Sanchez, That Other Bears Quarterback

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Mike Glennon and  Mitch Trubisky get all of the attention at Bears camp, but there’s a third quarterback who figures prominently in the Bears plans.

Mark Sanchez signed a one year, two million dollar contract with the Bears in March.

“I was attracted to the offensive system; coach Loggains. I thought this team was on the upward trend,” says Sanchez.

Sanchez wasn’t promised a shot to compete for the starting job. The Bears made it clear when they signed him and they still make it clear now that Glennon is the number one quarterback. Sanchez is number two.  It wasn’t always that way for Sanchez. 

He was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Jets…highly regarded coming out of USC. He became the starter in New York almost immediately.  He started 62 games in four seasons with the Jets.  He even played in two AFC Championship games.

“That was a heck of a run,” says Sanchez.

But the Jets and later the Eagles realized that ‘greatness’ wasn’t in Sanchez’ future. Now at age 30 and in his ninth season Sanchez is considered strictly a backup.  Sanchez has come to accept that.

“Adjusting your perspective is not always easy, but that’s the mental side of this game and that’s how much I love playing no matter what. I want to be out there. I want to be in a uniform. I want to be competing my butt of in practice.”

And pushing the number one guy as much as he can. That’s what he did last year in Dallas where rookie Dak Prescott was the top guy.

“Just like I had the conversation with Dak last year I said, ‘Hey I’ll tell you everything I know. I’ll push you as hard as I can’. That’s the same relationship I have with Mike (Glennon). I’m pushing him hard and helping him compete and I think he’s going to do really well.”

Sanchez doesn’t see a quarterback controversy or circus developing on the Bears this season even though many fans would like to see Trubisky on the field.

“There’s no chance that happens here,”says Sanchez. “It’s been defined clear, clearly and that’s what you need. You need it from the top and it’s already been addressed by Ryan Pace and by coach. We’re not going to have that issue.”

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