Josh Sitton’s rookie season in Green Bay was the same year Aaron Rodgers finally became a starter in 2008. For eight years, he protected one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game and they won a Super Bowl together. Now he sees things from the Bears’ perspective at a position that’s constantly tormented them.
We all know there’s no comparison between Sitton’s former signal-caller and this latest group the Bears are taking a swing with. The hope is the investment in Mitchell Trubisky will eventually pay off, if not with a Rodgers-like career (asking a lot), then one of reliability, who’s counted on to win games for them. Maybe even a Super Bowl or two. A top-ten type who regularly represents the Bears in Pro Bowls. It’s early, and Sitton wasn’t even involved in minicamp drills with the kid as the guard recovers from offseason surgery. So when I asked him a couple of weeks ago whether he at least sees the kind of signs that attracted Ryan Pace to Trubisky, he proceeded with caution. Can’t blame him. The question wasn’t about whether Trubisky could eventually “be” Rodgers, just whether the early raw material showed potential to be a guy who can take over the position for a decade.
“I’m not a scout and don’t claim to be," said Sitton. “But you can see the arm talent, the way he can move around in the pocket and get outside the pocket. It’s things like that you can really see.”
Unfortunately a Bears fan base that’s been waiting to win, and wants answers now (if not sooner), has to wait some more to see how this all plays out. Sitton’s only worried about 2017, and hopes to be ready to get back in the trenches in Bourbonnais four weeks from now. With so many changes, especially at that quarterback position, an offensive line that returns intact once Kyle Long is ready to go, must get in sync with Mike Glennon, Trubisky, and Mark Sanchez.
“Every play theres a certain amount of communication between the quarterback and the line," Sitton said. "Ya gotta get used to everybody’s cadence and how you communicate. It’s something that takes time as well.”
It’s Glennon’s year, though. Just ask him. And Sitton’s been a part of those numerous off-the-field outings with him to make the transition as smooth as possible, from sporting events, to concerts to barbecues.
“I think he’s been fitting in great," Sitton said. “He’s been great with the guys, setting things up, doing extra work on the field. I think he’s doing a hell of a job. It’s more about us just getting together, having a good time together and getting to know each other more.”
We now wait a little longer until we know more - on the field.