(RADIO.COM Sports) It's fair to say that the Jaguars and Bears are two of the teams whose quarterback situations are among the most problematic in in the NFL in recent years. The Jaguars have turned to the likes of Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, Blake Bortles, Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew. The Bears have cycled through the likes of Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, Mitchell Trubisky and Foles, just as the Jaguars did. Due to injuries, age, poor performance and other factors, the future of the quarterback position is certainly up for grabs for both teams.
There's one name, though, that's missing among the aforementioned players, and an announcement Wednesday put a bow around on an interesting cycle. Mike Glennon will start for the Jaguars against the Browns on Sunday.
As Associated Press journalist Mark Long noted, Glennon's start marks the end of a pretty interesting sequence of events that we're going to tentatively call the Six Degrees of Mike Glennon:
— After a 1-3 start in 2017, the Bears decided to bench starting quarterback Mike Glennon in favor of then-rookie Mitchell Trubisky.
— Trubisky remained the primary starter for Chicago until injuries and poor play hampered his 2020 season, enabling new acquisition Nick Foles to start going forward after Week 3.
— Turning back the clock a little bit, we find that Foles began the 2019 season as the Jaguars' starting quarterback but was injured in the first game and was replaced by Gardner Minshew.
— Minshew Mania only lasted so long, as the Jaguars' 1-6 start here in 2020 came with the news that Minshew was dealing with multiple fractures in his right thumb and that Jake Luton would become the new starter.
— After Luton struggled, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone announced that he'd be going with Mike Glennon, as Minshew still isn't recovered from his injuries.
In summary: Glennon → Trubisky → Foles → (rewind) → Foles → Minshew → Luton → Glennon.
Though the timeline isn't particularly straightforward, the result is still a fun tidbit that both franchises could use as they continue their frustrating 2020 seasons. Six Degrees of (insert Chicago Bears player here) seems like a pretty fun game for "Bill Swerski's Superfans."