Trent Green Likely Choosing Functional Brain Over Bears Comeback

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↵When last the football watching public saw Trent Green on the field (they can frequently see him in the broadcasting booth on Fox), he was serving as backup for the Rams in 2008. His stint with that team didn't end as violently as his tenure with the Dolphins did the season before, with Green suffering a ghastly head injury. By the time Green announced that he was done with football early last year, few blamed him or figured they saw see him suit up again, given Green's history of concussions. ↵

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↵Which makes bizarre the news that the Bears reportedly contacted Green about a month ago regarding a reserve role with the Bears. Granted, new offensive coordinator Mike Martz and Green have experience together during more prosperous times with the Rams, but then so too do Martz and the currently available, not retired free agent Marc Bulger. While Green could conceivably serve as a de facto veteran adviser to Jay Cutler without posing a threat to take his job (important considering Cutler is not exactly the most self-secure player in the league) it's become standard practice among NFL teams to have a backup capable of performing should the starter go down. The quality of the Bears offensive line being what it is, that's a very real possibility. Will Trent Green really want to play behind that group should an injury befall Cutler? ↵

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↵Besides, Cutler has been in the league for four seasons now. Yes, Green is more familiar with Martz's system than Cutler is, but at this point, Cutler seems less likely to listen to a teammate guidance than that of a coach's. His leadership quality has been impugned and having to defer to a veteran will likely only undermine it further. Also, Green hasn't played for Martz in about a decade. For someone who prides himself of the complexity of his gameplan, one would assume there have been some changes in that span that even Green will need some schooling in. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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