That is exactly what Mike Glennon had to be thinking after the Bears traded up to draft Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Glennon went through a similar situation in Tampa Bay. He played all but three games his rookie year (2013), then faced a drop in playing time in 2014. Then the Buccaneers drafted Jameis Winston first overall in 2015, and Glennon hardly ever saw the field in Tampa Bay again.
Now here we sit in 2017. There seems to be a divide between NFL experts on if that was a good pick or not. A good amount of arguments defend Glennon in that the people want to know why the Bears signed him if they were going to draft a quarterback. Apparently, Glennon feels something similar.
In fact, he feels, “cheated.” … Lovely, another selfish quarterback for the Bears to put up with.
Now Don’t Get Me Wrong…
I understand why he feels cheated. The Bears have shortened that possible three-year window, to maybe two at the most in a best case scenario for Glennon. It has to be a disheartening feeling to know that you’re only there temporarily, not as a long-term option. Plus, this isn’t the first time that Glennon is facing this either, so it has to be increasingly frustrating for him.
Or he could look at this from the other perspective. He has been through something similar once, what did he learn? How can he take what he learned from the Tampa Bay situation and apply it here? In very rare occasions does life ever just hand things over to someone without a little challenge.
This is still Glennon’s team in 2017, if he wants that long-term shot, he needs to take this opportunity by the horns and make the most of it. He needs to keep his nose in the playbook, on the practice field, and in the film room, showing that he wants to be a winner for this organization. Then on Sunday’s, make sure all that preparation doesn’t go by the wayside.
If Glennon can help deliver more wins to the Bears organization, he has a chance to become that long term option. However, by rolling over and feeling, “cheated” he’s not giving himself that chance. He’s putting his own agenda before the team’s. The Bears just dumped their last self-centered quarterback, I can’t imagine they would want to hang on to another one for much longer.
The Question is Mr. Glennon…
When your phone rings on opening weekend, and you see it’s adversity calling … will you answer the call and make the most of your shortened opportunity, and give yourself a chance?
Will you have done enough to challenge the Bears organization to question their second overall pick? Or will you ignore the call and only do what is asked before handing the ball off to the next guy?
I would like to think that after facing this once, Glennon will not let another opportunity slip away. Only the 2017 season will be able to provide us with those answers.