Mike Glennon has the full support of the man who offered him a three year, 45 million dollar contract.
“Glennon’s here for a reason,” says Bears general manager Ryan Pace. “We evaluated him over the years and we’re very confident in him. Glennon’s our starter and we’re confident with that.”
But can a quarterback who was 5-13 as a starter at Tampa Bay hold off a second overall draft pick in Mitch Trubisky for the full three years of the deal or even one full year? Having Trubisky push Glennon might bring out the best in Glennon, but Glennon says he’s more motivated by the chance to be a number one guy again.
“I don’t think it necessarily changes my approach, my motivation,” says Glennon. “I think I’ve always been motivated to be a great player and have a high level of success in the NFL.”
Glennon spent the past two seasons backing up Jameis Winston. Losing his starting job in Tampa didn’t deflate Glennon’s confidence. He’s eager to show what he can do.
“Just from, you know, being the leader to being the guy out on the field it’s just a totally different I guess just mental approach in a way than it is when you’re the backup.”
Even though Glennon is the number one guy for now he’s not naive. He knows the first time he falters many Bears fans will be clamoring for Trubisky to take the field.
“I’ve dealt with plenty of situations in my past where there’s comparisons dating back to when I was in college and Russell Wilson left. People were comparing us all the time,” says Glennon. “Then when Jameis got to Tampa I was dealing with a similar situation. I know that’s going to happen, but I don’t really pay attention to it.”