On Friday, Chicago Bears head coach John Fox was coy about his plans for the team’s quarterback slot; about whether the team would sit Mike Glennon and start rookie Mitchell Trubisky.
By Monday, he made a decision: The team will go with the second overall pick from the 2017 NFL Draft when the Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings in a week.
Bears have made a QB change and are going with Mitchell Trubisky, sources tell @DanGrazianoESPN and me.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 2, 2017
“I don’t single out one position,” Fox said after a 35-14 ass-whooping at the hands of the Green Bay Packers, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I know there are a lot of people out there that enjoy that, but there are 11 critical positions. And we’ve got to do a lot of work on all 11 of them.”
Glennon has been miserable through a quarter of the season, turning the ball over eight times (the rest of the team has two turnovers), and averaging just 208.3 yards passing per game. But the rest of the team, now 1-3, hasn’t been much better.
In their lone victory, they benefitted from recovering five fumbles against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I feel like he’s had opportunities to do well, but that’s all of us. We all got whupped (Thursday) night, not just Mike,” said tight end Zach Miller. “He knows that he wants to take better care of the football; I don’t think that’s a secret.
“We’ve all got to do a better job around him to help him out. But it’s no time for us to panic right now; (we’re) four games into a very long season, and he’s more than capable of leading our football team and getting wins.”
The team signed Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract during the offseason, with $18.5 million guaranteed.
Fox has said Glennon’s salary wouldn’t factor in his decisions concerning the quarterback position.
“I go way back to when I came into the league,” Fox said. “We weren’t even allowed to know what a guy made because we didn’t want that to influence the decision. I’m just kind of old school that way. I just like to evaluate people based on performance.”
I suppose it doesn’t really matter how much money you make if you’re as bad as Glennon has been through the first month of the season.