Usually when an NFL team prepares for the draft, they cover all of their bases, cross their T’s and dot their I’s and make sure everybody involved is on one accord; and then there are teams like the Chicago Bears this year where just go against the grain and spark a storm full of drama that involves angry fans, a disgruntled head coach and a starting quarterback who was egregiously misled and had his feelings hurt.
If you’re a fan of the NFL, you know about Bears’ GM Ryan Pace surrendering three picks to trade up one whole spot (from the 3rd pick to the 2nd) in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft to take UNC’s Mitchell Trubisky, a quarterback with 13 college career starts. It was such an unexpected move that even Trubisky was caught by surprise.
Also surprised, and not exactly thrilled: Bears fans. That’s the case if we go by the reaction of the Chicago crowd at the Bulls-Celtics game on Friday evening, where Trubisky was greeted by a chorus of boos.
It was reported that Bears head coach John Fox was irate because he was kept in the dark of Pace’s intentions until hours before the pick. The Chicago Bears have since denied the rumor.
Bears newly acquired starting quarterback Mike Glennon may have been even less in the know. Asked by the organization to attend the team’s draft party at Soldier Field, Glennon learned that the Bears would be drafting his successor in the same manner in which the team’s fans did. As a result, Glennon felt as though he had been “cheated on“.
Glennon signed a three-year, $45-million contract this offseason to be Chicago’s starting quarterback. Less than two months later, the Bears traded up to the No. 2 pick to draft Trubisky.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace has since announced that Glennon will remain the starter for the 2017 season. He handed the quarterback a contract that contains $18.5 million in guarantees, but it also contains a potential out in which the Bears could cut ties with Glennon after one season and eat just $4.5 million in dead cap money.
As a result of the latest development, Glennon’s trust in the Bears’ front office has been damaged, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune.
After finishing the 2016 season with a proletarian 3-13 record (fourth in the NFC North), the Bears really don’t have a three-year window to see if Trubisky is that franchise QB the Windy City has been longing for, at least Fox doesn’t.
Fox has two years left on his contract and teams almost never keep a lame duck coach for the final year of their contract. Teams want stability. If they know the coach is going to be a part of the organization, they usually extend them with a year remaining on their original deal. If they don’t feel the coach is the right fit, the firing is made with a year left on the deal. Being Fox has two years left but now already being held out of major decisions, that could only mean one thing- Fox will be gone in January.
I guess we will have to wait for another episode of the new TV drama of “As the Bears Turn” that comes on most Sundays and occasionally on Thursdays. Stay tuned.