Glennon, Garoppolo or Hoyer? Bears begin moving on possible quarterback options

Glennon, Garoppolo or Hoyer? Bears begin moving on possible quarterback options

INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Ryan Pace stated that the Bears had developed multiple scenarios for resolving their quarterback situation both for 2017 and beyond. Priorities now appear to be emerging with the opening of free agency looming a week away.

But not all scenarios have been created equal, and some represent puzzling strategic directions for an organization that has bumbled through myriad failed quarterback strategies over its recent history.

The Bears are expected to meet with representatives of Brian Hoyer this weekend, though indications from various sources are that Hoyer is option No. 3 behind former Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon and trading for New England backup Jimmy Garoppolo — this despite head coach John Fox's seemingly strong endorsement of Hoyer on Wednesday based on Hoyer's decision-making, ball security and experience with many different offensive systems.

Each of these scenarios would presumably be followed by selecting a quarterback in this draft. Opting for Garoppolo or Glennon, however, being clear moves for an anticipated starter, would hint at the Bears dialing down the draft urgency and pursuing other positions based on their draft board instead of over-drafting a quarterback.

Looking closer at the three leading options ahead of next Tuesday's start of the period when teams may openly begin talks with players from other organizations.


The Buccaneers chose Glennon out of North Carolina State in the third round of the 2013 draft. He represents perhaps the most curious of the options available for the Bears, given that he lost his starting job twice in the first three years with Tampa Bay.

Glennon, who hasn't started a game since 2015, was respectable in his rookie year with the Bucs, going 4-9 in his starts. Tampa Bay then signed Josh McCown away from the Bears to be the starter over Glennon, with Glennon relegated to starting only when McCown was injured. The Bucs went 1-4 in his starts.

The Bucs then drafted Jameis Winston. Glennon, now 27, did not play in 2015 and appeared in just two games last season.

Parenthetically, few quarterbacks Glennon's size (6-foot-7) have achieved noteworthy success. More have gone the way of Brock Osweiler, Houston's failed $72-million gamble in free agency last offseason.


Whether the Bears are willing to part with sufficient draft capital to satisfy the Patriots is problematic. But that might be the only real obstacle, even if the former Eastern Illinois standout doesn't have the Bears at the top of this destination wish list.

The Patriots' No. 2 will be entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract at $820,077. After that, if he has played as well as hoped, the Bears would have the option of using their franchise tag on him. Twice. Even tagging Garoppolo twice would cost the Bears some $46 million over three years, considerably less than Jay Cutler cost the team ($54 million) over the first three years of his deal.

A deal could go down as soon as late next week when the league year officially opens.


A groundswell of public sentiment has started in Cleveland for the Browns to bring Hoyer back as a quality bridge quarterback while a draft pick develops. In the meantime, the lack of urgency on the part of the Bears could be construed as lukewarm interest intended on keeping Hoyer as a hedge if the first two options fall through.

Hoyer threw 200 passes last season without an interception.

Under Center Podcast: Should Bears have added Cam Newton over Nick Foles?


Under Center Podcast: Should Bears have added Cam Newton over Nick Foles?

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Adam Hoge debate and discuss which quarterback GM Ryan Pace should have gone after this offseason.

Later, they discuss hurdles the NFL still has to go through in order to start the season, and also dive into Jay Cutler's chicken mystery.

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(1:51) - Did the Bears make the right decision by going after Nick Foles?

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(18:00) - What can the NFL learn from MLB's return-to-play plan?

(30:23) - NFL will shorten the preseason to two games

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Robert Quinn says he wants to be 'icing on the cake' for Bears defense

Robert Quinn says he wants to be 'icing on the cake' for Bears defense

The failures of former Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd have been well documented. His inability to develop into the kind of pass rusher GM Ryan Pace was expecting when he selected him with the ninth overall pick in 2016 forced Chicago to make a massive investment in the position this offseason when they signed Robert Quinn to a five-year, $70 million deal.

The Bears' decision to move on from Floyd was the result of his absolute failure to consistently pressure opposing quarterbacks. He managed just 18.5 sacks in four seasons in Chicago, including a career-low three in 2019. 

Quinn represents a massive upgrade opposite Khalil Mack, and he told Terrell Owens on the 'Getcha Popcorn Ready' podcast that he wants to be the missing piece on what could be a championship-caliber defense.

"They already have the talent there," Quinn said of the Bears defense. "I'm just trying to bring the icing on the cake. I believe in my talents. I know what I bring to the table and again I know what they had there already. 

"I think with that formula, we can do something special this year."

Quinn had a bounce-back season in 2019 with the Cowboys when he registered 11.5 sacks. It was his first season with more than 10 sacks since 2014, but it wasn't a fluke. Quinn's battled injuries over the last few years (which is obviously a concern moving forward), but when healthy, he's one of the game's top sack artists.

Quinn had a remarkable 19 sacks in 2013 with the Rams.

Quinn's presence off the edge will be a boon for Mack, who's coming off his worst season since his rookie year. His 8.5 sacks broke his streak of four-straight seasons with 10.5 sacks or more. Mack's down season was proof that he isn't Superman, although he sometimes plays like it, and that he needs a complementary edge rusher who can take some focus of pass protection away from him. Quinn will be that guy.

The only thing that will prevent Quinn from making a massive impact with the Bears is his health. He's played a full 16 games just once in the last five years; he appeared in 14 games in 2019.