LAKE FOREST - In the minds of some Bears fans, this is the way it should be when the Bears step on the field September 10th against the Falcons at Soldier Field.
Yet it still appears that the closest they'll get to that happening with the future quarterback for at least the few months of the season will be on Sunday.
On Wednesday, head coach John Fox announced that Mitchell Trubisky will get his shot to play with the first team in the third preseason game against the Titans in Nashville on Sunday. But don't jump to any conclusions just yet.
Mike Glennon, who was anointed the starter before Training Camp began, will play the first half with the starters.
"You continue to make them better, and make yourself better," said Trubisky when asked about finiding out about the team's plan for quarterbacks on Wednesday. "I shouldn't change how I approach things."
The hope is not only that Trubisky will get at chance to work with the Bears' top team but also that he will get to face Tennessee's first defense. That's the hope according to John Fox, who made the decision this week give give the rookie some reps with the first unit.
"His performance has been good. But to get a true evaluation and for us to look at him, I think you need to do this," said Fox of Trubisky. "I think most people in the league would agree and do that."
While giving Trubisky some reps could be seen as cutting into Glennon's time with the starting unit, the quarterback shook off the notion that he had any ill-feelings about the coach's decision.
"They just told me that's what it was and it was 'OK, time to start getting ready,'" said Glennon, who hasn't done a lot in the preseason to quell the notion of a possible Bears' quarterback controversy.
A pick-six in the opening game against the Broncos was part of a 2-for-8 effort with just 20 yards. Glennon was a tad better in his second effort against the Cardinals - 13-of-18 for 89 yards and his first TD - but an interception and a couple of close calls left a few lingering questions.
Meanwhile Trubisky continues to impress in his first two outings with the team and while not as sharp as the opener, he hit 6-of-8 passes for 60 yards and another score without an interception. To be fair, the rookie came close to throwing one in the fourth quarter as he faced heavy pressure but still it was good enough to earn some time with the "1's" on Sunday.
"You guys aren't going to get any crazy answers from me," said Trubisky when asked about the competition among Bears' quarterbacks. "Whatever group I go with, I'm just going to play hard and do my job."
If he can do so again, he figures to make things a little more interesting around Halas Hall the next few weeks.