When the Bears signed free agent quarterback Mike Glennon, I was one of the six people in Chicago who were actually happy. I had the former Buccaneers QB as tops on my list after the Bears cut Jay Cutler. One of the main reasons, was he protected the football. Or so we thought. After a shaky preseason, Glennon looked to settle down. Or did he?
Mike Glennon had a decent game vs the Atlanta Falcons. He showed poise, and promise. Most importantly, he had zero turnovers. Sunday, down in his former NFL city, he regressed bigtime. Glennon threw two interceptions and had a sack fumble. Running back Tarik Cohen did him no favors, fumbling a punt return; handing the Bucs the ball inside the 10 yard line. In fairness, the Bears were short at wide receiver, and lost 2 starters on the offensive line. Problem is, he started turning the ball over early and often.
I was calling for Mitchell Trubisky at halftime. It is a knee-jerk reaction, but the Bears were down 26-0. Somewhere in the 3rd quarter the receiving corps quit on the team, dropping perfectly placed balls. Maybe Glennon was taking a little off his fastball to make sure the balls were more accurate. I don’t know. The game was a crapshow, and the Bears were out of shovels. Before long, things were so out of hand, it would have been a suicide mission to put a rookie QB in. Especially one who only has 13 college starts under his belt.
For the second week in a row, Offensive Coordinator Dowell Loggains disappointed me a little more. They started off the game with a kind of gimmick play. I’m sure the intent was to get a speedy Tampa Defense misdirected, but they were not having any of it. It was one bad play–I know I shouldn’t really let it bother me so much. The Bears margin for error is so tiny, and Glennon doesn’t seem to be the type of QB who can overcome negative plays.
Second year running back Jordan Howard did the Bears no favors either. He was clearly not the same running back he was in 2016. Not sure if it is injury, or him losing so much weight in the offseason. As someone who lost a lot of weight, and played sports–it’s a lot different, and takes time getting used to your “new body”. I can’t even imagine how it is at that level.
So what’s next for the Bears? I get the feeling Ryan Pace and John Fox have a plan for Trubisky. Whether it is game 4, 5, 6, or some other magical number. A couple weeks ago I said I would wait until week 7. Now I am thinking week 5 makes more sense. Former Bear Tommy Waddle predicted it would be game 5, after the Bears have extended time between games (Thursday night, then next game is Monday night vs the Vikings).
The fact is, the Bears are struggling on offense, and Trubisky has so little experience. That is a bad combination. Add in the quality of wide receivers, and the injuries on the offensive line, and this is a recipe to ruin a young QB. David Carr would be a good example.