It's fair to say that the Chicago Bears and the Jacksonville Jaguars are two of the teams whose quarterback situations are among the most problematic in recent years. The Jaguars have cycled through names like 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, like Jacksonville, Nick Foles. And due to injuries, age, poor performance and other factors, the future of the QB position is certainly up for grabs at this point.
There's one name, though, that's missing from both of the above scenarios, and a Week 12 announcement puts a nice bow around what is ultimately a pretty neat cycle.
As Associated Press journalist Mark Long notes, Glennon's start marks the end of a pretty interesting sequence of events which I'm 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 Nick 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 came with the news that Minshew was dealing with multiple fractures in his right thumb and that Jake Luton would become the new starter.
— In Week 12, Doug Marrone announced that he'd be going with Mike Glennon, as Minshew had not quite recovered and Luton was benched.
In summary... Glennon --> Trubisky --> Foles --> (rewind) --> Foles --> Minshew --> Luton --> Glennon.
Though the timeline isn't particularly straight-forward, 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 Super Fans, no?