BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — John Fox wouldn’t say whether or not Mitch Trubisky will be the Bears’ second-team quarterback when they travel to the desert to face the Arizona Cardinals in a week, but he did say he was pleased with how both Trubisky and Mike Glennon responded after Thursday’s preseason opener.
Glennon and the first-team offense started Saturday’s non-padded practice strong, and while that unit slowed a bit as the afternoon went on, we didn’t see any glaring mistakes from the Bears’ expected Week 1 starting quarterback.
“I think he obviously has had a bad game before, if you’ve played this game you have,” Fox said. “So he responded well and thought the first unit looked pretty good today.”
Trubisky threw an interception during practice, though it looked like there may have been some miscommunication between him and his intended target that led to that pick. Trubisky, after lighting up fringy Denver Broncos on Thursday, was just OK on Saturday — neither good nor bad.
But the Bears liked how Trubisky came back to work after a successful preseason debut.
“I think he’s had a very professional approach to it,” fellow rookie offensive lineman Jordan Morgan said. “He hasn’t let it go to his head, so to speak. It was the very first preseason game it’s one of those things where he realizes he did some good things and he’s just continue to develop on that and build on that moving forward.”
Fox said after Thursday’s game that he wouldn’t alter the depth chart based on one preseason game, but the question remains: When does, not when will, Trubisky become the Bears’ backup quarterback?
If it’s going to be Saturday night in Glendale, Fox — despite saying Thursday “We don’t gameplan against preseason opponents,” which seems pretty standard — won’t tip his hand.
“We’ve got a plan,” Fox said. “We don’t share every little intricacy of the plan. But we had a plan going into that game.”