It's been quite some time since I've fired up a Fanpost, but considering the circumstances surrounding the franchise, it's time to address the figurative "pink elephant" in the room. Four weeks into the 2017 NFL season, it's time for the franchise to buck up and get their answers. For Bears fans across the world, it is time to accept the reality of the situation.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is officially Trubisky Time for the Chicago Bears.
"Oh, no, but he's not 110% ready to play in the NFL! He's not experienced enough! We must stick with Mike Glennon and his 1-2 Touchdown to Turnover Ratio, until Mitchell Trubisky has taken enough mental reps!" Rubbish. Nonsense. And, to be blunt, completely archaic. Since when did the Head Coach who, some would say, single handily chased Jay Cutler out of town suddenly get this stubborn with an overmatched QB? Since when was it deemed acceptable for such a low production of TDs and a high production of costly turnovers to take place, while the rest of the team is fighting as hard as they can to stay in the game? Simple answer: it's not. John Fox has already been fired twice from two different franchises, and he's well on his way to being fired yet again if the situation doesn't improve drastically.
One must be willing to cut their loses, and adapt to the situation, if they wish to last in any professional sport league. There is no more defending it; the Mike Glennon signing is now one of the all-time worst flops in free agency history. Okay, so accept it and move on. Not one person feels sorry for anyone here, it's a results-based business. According to their own motto displayed at Halas Hall, "Either Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of The Way." So now, we have the perfect opportunity to make said change, the Bears do not play again for another 11 days. That is more than enough time to let Mitchell Trubisky take reps with the ones, and to establish a credible gameplan.
At this point in his career with the Bears, Fox simply has nothing else to lose. Well, outside of any dignity or pride remaining within the locker room, that is. And yet, it's still early enough into the young season where a turnaround can actually happen. Desperate times calls for desperate measures; and believe me, times are desperate. In the NFL, all it takes is for the right amount of spark to ignite a team. And Trubisky, as we all witnessed during training camp and pre season, is more than capable of providing said spark.
Is Trubisky truly the answer for all the Bears' problems? Only one way to find out: get him out on the field and play to his strengths. Yes, the receiving corps is less than ideal. Yet, there were plenty of occasions when any of the receivers would be open, only for Glennon to completely miss his mark. Every interception, in my opinion at least, are results of terrible decisions, coupled with an even worse throw. Watch the video below for such an example.
Let's break down that play. First, and foremost, he had three different receivers who were open on that play. Kendall Wright was running up the seam, Jordan Howard was open underneath, and Markus Wheaton had grass between the defenders and the cap of his route. The pocket held up, as the O-Line provided solid protection up the middle and offered Glennon the option to move up in the pocket. Instead, he flat footed his release, throwing the ball off a weak stance with an awkward baseball-style wind up. Naturally, the ball fluttered as it took flight, and it overshot Wheaton by a solid 10 yards in the air. Worst of all, he stared down his target. He never bothered to read the full field, he simply saw the first blue jersey and flung the ball at it's general direction. Every single DB in Green Bay knew exactly where that ball was headed before the pass was attempted. That was the theme of the night, the Packers' secondary played a rather loose style of coverage, almost as if they were in a "cloud" look for the entire game.
It's rough to kick someone while they're still down, but through four games, it's abundantly clear that opposing teams do not -- and will not -- respect Mike Glennon.
Enough with the bad, am I right? Let's now take a glimpse at what Trubisky will offer once he takes over as the starting QB.
There's plenty to like on that example. First, watch how quickly he scans the field, and doesn't just lock onto a single target pre-snap. It looks a little blurred, but his eyes are going through his options. He sees that 1) Gentry has a step on the DB without help over the top 2) he has time in the pocket and 3) he has space to move around if need be. Naturally, he makes his decision to go deep, and he executes the throw perfectly. What's crazy, is that all of the receivers who are starting right now for the Bears, are the same group of receivers Trubisky spent 90% of the time with during training camp. He offers a better arm, with much more athleticism, and likely a much wider set of plays can be ran with his skillset. An offense like that of the Bears', which features two great RBs in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, could suddenly turn deadly with a QB like Trubisky in the lineup. The current game plan on offense is literally tailor-made for Trubisky, just let the kid play.
Oh, but there's this one idea that it's too dangerous to throw a young QB out to the fire. Again, I find that logic to be expired. The days of simply stashing a talented prospect on the bench, exclusively for the sake of "development," is a flawed developmental plan to begin with. "But, what about Aaron Rodgers, what about Tom Brady," some will ask.
What about them?
Let's start with everyone's favorite example, Aaron Rodgers. Yes, the same monster who's been terrifying the Bears for many years now once was stashed on the bench, in a developmental plan of his coach's choosing. Except, the player that he sat behind, was actually pretty good. He's just some guy named Brett Favre, a Hall of Famer that will forever be recognized as one of the greatest players ever to enter the NFL. And, it wasn't like Green Bay traded up for Rodgers. Neigh, they traded down during the 2005 NFL Draft, twice to be exact. When Ted Thompson was presented with such a unique opportunity to fortify the QB position for many years to come, combined with the fact he was loaded with draft capital up to that point, he pulled the trigger.
Now, onto Tom Brady.
In the year 2000, the Patriots were a completely different team than the one we see today. As a matter of fact, not one Patriots fan really placed too much thought about their sixth round pick from Michigan, the Patriots already had a franchise QB at the time. His name was Drew Bledsoe, who became a legend in his own right. He single handily ended an eight-year playoff drought, became the youngest player ever to be selected as a Pro Bowler, and had a Super Bowl appearance of his own. It wasn't until that honest-to-God freakish injury he sustained in the 2001 season when Tom Brady's story would begin. He had the luxury of sitting behind a great QB for a full season, inheriting both a strong supporting cast on offense along with one of the most underrated defenses in the past decade to boot. Oh, and there's some coach named Bill Belichick, for what it's worth.
I'll throw in a few more examples. Steve McNair sat behind Chris Chandler during his early years, where Chandler was a two-time Pro Bowler (1997 and 1998) with a Super Bowl appearance in 1997. How about Carson Palmer, who sat behind John Kitna for the entire 2003 season? Yeah, John Kitna won comeback player of the year in 2003, and was a respectable QB of his own accord. And how about one Jay Cutler, who initially sat behind Jake Plummer for a few games during the 2006 regular season? Where Plummer isn't to be confused with any of the other QBs on this list, he did have a Pro Bowl season in 2005, and his stint with the Broncos was arguably the best of his rather brief career.
The point I emphasized over the past three paragraphs, is that you simply can't sit a rookie behind any veteran QB. Rather, for that plan to work, you have to be sure that the veteran entrusted with the role is solid in their own right. Or, at the very least, had some decent level of success at some point during their career. Based on that statement, Mike Glennon isn't qualified for the task, not even close. It's quite foolish to hand someone a 3-year $45 million outright, then to draft a QB with the 2nd overall pick, and not make those two players compete for the job. Quite frankly, that was irresponsible on both Fox and Pace's respective parts.
Never fear, Bears fans. It's not too late to turn this season around. And, unlike what we've seen for most of our lives as Bears fans, we have a rookie QB who provides us with hope. The first four weeks are over, and we are 1-3. Time is up for Mike Glennon, he had his chance. It's time to see what we've got in Mitchell Trubisky.