When the Bears chose Jimmy Clausen over Jordan Palmer as their backup quarterback, they opened the door for Palmer to find another job.
They also opened their playbook to their opening week opponent.
According to Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler wasn’t wild about the fact Palmer will likely be turning over 10 months of information about the Bears offense in the next 10 days.
“It’s not an ideal situation,” Cutler said. “It’s not exactly what you’d want. He can give them a few things I’m sure. If he does sign, he’ll be meeting with [Bills defensive coordinator Jim] Schwartz pretty much immediately.
“He knows snap counts, some of the stuff we do with some of our checks, what plays we like. But they still have to defend it. So I don’t think we’ll change much if anything. Maybe a few tweaks here and there. But we’ll just have to go play football.”
Players and coaches usually downplay any edge an opponent might glean, but given the level of detail the quarterback has to know, it’s the one position which could force a team to make a major adjustment.