John Fox said after Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans that Mark Sanchez would play in Thursday’s preseason finale, but that no longer will be the case. Instead, Mitch Trubisky and Connor Shaw will be the only two Bears quarterbacks playing against the Cleveland Browns.
“It's not easy to get live game reps as a quarterback in this league,” Fox said in reference to Trubisky. “It helps development, he needs all those opportunities he can get and (that’s) no different Thursday night.”
Fox has been adamant the Bears’ quarterback depth chart hasn’t changed despite Trubisky getting first-team snaps during practice last week and on Sunday. Sanchez didn’t play against the Titans and played one series against the Arizona Cardinals and saw two series against the Denver Broncos.
Sanchez’s lack of preseason playing time raises the question: Would the Bears turn to Trubisky if something were to happen to Glennon, and does it make Sanchez expendable when rosters are trimmed to 53 on Saturday?
Fox has routinely pointed to Sanchez’s experience — 72 starts, over 2,000 passing attempts and six playoff games in his seven-year career — as a reason to not need to play him much this month.
Keeping Sanchez could still have value if the Bears don’t want to have Trubisky make his regular-season debut in the middle of a game that, possibly, wouldn’t be going well.
“I think (Sanchez's) had a lot of looks, it just hasn’t been with us other than practice,” Fox said, “which is fine for us.”