Jordan Palmer spent all of training camp and most of the preseason with the Chicago Bears before he was released on Monday. The 30-year-old backup quarterback was quickly signed by the Buffalo Bills, who happen to be playing the Bears in the first week of the season. Coincidence? Perhaps, but Jay Cutler doesn’t seem thrilled about it.
Earlier this week, Cutler told reporters that Palmer will definitely be able to give the Bills some information on the ins and outs of Chicago’s offense.
“It’s not an ideal situation,” he said, via Dan Widerer of The Chicago Tribune. “It’s not exactly what you’d want. He can give them a few things I’m sure. He’ll be meeting with (Bills defensive coordinator Jim) Schwartz pretty much immediately.”
The Bears can make adjustments, but you can’t change an entire offseason’s worth of work for one opponent. They’ll do their best to disguise some plays and formations, but Cutler said the Bills will probably know what’s coming in certain situations.
“He knows snap counts, some of the stuff we do with some of our checks, what plays we like,” Cutler explained. “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.”
Bills head coach Doug Marrone said signing Palmer had nothing to do with Buffalo’s Week 1 opponent.
“I’m not part of that, ‘Hey, let’s bring the guy in and get information and things like that,’” he told Syracuse.com on Wednesday. “I think that’d be very disrespectful to Jordan if I did that, honestly.”
If any team can handle making adjustments on the fly, it should be the Bears. Marc Trestman, who is often referred to as “The Quarterback Whisperer,” is an offensive genius. He should have plenty of tricks up his sleeve to keep the Bills guessing.
H/T Eye on Football