John Fox didn’t rule out the Bears developing some sort of special package to deploy Mitch Trubisky this year, but also didn’t say “yes” or “no” when asked about such an idea.
Instead, Fox pointed to his time with the Denver Broncos working with Kyle Orton and a certain minor league outfielder in the New York Mets’ farm system.
“I’ve been around situations like that before, back in my time in Denver with (Tim) Tebow,” Fox said. “We’re going to do whatever we can as coaches and put guys in positions where they can utilize their skillset and it won’t be any different this year.”
That’s a vague non-answer, but it would’ve done Fox no good to say, in mid-June, that the Bears are or are not thinking about a special Trubisky package. If Bears are thinking about ways to get Trubisky on the field without encroaching on Mike Glennon’s starting job, publicly announcing that three months before the season starts wouldn’t be the best strategy.
It’s likely that when Trubisky plays won’t be determined by some sort of specially-designed package, given he and Glennon are far more similar quarterbacks than Orton and Tebow. Instead, how quickly Trubisky develops — and how successful Glennon is — will determine when the No. 2 pick plays meaningful snaps for the first time, be it in 2017 or later.
“He's been great,” Glennon said. “He works really hard at it. He asks questions. He's done a really good job of learning the offense, understanding what we're trying to accomplish, and I think he does a great job picking that up for being a rookie.”