Quarterback Mike Glennon
Q: (Quarterback) Jake Fromm was teammates in college with (Bears Quarterback) Justin Fields, obviously, the Bears quarterback. It reminds me that you were teammates with (Seahawks Quarterback) Russell Wilson, so you had your own great college quarterback duel. I'm wondering if you could talk to me a little bit about what that was like for you and what that taught you maybe about competitiveness coming into the NFL to have to go against a guy like Russell and win that job at N.C. State?
A: I really enjoyed my time with Russell at N.C. State. Obviously, he's an incredible player. And kind of to your point, I saw what it was like to see an NFL-caliber quarterback at 18 years old. We had I guess what you can call it a friendly competition. He won the job the first couple of years. Then eventually, he obviously left for Wisconsin and gave me an opportunity to play for two years. I really enjoyed my time with Russell. He's one of the hardest-working, dedicated teammates I've ever been around. I'm not sure what Jake's experience was with Justin Fields, but I guess there are some similarities in the aspect of two guys in back-to-back years. I was only one class behind Russell. Obviously, it was a tough situation when a player of that caliber is only a year ahead of you and it kind of a creates an uncertainty in your future, but at the end of the day it worked out for both of us. He's had a great career both when he went to Wisconsin and now with his time with the Seahawks, and it worked out for me. It allowed me to play for two years and now I'm in my ninth year in the NFL, so it worked out for both of us.
Q: I just thought it was interesting because not every college quarterback gets the level of competition on their own team that you and Jake both got, so I figured that had to help.
A: Yeah, it's definitely unique. Two NFL quarterbacks that are only a class apart probably doesn't happen a whole lot at the college level. But, it was neat to see kind of his progression in college and then go on to the NFL and win a Super Bowl in his second year. It really kind of gave me confidence after seeing him every day. I knew what he was capable of doing, but knowing that I belonged at this level, as well.
Q: Is there anything special for you about going back to Chicago and playing in Chicago this week?
A: I've played them before. Really, the past three seasons I've played them. This will be my first time returning to Chicago, but I have nothing but great things to say about the Bears organization. I enjoyed my time there. It didn't necessarily work out on the field, but as far as just the people around that organization, the way it's run from ownership all the way down, I really enjoyed my time. It'll be fun to go back.
Q: How are you approaching this week in general? Are you looking at it as sort of an open competition here in regards to who starts and when?
A: I'll prepare like I always do. I've kind of told you guys that I pride myself on the preparation side of things and preparing to be ready to go. We'll treat it just like I always do.
Q: What are of the challenges of sort of a platoon situation? It sounds like that's what (Head Coach) Joe (Judge) is thinking about doing, where both quarterbacks will play at different times and in different packages. Obviously as a quarterback, you probably want to stay in and keep a rhythm. What are the challenges of dealing in a system like that?
A: I think getting into a rhythm would be probably – I've never actually had that, but I think it would create a challenge. But if that's what's best for the team, that's what we'll be ready to do.