Don’t Blame Mike Glennon For This Mess

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Mike Glennon
TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Mike Glennon /

Mike Glennon has shouldered a lot of blame for the Bears 0-2 start, but it’s not his fault, it’s the franchise’s.

Mike Glennon is a terrible quarterback. Let’s just get that out there out of the gate. That’s not to say he doesn’t deserve to be in the NFL, but he certainly isn’t good enough to be a starting quarterback at the NFL level. Glennon is a capable backup quarterback. That’s what he is. That’s what he proved he was when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he’s done nothing in his six months in a Bears’ uniform to change that perception.

The Chicago Bears are getting exactly what they deserve- lousy quarterback play.

Glennon has shown that if he is forced to play due to injury, he can be a serviceable starter that might be able to win a few games if he’s surrounded by a good team. But more importantly, what Glennon has proven is that he has no mobility and very little pocket awareness, he doesn’t have the arm to stretch a defense, and he progresses through his reads at a snail’s pace.

He’s proven that he isn’t good enough to win football games with this Bears’ team. He is the main reason that the Bears are 0-2, but the bottom line is that it’s not his fault.

While that might not make sense, it actually makes perfect sense. This is who Mike Glennon the quarterback is. Nobody should be confused about his performances, he is playing at the level most of us expected him to play at. In fact, Glennon’s play against the Atlanta Falcons was probably the best he can do. The fact is, his best, isn’t good enough.

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But that doesn’t mean you should blame Glennon. If you as a parent decide to give your 8-year old the keys to the Lexus and let him take it for a joyride and he drives it into a ditch, do you blame the child or do you blame the parent that gave him the keys?

The Chicago Bears are getting exactly what they deserve- lousy quarterback play.

There’s no problem is admitting a mistake. Ryan Pace locked onto Mitch Trubisky as his quarterback of the future but was concerned that he wouldn’t be ready right away, so he wanted to commit to a veteran quarterback that he thought would be good enough while Trubisky learned. The plan was sound, the execution has failed.

It’s time for Pace and John Fox to realize that the plan did not work. The rookie they drafted is just as, if not more capable than Glennon at this exact moment, and the kid’s abilities are only going to improve.

John Fox after the game refused to change course. He said it’s Mike Glennon’s team and that’s not going to change. Is that truly Fox’s opinion or is he just the mouthpiece of the organization? That’s impossible to know for sure. Fox does tend to lean towards playing veterans over rookies, but at the same time, he’s an experienced coach he knows when his veterans are outmatched and under-performing.

TAMPA, FL – SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky
TAMPA, FL – SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky /

As long as the coaching staff and front office continue to stick with Glennon and refuse to consider playing Trubisky at quarterback, then this 0-2 start is on them, not on Mike Glennon. Glennon simply isn’t talented enough for the position he’s been put in. It’s time for a change. A change that is long overdue.

If Trubisky plays, he will struggle at times, he will even make some backbreaking mistakes. But the sooner he is out there and learning, the quicker he will improve on those mistakes. At this point, there is every reason to play Trubisky and zero reasons to play Glennon. He does not figure into the Bears’ future plans and he is not discernibly better than Trubisky. It’s time to play the kid. Everybody seems to realize it but the Bears’ franchise and until they do, the horrible quarterback play is on them, not on Glennon.