Bears coach Marc Trestman worked with Tim Tebow briefly before the former Florida star was drafted in 2010 and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh filled that role for Tebow last season. But the Bears have no interest in the backup quarterback who was released Monday by the New York Jets.
The Bears didn’t draft a quarterback last week and could be on the lookout for one before training camp opens, but a source told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune that Tebow won’t be considered. The team has journeyman Josh McCown and second-year player Matt Blanchard behind starter Jay Cutler. St. Xavier’s Jimmy Coy is being brought into rookie minicamp starting May 10 on a tryout basis.
Cavanaugh, the new Bears quarterbacks coach after holding that position with the Jets last season, said the team didn’t use its Tebow package as much as it should have.
“I think it’s one of the things that you’ve got to be sure about when you do it,” Cavanaugh said. “Why doesn’t New England do it? Why doesn’t Denver do it? Why doesn’t New Orleans do it? They don’t want to take those guys (Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees) off the field. We were probably less convicted about how much we wanted to get (Mark) Sanchez off the field to do that. So it was something we toyed with. But to be fair to Tim, we didn’t use it enough to let him be productive in it. So you better be sure when you decide to do it.
“I think he’s a good football player and I hope he gets a chance to play more.”
The Bears passed on Manti Te’o in the first round of the NFL Draft, and instead went with the son of a Hall of Fame player, that being Oregon OG Kyle Long.
Kyle is the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long and current Rams end Chris Long is making his name on the offensive line for the Ducks.
The two-sport star in high school enrolled at Florida State to play baseball (he was a 23rd round pick of the White Sox in 2008), but struggles there caused him to regroup at home for a while before attending Saddleback Junior College.
Even as a one-and-done contributor for the Ducks on the line, Long’s combination of size and athleticism won’t be ignored by NFL scouts, who will see his great potential as a starting guard or tackle.
With just five picks in the draft, the Bears haven’t been mentioned in many quarterback conversations, but with inconsistent Josh McCown and the unproven Matt Blanchard backing up Cutler, grooming a young arm makes sense.
New Bears coach Marc Trestman is going to spend this season assessing if Cutler is the right guy for his pass-oriented attack. Another inconsistent, injury-riddled season from the 29-year-old passer likely would mark the end of Cutler’s run in the Windy City.
Like Cutler, the 6-foot-7 Glennon is a strong-armed passer, but he was plagued by uneven play in college. Still, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell thinks highly of Glennon, saying he has “more of the attributes that you look for than maybe any other quarterback in this class.”