The NFL preseason is meaningless—unless your team is so bad that just about every single job is up for grabs. Enter the Chicago Bears.
Coming off a 3-13 season, at least one job seemed secure, however: that of quarterback Mike Glennon, who signed a three-year deal worth up to $45 million this offseason.
Between his guaranteed $18.5 million and the team’s drafting of Mitch Trubisky, a talented but raw QB whom most evaluators agreed was a ways away from being starter material, the job seemed to be Glennon’s.
Then Thursday night happened.
In the opening series of their first preseason game, Glennon’s first pass was incomplete. His second attempt was caught for a touchdown—by the Denver Broncos’ Chris Harris Jr.
— NFL (@NFL) August 11, 2017
Glennon finished his day going 2-of-8 through the air for 20 yards. He was summarily roasted on Twitter.
Mike Glennon’s 2nd pass as a Chicago Bear was a pick six. He’s replacing Jay Cutler perfectly.
— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) August 11, 2017
Just a friendly reminder that Mike Glennon hits the 2017 cap for $14M, the same amount as this gentleman pic.twitter.com/K9C0ofqVDZ
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) August 11, 2017
Mike Glennon throws a pick 6 on his 2nd attempt pic.twitter.com/tIFSlDwlKc
— Tab Bamford (@The1Tab) August 11, 2017
Mike Glennon after that pick-6: pic.twitter.com/PTAVjlDyUc
— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) August 11, 2017
— Jeopardy! Sports (@JeopardySports) August 11, 2017
To make matters worse for Glennon, Trubisky, the supposedly not-ready QB prospect, set the field ablaze, relatively, with his play.
He finished 18-of-25 for 166 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 11, 2017
Bears fans and all of Twitter were ready to anoint him the starter right then and there.
Me: It’s only preseason. Don’t overreact.
— Evan Rogerson (@EvRogerson626) August 11, 2017
Trubisky just stood in on 3rd-and-18, took hit and threw a dart to Deonte Thompson. Yeah, this is 2nd/3rd string time, but he’s making plays
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 11, 2017
Mitch Trubisky to Mike Glennon after this game: pic.twitter.com/FrLVq0jQIq
— Rob T (@RobTizzle88) August 11, 2017
That plan to sit Trubisky the whole year…. pic.twitter.com/NHAv1tKtmP
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) August 11, 2017
Me on the Mitch Trubisky bandwagon pic.twitter.com/TQ39JCt6nr
— Steven Glansberg (@Ed_Johnson) August 11, 2017
The Broncos beat the Bears 24-17.