Steve Smith: Bears Front Office Complicit In Mike Glennon’s Failure, Favors Mitch Trubisky

Steve Smith Sr. took to Twitter to call out the Chicago Bears for setting Mike Glennon up to fail after seeing the plays drawn up for 2nd overall pick and hopeful franchise quarterback Mitchell Trubisky against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.

The Bears wouldn’t have squandered the no. 2 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft if they didn’t think Trubisky was the guy for them. He nearly led them to a victory in his first NFL start, losing 17 to 20 on a last-second field goal after throwing costly interception in the game’s waning moments.

The game’s marquee moment came on a game-tying two-point conversion attempt where the Bears ran a triple option gadget play that ended with Trubisky waltzing into the end zone. Good luck doing that with Mike Glennon.

While the Chicago Bears sit at 1-4 through Week 5, there is one winner here: Mike Glennon. He signed a 3-year, $45 million deal with $18.5 million guaranteed before the season. Starter or not, he’s getting paid, and it doesn’t look like Trubisky’s going to give up the reins that the Bears just handed him.

Mike Glennon is now a very highly paid tutor. Going rates for tutors vary depending on what market you’re in, but $18.5 million trends toward the upper echelon. Plus, he doesn’t have to worry about stuff like this anymore now that he’s riding the bench and sporting a headset.

The life of a backup quarterback isn’t glamorous in the NFL, but it’s a pretty sweet gig. You make millions of dollars, and God forbid the starting quarterback goes down, no one expects you to do anything. You don’t even get hit in practice.

Smith Sr. has earned the right to come with some hot takes on Twitter. Legendary for his intensity and “take no sh**” attitude, Smith Sr. was 7th on the NFL’s all-time list in all purpose yards (19,180) and 7th in receiving yards (14,731) when he retired last year.

And he’s right — the Bears front office does want Trubisky to be the franchise quarterback; that’s why they drafted him. And they did call the game differently for him, but he’s got a different set of physical tools than Glennon does.

Glennon would be wise to re-embrace his role as a backup quarterback. He spent his entire NFL career, that is to say four years, backing up a slew up different quarterbacks in Tampa for the Bucs, so it’s not unfamiliar territory. Only now, he’s getting paid ten times as much as he was. He won’t see much more of the field this year if Trubisky continues to perform, but he’s still getting paid.