Benched Mike Glennon makes no excuses: ‘It comes down to production’

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The Bears benched Mike Glennon on Sunday night. (Getty Images)

Mike Glennon didn’t make excuses.

He didn’t blame the Bears’ pass-catchers (two dropped a potential winning touchdown in the opener) or a schedule that featured four teams who have a combined four losses.

He didn’t remind everyone of the Bears’ promise to him — after they drafted Mitch Trubisky in April — that this was his year.

Instead, the Bears’ newest backup quarterback owned up to the mistakes that got him benched earlier than anyone imagined.

‘‘It comes down to production,’’ Glennon said Tuesday. ‘‘I felt like I played well enough in two of the games, didn’t play well enough in the other two.’’

Glennon completed 93 of 140 passes for 833 yards with four touchdowns, but he also threw five interceptions and lost three fumbles. All but one turnover came in the Bears’ three losses. Two were blowouts — a 29-7 loss to the Buccaneers in Week 2 and a 35-14 loss to the Packers on Thursday.

Even though coach John Fox likes to depict turnovers as a team effort, Glennon wouldn’t blame his receiving corps, which lost starters Cam Meredith in the preseason and Kevin White in the opener.

‘‘The turnovers had nothing to do with the receivers,’’ he said. ‘‘Those were on me, and that’s ultimately what was costly. Outside of a few plays, we did some good things as an offense. But those turnovers were costly.’’

Fox demoted Glennon in favor of Trubisky on Sunday night. Glennon said he since had talked with general manager Ryan Pace, who, he said,

appreciated his professionalism.

‘‘I’ve learned so much from [Glennon] and how he carries himself and throughout the situation as a professional and a person,’’ Trubisky said. ‘‘It just says a lot about him and his character and what he means to this football team.’’

Glennon, who will remain a captain, said he doesn’t have any regrets. But he left the Bucs after two seasons as Jameis Winston’s backup to seek a starting job. Now he only will play if Trubisky is hurt.

‘‘I think I developed good relationships with guys, tried to bring us together as a team,’’ Glennon said. ‘‘The reality is, it’s not like the season’s over. We’re only four games in. There’s a lot that can change. So I’m going to continue to stay ready.’’

Glennon was gracious when asked about Trubisky — ‘‘Whatever he needs, I’m here to help him,’’ he said — and circumspect about his own fate.

‘‘Obviously not what I wanted, not what I hoped for, not what I envisioned,’’ he said. ‘‘But you look around the country, the world, and you see what’s going on. . . .

‘‘I always like to have perspective on the grand scheme of life, even in disappointing times.’’

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