One issue will hold back the Bears from success this season

One issue will hold back the Bears from success this season
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 19: Chicago Bears quarterback Mike Glennon (8) during a National Football League preseason game between the Chicago Bears and the Arizona Cardinals on August 19, 2017 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Bears won 24-23. (Photo by Kevin French/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

It has become more evident with each snap, each throw and each game that Mike Glennon is not the answer.

Personally, I wasn't a fan of the Bears' decision to sign the veteran to a three-year, $45 million ($18.5 million guaranteed) this off-season. They moved on from Jay Cutler after eight years and many thought that was the right move.

At first glance, it might have been, but Glennon's arm is weaker and his decision making is rather poor.

Through two preseason games, the 27-year-old has completed 15 of 29 pass attempts for 109 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He owns a 48.4 quarterback rating.

Many analysts don't take the preseason too seriously. But what we've seen from Glennon is not pretty. He has been late on his reads. His throws are wobbly and his deep ball passing is not strong.

Cutler had a powerful arm, backup Mark Sanchez has a nice arm and No. 2 overall pick Mitch Trubisky certainly has a good arm.

It isn't all about how hard you can sling it, but when you have good form and you can squeeze the ball into tight spots that helps you out tremendously.

I know Trubisky has only played against second and third stringers this preseason, but his stats give everyone hope. He has completed 24 of 33 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns. He also has three runs for 38 yards.

Glennon stunk it up in the opener against Denver. Last week, he threw mostly check downs.

This was his best throw of the night in Arizona.

These throws were not fun to watch.

The bottom line is that the Bears are an improved team all around. Starting Glennon seems inevitable unless he really struggles on Sunday against Tennessee and forces the coaching staff's hand to play Trubisky.

I think the Bears need to throw Trubisky into the fire for a few series. They need to see what he can do against a first team defense.


The Bears defensive front is strong. The pass rushing has looked good this preseason and the linebackers are active. The secondary will be key in terms of forcing turnovers, but they have been around the ball as well.

Offensively, running back has been very impressive even without Jordan Howard and Jeremy Langford. Fourth round rookie Tarik Cohen has flashed playmaking ability as a runner with vision and a reliable pass protector. Ka'Deem Carey and Benny Cunningham have made plays as well.

Cameron Meredith is the clear cut No. 1, Kevin White is still a mystery and after that, the Bears wide receiver group is a complete toss up. Victor Cruz and Kendall Wright have been inconsistent and Markus Wheaton is injured again with a broken finger. Undrafted rookie Tanner Gentry is certainly on the rise.

Offensive line has depth for once with center Hroniss Grasu and tackle Tom Compton.

Final thoughts

This is a much better group than the 3-13 team that finished last season.

One move will cost the Bears and the sooner management realizes that Glennon is that, the better off they'll be.

Honestly, I think Sanchez gives the Bears a better chance to win than Glennon. That says a lot after what has transpired this off-season and how poor Sanchez has played over the past few seasons.

Sometimes there is nothing wrong with admitting your mistakes. Bears' fans know Glennon isn't the answer. There's no reason to keep defending it. Josh Freeman and Jameis Winston and even Josh McCown were used over him in Tampa Bay and rightfully so. Glennon is not a true NFL starting quarterback.

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