So much time was spent to build after Jay Cutler and the Bears best response is Mike Glennon.
For now, the veteran quarterback is the starter. He’s 0-2 with 514 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions, an 81.2 QB rating, 67.1 completion percentage. He’s also lost a fumble.
Glennon was average in the Week 1 loss to Atlanta but he was flat out disgraceful on Sunday in the 29-7 loss to the Buccaneers.
After signing a three-year, $45 million deal ($18.5 million guaranteed), Glennon has been the guy in the charge under third-year head coach John Fox. In the meantime, Glennon’s deal is essentially a one-year, $16 million deal.
It has been awhile since the Bears have won a game in the opening month of the season. Just look at what Bears sideline reporter Zach Zaidman said.
#Bears have not won a game in the month of September since beating Jets on 9/22/14. They have lost 9 straight September games.
— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) September 17, 2017
Fox, who has won nine games since taking over the team in 2015 had this to say after the game.
“That wasn’t Mike Glennon’s Bears. It was the Chicago Bears,” Fox said. “It was the entire team.”
Yes, the Bears lost that game as a team, rookie running back Tarik Cohen had an ugly muffed punt in the first quarter leading to seven Tampa Bay points. Wide receiver Kendall Wright had a few drops and no passing target outside of Deonte Thompson really stood out.
The lone bright spot was Pernell McPhee’s forced fumble that Leonard Floyd recovered in the third quarter.
“You’ve got to give a little credit to our opponent,” Fox said. “There were some poor decisions made and we paid the price. Anytime you play in the NFL and you turn the ball over four times in the first half, that’s about what it looks like.”
I never liked the Fox signing when general manager Ryan Pace came aboard on Jan. 2015. But the Bears were afraid of pairing a first-time general manager with a young head coach. In hindsight, Adam Gase would have been the guy to hire, but that didn’t happen.
Now, the Bears who have been preaching a youth movement and wins can’t win games at all. Two games into the season, it is beyond evident that Glennon is not the answer. Pace protected his investment with the deal he gave him and the drafting of Mitch Trubisky No. 2 overall.
Trubisky is young and has only 13 games of college experience, but if the Bears want to get better he needs to see playing time. His reps in the preseason were beyond valuable. He plays behind a nice starting offensive line that will be getting guard Kyle Long back soon. Bobby Massie is the weak link of the unit.
The Bears are a losing team, the environment can be seen as one of a bad team, but Trubisky is a winner and he will make everyone him better. He is the future and if he isn’t starting in a few weeks then Fox is pairing his future with Glennon’s, one that will feature being fired.
Trubisky needs to play that’s what first round quarterbacks do in this day and age. Riding the pine is not beneficial especially when it is behind a mediocre quarterback like Glennon.
Most importantly, Bears fans need to see better football and that is what we watch sports for right? Money is being wasted and so is a ton of time.
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