Jordan Palmer Prepping for Role with Bears: Quarterback Coach

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Aug 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer (2) celebrates throwing a touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like a natural fit for Palmer, who learned the Bears playbook to adequately perform in the preseason finale after Matt Blanchard was injured in the third preseason game last preseason.  When the Bears cut Palmer last preseason, he signed on with EXOS and has continued that after he wrapped up his season with the Bears.   He’s taken his ability to learn concepts and translated that into a career path outside of the NFL.

"“I played in five NFL offenses and learned five systems,” Palmer said. “I have taken the universal concepts, universal protections and formations that you will find in any NFL offense, and I built an offense. I am installing it, not just to learn the offense, but to teach them how to learn an offense. What you don’t do when you are learning an offense is stare at the playbook and try to memorize it.”"

With Josh McCown now dearly departed to Tampa, Palmer will play a key role in the Bears quarterbacks room.  Since the Bears haven’t made any other free agent moves at the position, it seems like they’ll be bringing in a developmental prospect through the NFL draft or as an undrafted free agent.  With quarterbacks guru Marc Trestman and guru-in-training Palmer in the fold, it seems like Chicago will be a great destination for a young quarterback.  Let’s just hope neither Palmer nor his future pupil will be needed next season.