Mike Glennon remains Bears starting QB; ‘It gives us a chance’
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The Mitch Trubisky wait will continue.
Mike Glennon will remain the starting quarterback Sunday against the Steelers, coach John Fox said Monday.
“I think after two games it’s really hard to evaluate somebody. …” Fox said. “But the truth of the matter is that right now, that’s the case. We’re playing arguably one of the better teams we’re going to play this year at home. We’re going to do everything in our power to look a little bit like we did in Week 1 than in Week 2. It gives us a chance.”
Glennon had an ugly second pro game in Tampa, turning the ball over three times in the first half. Fox was more clear in his criticism of Glennon that he was in the minutes following Sunday’s 29-7 loss, when he said the entire team had its hand in the game. That’s still the case, he said, but Glennon erred in committing his turnovers.
“Well, if you asked Mike, and I think I’d say the same thing, that’s a throw he’d like to have back,” he said of his first interception. “(Sunday) I said that a lot was made of the quarterback, and the reality is we all had our signature on it. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t involved at all. I’m sure there’s two or three plays like everybody there, and the same with coaches, that you’d like to have back.”
Fox said he didn’t put Trubisky, the second overall pick, in the game late Sunday because Glennon needed work, too. Glennon hadn’t started in two years before signing with the Bears in March. Glennon went 31-for-45 for 301 empty yards and a garbage-time touchdown in Tampa.
When will Fox know that it’s time to make a change? Fox was vague, but said any decision, obviously, will be made in conjunction with the Bears front office.
“I think you just kind of know when it’s time,” he said. “You can’t measure it all exactly the same because people are all different.”
Fox praised the rookie’s progress in practice.
“I love where he is,” he said. “I love his growth. I think the guy works at it very hard. He’s into it on gameday. He’s into it because you’re one play away from being a starter like any backup. It doesn’t matter the position. You have to prepare like you’re one play away. I like where he is and I like his development.”