philadelphia? Really?), quarterback roundtable has begun. Someone not good enough to start let alone back up for one team has become the starter or backup for another.
So many General Managers believe a change of scenery will do the trick for guys who have been otherwise ineffective (Jay Cutler), underachieving (Brock Osweiler) and/or an outright bust (Robert Griffin III—he really should be made to return all those gifts fans bought for him off his registry when the Redskins drafted him).
So, who thinks Mike Glennon is the next great quarterback for the Chicago Bears? Wait a minute—who was the last one? Three seasons after he earned their only Super Bowl title, the Bears traded Jim McMahon to San Diego.
Eric Kramer? He had the best season any Bears quarterback ever had—no, really—until Cutler came along. Additionally, the Bears didn’t even make the playoffs with Kramer. Fortunately, he didn’t succeed in committing suicide. No, really.
So, Mike Glennon, who is the reason Russell Wilson is where he is (Glennon’s arrival at North Carolina State got Wilson pushed aside, had him transfer to and star at Wisconsin and win a Super Bowl for Seattle—should’ve won two—save for a dumb pass play-call by Pete Carroll. But we’re getting sidetracked, what else is new?). By the way, with four of its former quarterbacks in the pros now (know who they are?), how come North Carolina State has won nothing in college football?
So, what did Glennon do anyway to push Jay Cutler aside, get $45 million—$19 million guaranteed—from the Bears? And moreover, to become a starter by default? (What, you thought it would be leftovers Matt Barkley? David Fales?).
Glennon’s career stats were impressive enough for Tampa Bay to draft community role model Jameis Winston at No. 1. Glennon has played in 21 games. Cutler has won 51 as a Bear.
Cutler is unemployed right now. But don’t worry, someone will get hurt somewhere along the path—in preseason or maybe shortly after the regular season starts. Suddenly his phone will ring, and he’ll get a job. Does he really not have the winning mindset, the mental and physical toughness to be a winner, for which he was so often criticized? Or, was he surrounded by talent packages and offensive coordinators who turned over more often that he committed the turnovers those talent mixes just might have caused?
What happened? Why did the Bears pursue Glennon? Of course, maybe Cleveland just beat them to and/or made a better offer for Osweiler from Houston.
However, oops, Houston, with that trade to clear cap space, you’ve got a problem. Tony Romo ain’t coming. He beat out another team’s quarterback instead—CBS’ Phil Simms.
Back in Chicago, meanwhile, the Bears signed Mark Sanchez—he of butt-fumble fame—but also two AFC Championship Game appearances. What if he outplays Glennon in training camp? He wouldn’t be the first quarterback to outplay Glennon.
And Tom Savage takes over in Houston, pending the draft. Once known as “Tom Too” (or was it “Tom Two?”) because of the all interest feigned in him as a collegian by the Patriots, he has apparently been handed the keys to the car with the trade of Osweiler. Can he get the job done or will the Texans call Cutler? Or, trade up to draft DeShone Kizer? Or DeShaun Watson? Why not Mitchell Trubisky? Or, stick to native-son Texas collegian and apparent quarterback sleeper in the draft, Pat Mahomes?
And where’s Colin Kaepernick? At least Romo had a landing pad. Kaepernick is a walking dynamite stick. And although talented and respected (here, for sure) for his political stand, he is someone who will be questioned more by the media about whether he’ll stand for the national anthem than feel comfortable in whatever offensive scheme he ends up in.
He has taken a team to a Super Bowl. Cutler has taken a team to a conference championship game. Savage, Glennon, Osweiler and—dare we say it—Blake Bortles, are all signed and starting, but have taken no team anywhere while Cutler and Kaepernick do not have contracts.
Me? I’m pulling for Mark Sanchez. Butt fumble redemption.
SAD NOTE: Dan Rooney passed away. Because of his commitment, teams are required to interview minority candidates for coaching positions. Not hire them, just interview them. Look around the league. How’s that working out?