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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Quarterback: T (“Trash”)

F would be too kind. I originally like me here, but “trash” seemed funnier while being appropriate.

Don’t try to come to me with Glennon’s overall statistics—31 of 45 passes for 301 yards—as a means of defending him. Don’t talk to me about drops that his receivers made at the end of the game when the Bears were simply playing for pride. And don’t get excited about his garbage time touchdown throw to Deonte Thompson.

When the football game actually mattered, Glennon was every bit the reincarnation of Bad Jay Cutler, Bad Rex Grossman and every bad Chicago Bears quarterback that has ever existed.

And that’s the pitiful part. Glennon’s game-managing, risk-averse style should have played into John Fox’s philosophy of grinding out games and staying conservative. Who cares if he makes big plays as long as he doesn’t screw up, right?

Well…what the Chicago Bears have on their hands is a game-managing quarterback without the physical capabilities to even manage a football game.

The interceptions and fumble obviously rankle fans, particularly coming from a quarterback whose only purpose in this offense is to not do exactly those things.

The throws he made on those picks were both inexcusable. One was a bad decision to force a ball to Dion Sims in the midst of heavy coverage. Naturally, he threw the ball late and behind his target. Then, he threw another late out-route that got picked for a touchdown.

Are you noticing a theme here? You’d think he’d learn by this point.

Bottom line: as much as the Chicago Bears try to shelter Glennon, his inability to make basic NFL plays makes continuing to trot him out onto the field look worse every day.

Coach Fox, do not tell me that Mitch Trubisky cannot run this offense. I simply don’t believe you.