Chicago Bears: Why was Brian Hoyer not re-signed this off-season?

GREENBAY, WI - OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Brian Hoyer(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
GREENBAY, WI - OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Brian Hoyer(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

After watching four weeks of embarrassing quarterback play, courtesy of Mike Glennon, the Chicago Bears would have been better off re-signing Brian Hoyer during the offseason.

The Chicago Bears were hoping that starting quarterback Mike Glennon would be a good role model for Mitch Trubisky to follow throughout the season. So far, other than being a nice guy both on and off the field, that hasn’t been the case.

General manager, Ryan Pace, is responsible for the head-scratching signing of Glennon this offseason. The organization is paying him $16 million in 2017. That’s a lot of guaranteed money given to an unproven quarterback with glaring deficiencies as a passer.

Glennon’s play this season has been nothing short of pure disappointment. While the Bears have lost two leading receivers already this season, in Cameron Meredith and Kevin White, there’s no excuse for Glennon’s self-inflicted, gut-wrenching turnovers.

In signing Glennon, Pace was hoping he’d be getting a calm, veteran quarterback. One who prioritizes taking care of the football. Instead, the Bears have the complete opposite: a veteran quarterback, playing like a terrified rookie thrown into a lion’s den.

Bears signed the wrong guy

The worst part of the “Glennon signing” might be who the Bears opted against bringing back this offseason.

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Former Bears quarterback, Brian Hoyer, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers in March, is playing at Glennon’s level. Even worse, he’s earning far less money to start and has less talent on offense to work with.

Hoyer played turnover-free football in his five starts with the Bears last season. Plus, he was a well-respected veteran and backup quarterback, who unlike Glennon, has proven he can be a solid starter multiple times throughout his career when given an opportunity.

Glennon was never going to be the Bears’ next franchise quarterback. He lacks the mobility, pocket awareness, and accuracy that Trubisky possesses. Hoyer showed more than Glennon in all three of those departments during his brief time as a Bear.

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After watching Glennon lead poorly by example on the field, we’ve all seen that Pace made a huge mistake in signing the “lanky” QB this offseason. The Bears missed out on better value at the quarterback position in the short-term, from both a contract and performance-based standpoint, by not holding onto Hoyer.