Chicago Bears lose to Buccaneers: Offensive grades

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Mike Glennon
TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Mike Glennon /
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The Chicago Bears offense put together an absolutely dreadful performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And unless they make a change, they’ll see more of the same.

Coming into this season, we knew the Chicago Bears would lag behind the defense somewhat. After all, the talent deficit at several important positions wasn’t addressed significantly in the offseason.

The Bears badly need to check out wide receivers in the draft and free agency next season with uncertainty surrounding the health of Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.

Additions like big tight end Adam Shaheen will need time to develop at the NFL level.

And their prized offseason acquisition, quarterback Mitch Trubisky? Well…at this point, I don’t see why he’s not playing. But we’ll get to that later.

To summarize the Chicago Bears’ current situation…you know how people say that a high tide raises all boats? Well, I think the Bears’ offense is experiencing the low tide part right now. And that low tide has a name: Mike Glennon.

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Every awful thing Glennon did today and every limitation revealed in his play made the Bears look like they were trying to win a shootout with Nerf guns. His inability to push the ball down the field hurts the offensive line, the running backs, receivers and even the defense.

And until the Chicago Bears decide they want to do something about that, games like this are what we can expect to see. We’ve already seen Glennon’s best. His worst is bad enough to torpedo an entire team’s game plan.

Let’s assess the damage…