It’s quite simple, actually; he doesn’t.
In a recent article posted by Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, he highlights how Chicago should feel bad for Mike Glennon as he was invited, by the Bears themselves, to their Miller Lite Bears Draft party on the first day of the draft. With every fan in attendance clueless as to what was going to take place and who Ryan Pace was going to select, Glennon was supposed to be the main attraction at the draft party, being that he was the presumable starting quarterback and given a hefty contract to do so. It all changed once Commissioner Roger Goodell walked to the podium and announced Chicago’s pick 2nd overall; Mitchell Trubisky, quarterback, North Carolina.
“In fact, Glennon would be the first to acknowledge he hasn’t done anything on the field to stake an unchallenged claim to the Bears’ starting job. But that’s not the point,” writes Campbell in the previously mentioned Tribune article. But sorry, Rich, that is definitely the point.
Fox: Whatever disappointment Mike Glennon feels is natural but he'll get over it.
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) April 30, 2017
If a relationship between an employee and it’s competition-based company he/she works for is hindered because the company hired another employee that threatens their position, when indeed that employee hasn’t done much to earn that position, then it says way more about the employee than it’s employer. Sure, you could say the Bears inviting Glennon to the draft party with hundreds of fans in attendance is a little… awkward. But when you’re guaranteed the starting spot come Sunday, September 10 in Chicago, you take that promise with stride and have the confidence in yourself to keep that job.
I’m struggling to find a reason as to why some unproven players are above competition and apparently have been told that everything is owed to them. Sam Bradford, for example, demanded a trade soon after the Eagles drafted Carson Wentz in last year’s draft. Then went on to deny it was even true and was traded anyway to Minnesota. I’m not quite sure if it’s a form of mental weakness, fear of losing their job due to poor performance, or just being just a flat out spoiled brat who was handed everything to them since they were young, but the lack of wanting to compete to not only earn your job but keep it is quite frustrating as a fan. And it has nothing to do with money.
Again, it’s simple.
These guys are labeled as “professional competitors.” Go out there and show the Bears’ staff that there isn’t a reason to put Trubisky or any other QB on the field. You perform well, and you don’t lose your job. Kind of like the majority of us out here trying to make an honest living. To lose trust for an organization, that end of the day is a business, trying to better itself deep into the future is childish. Pace has made it clear, even after the draft, that Glennon is the opening day starter. Stiffen your upper lip, and get to work, Mr. Glennon. You still have an opportunity to be the most popular sports figure in Chicago.
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