The pleas of the masses have been heard. On Monday, October 2nd, 2017, the second-round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft will start his career under center for the Chicago Bears. Coach John Fox discussed it at length on the Bears Coaches Show on WBBM AM 780. “It was just a decision I thought needed to be made.” Really?
Doesn’t it seem odd that numerous analysts predict he would get the nod between Week 5 and Week 7? Heck, even former Bears wide receiver Victor Cruz and center Olin Kreutz said he would start Week 5.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Chicago Bears have named their starting quarterback for Monday Night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5. Mitchell Trubisky, the second overall pick out of North Carolina, will replace Mike Glennon behind center after Glennon lead the franchise to a 1-3 start for the Bears.
This is music to the ears of Bears fans who have been demanding a quarterback change since the start of the season. Many fans threatened to walk away from attending games if Glennon continued. Fans believe that Trubisky would give them a better chance to win due to his performance in the preseason.
After the loss to the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football, the coaching staff had to assess all four weeks of game film to determine whether or not the losses were all on Glennons shoulders. Coaches film shows many facets to the loses in dropped passes, penalties on both sides of the ball, but the interceptions, fumbles and the inability to make corrections when needed forced the Bears to make this decision.
The Thursday night matchup between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers was supposed to be at least competitive. But within the first 53 seconds of the game, the Bears fumble a ball, and Quarterback Aaron Rodgers magnificently directs two touchdown drives. All of this happened before the rain delay and the deafening chants of Bears fans for the head of QB Mike Glennon. The rain however gave the Bears a chance to clear their heads and find a way to catch up to the 14-0 deficit they were in.
Slippery football, Slippery field
In the first series of the game, Glennon stands in the pocket in what seemed like forever, waiting for a receiver to be open. During that play Tight End Dion Sims struggled to block Linebacker Clay Matthews, who manages to overtake him, creating a strip-sack fumble that led to a Packers touchdown. Again the Bears get another opportunity, this time Glennon brings up his knee prior to the cadence but thinks the offense doesn’t see it. So he does it again only for the ball to be snapped and hitting Glennon in the knee giving the Packers the ball once again, leading to the second touchdown.
In the first quarter, the Bears could not produce a clean string of plays. With a wet field the Bears tried to move the ball at the start of the second quarter. In a shocking display, and rare scene, a long throw by Glennon finds the hands of Wide Receiver Josh Bellamy, only to be stripped on the way down by the Packers secondary. But the Bears defense came through with a QB sack by LB Leonard Floyd and another chance to get a score on the board. But Glennon fails to make the correct throw to Markus Wheaton and it is intercepted.Continue reading “Chicago Bears: Slippery Football, Slippery Field, Slippery Slope of a Game”→
This was one of those matchups that was a no-brainer when it came to winning; every single sports media outlet had Steelers pegged to win. Against an elite passer such as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, there was a doubt that the Chicago Bears secondary could stop him. But the Steelers didn’t quite understand the dual threat of Bears running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Together, they masterfully carved up the Steelers defense with precision and grit.
Howard rushed for 138 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns, the latter in a 19-yard sprint in overtime to seal the deal. Cohen, Howard’s partner in crime, rushed for 78 yards on 12 carries. Another rookie that emerged was tight end Adam Shaheen, who not only pulled in his first TD but ran alongside Howard in the overtime hustle, blocking to keep his lane free.Continue reading “Chicago Bears Win in OT, But the Call is Still Out for Trubisky”→
The Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) will head to Soldier Field to make it a 3-0 start against the Chicago Bears (0-2), who look to overcome a horrendous outing last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Though sports media networks and sports writers have given their opinion and assessment of this matchup, it seems only right to ask fans how they feel about their team in this game.
To share their opinion on these two teams is Bear Fan extraordinaire and Editor at Windy City Gridiron, Lester Wilfong Jr., and Raymond Vega, Los Angeles Sheriff and Steelers fan.
Since the game is being hosted in Chicago, let’s start with Lester.
Q: Lester, as an Editor for WindyCityGridiron.com you try to be objective. But through the eyes and heart of a fan, did you expect the Bears to start off the season 0-2? L: As much as I thought the Bears would be an improved team over a year ago, I still had them opening up with a loss to Atlanta and a loss to the Bucs. Atlanta is the defending NFC Champ, and Tampa Bay was a 9-7 team last year with some good, young talent. I didn’t expect them to look as lost last week, however. Unfortunately for us Bears’ fans, this team may be looking at another double-digits in the loss column.
“Tru-bis-y, Tru-bis-ky, Tru-bis-ky” could be heard throughout Raymond James stadium by Chicago Bears fans. After quarterback Mike Glennon displayed a substandard performance in a 29-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, it was more than any Bears fan could stomach. The chants shouted by fans to start the young rookie could be heard throughout social media, at times begging general manager to Ryan Pace to intervene.
But there is a reason for not playing the rookie, which I will share in a moment.
Granted, the Bears did not start off great, ushering yet another 0-2 start to the season, making it three years in a row. To add insult to injury…well, the stack of injuries that are once again plaguing this team.
Sitting on my bookshelf are two tickets. To some, it may mean nothing as regards to its value. Yet, the anticipation is killing me only for the sake of sitting in Section 251 in Soldier Field for the first preseason game in 2017.
Yes, the hype is for the first preseason game against the Denver Broncos! But why should I care? Does it matter what happens and who wins?
Well, to the Chicago Bears and their fans it does.
Last season was a nightmare. How could my beloved Bears finish a horrific 3-14? Simple, there was no life on that team. Somewhere along the practices and planning, the players and staff lost their passion. It was as if the entire team and organization forgot how to breathe. But something is different going into the 2017 season.
The shock of the NFL Draft is over for Chicago Bears fans and it’s a good thing. The Bears can now focus on developing a team whose goal is to win games and make last season’s horrible 3-13 nightmare disappear.
Despite the “wonderful outlook” for the 2017 season by ESPN, Sports Illustrated and the NFL Network, (sarcasm intended), the Bears are not taking anything for granted. According to bearswire.com, general Manager Ryan Pace was graded with a D+ by 15 NFL Executives for his off season moves.
His grading was based on lack-luster veteran free agent signings and the gutsy moves in “selling the farm” for the second overall pick in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Frankly, these owners see the Bears transactions as “scrambling to get to 6-10 or 8-8.” As a matter of fact to them, the offseason was the signing of “a lot of mediocre players on mediocre deals.”
Tell that to the face of defensive backs Prince Amukamara and Quintin Demps or wide receivers Marcus Wheaton or Kendall Wright. The only way these players are going to prove they deserve a shot is to show it on the field. The voluntary OTAs proved to be an opportunity for players and rookies to show that they are ready and hungry to win games. To assume that these players have nothing to offer is absurd and disrespectful.