The good news is, the Bears didn’t lose Sunday.
They did, however, continue their soul-searching after Thursday’s blowout loss in Green Bay, a 1-3 start to the season and a quarterbacking disaster that seems to have reached critical mass.
Sun-Times’ Bears beat writer Mark Potash breaks down the first quarter of the season:
The Bears’ quarterback situation hasn’t worked because …
General manager Ryan Pace and the Bears’ personnel department made a gross misjudgment about what kind of quarterback Glennon is. Even with Cam Meredith and Kevin White, the Bears needed a quarterback who could buy a little time for plays to develop. Except for accuracy, Glennon has shown none of the skills Pace touted when Glennon signed.
Did Mike Glennon get a fair shake?
Yes. In fact, he got a better shake than he deserved. He should have been in an open competition for the starting job in training camp and instead was handed a job he didn’t earn. The supporting cast is questionable, but he knew that going in. It was on him to be good early.
Is Mitch Trubisky ready? Does it matter?
It does matter, but early indications are that Trubisky is ready to learn from his mistakes rather then be destroyed by them. If Trubisky provides even a modicum of hope, he has a chance to make his teammates better — on offense and defense. It probably won’t be pretty early, but Trubisky will give the Bears a much better chance of being good eventually.
The most disturbing part of the Bears’ start …
For the third consecutive season, Fox’s fist-bumping/players-pal coaching doesn’t seem to be resonating with his players. It’s no longer the roster issue it was when he arrived. He’s just not getting as much out of what he has as he used to.
The Bears’ biggest challenge will be …
Keeping players healthy. The Bears already have eight players on injured reserve, including four starters.
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