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Why Are the Chicago Bears Fired Up About Quarterback Mike Glennon?

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Bears Sign Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Mike Glennon

Upon the release of Jay Cutler, the Chicago Bears signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon. A 3 year, $45 million contract was signed on March 9, 2017. General manager Ryan Pace was not hesitant in letting fans know that Glennon will be the 2017 starter for the organization. In fact, Pace states that they are “fired up about it.”

What about Glennon’s signing has the Bears organization so fired up to be working with him? Let’s take a closer look at his career to find out.

Glennon’s  High School and College Career

As a senior at Westfield High School (Chantilly, VA), Glennon completed 171 of 265 passes for 2,557 yards. He also logged 32 touchdowns. Glennon led the Bulldogs to an undefeated 15-0 season and the Virginia Division 6 AAA State Championship title.

Glennon received several accolades as a result of his senior performance. He was named the VA Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade magazine H.S. All-American in addition to being rated the 3rd best quarterback recruit in the nation (2008) by Rivals.com.

After graduating, Glennon attended NC State, where he continued his football career from 2008-2012. After red-shirting in 2008, he served as the backup to Seahawks QB Russell Wilson during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Since Glennon was Wilson’s backup, he only completed 33 of 52 passes for 326 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception combined during those seasons.

As a junior, he took over as starter. He finished the 2011 season completing 283 of 453 passes for 3,054 yards with 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

In 2012, Glennon finished his college football career. He concluded his time with the NC State Wolfpack football program with the completion of 330 of 564 passes for 4,031 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions.

Because of Glennon’s performance, he earned an invitation to the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. He accepted the invitation and traveled to Indianapolis in February.

NFL Career 2013 – 2016

2013

On April 26, 2013, Mike Glennon was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was the 73rd overall pick in round 3 of the draft. Two quarterbacks were drafted ahead of him, EJ Manuel and Geno Smith.

Glennon officially signed with the Buccaneers on June 12, 2013. His 4-year contract was worth $3,104,063, and included a $637,500 signing bonus.

After Josh Freeman got the Bucs off to an 0-3 start to the 2013 season, Glennon was named as the starter for week 4. Though his first career start began well, it went bad quickly. He did manage to throw his first career touchdown, but also intercepted twice.

Glennon’s first career win as an NFL starter did not come until week 10 against the Miami Dolphins.

His rookie campaign ended with an 83.9 passer rating. He started in all 13 games that he appeared in during the 2013 season. Glennon completed 59.4% of his passes (247 of 416) for 2,608 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions.

Due to his strong first year performance, Glennon was named to the Pro Football Writer’s Association’s All-Rookie Team.

2014

At the start of the 2014 season, new head coach Lovie Smith quickly announced that newly signed journeyman Josh McCown would be the starting quarterback. This left Glennon’s future in Tampa Bay in question.

On May 10, Smith stated that Glennon was the organization’s “quarterback of the future.”

Glennon played in only 6 games during the 2014 season, starting 5 of them and winning just a single game. Completing 57.6% of his passes (117 of 203) for 1,417 yards, he had an 83.3 passer rating. He added 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.

2015

In Glennon’s 3rd season in the league, he saw no playing time. He was named as the backup to number one overall pick Jameis Winston.

2016

During his final season in Tampa Bay, Glennon played in only 2 games. He did not start in either game. He completed 10 of 11 passes for 75 yards and 1 touchdown.

New Team, New Start

Mike Glennon is not just beginning a new season, he’s also moving to a new home as the quarterback for the Chicago Bears. It’s a second chance and the Bears organization is excited about it. They need the new start just as much as Glennon.

Both the Bears and Glennon have had their fair share of struggles. The Bears needed a starting quarterback. Mike Glennon needed an organization that would give him the chance to be a starter. This is a solid step forward for both parties and should prove to be mutually beneficial.

Lovie Smith has intimate knowledge of both the Bears organization and Mike Glennon. Because of Smith’s knowledge, he thinks this is a good fit for both. According to Smith, Glennon will “help bring the Bears back” and will be a great locker room guy.

If Glennon is given consistency in playing time, I think we will start to see him flourish. With a bright mind and professionalism like Glennon’s, you can have nothing but optimism.

Lovie thinks Chicago got a good football player and he sees a lot of promise in the union. I agree with you there Lovie. He’s shown in his limited game appearances that he has the ability. Now let’s give him a chance to show how far that ability can stretch.

So what has the Bears fired up? In one word: potential.