by Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63 Bears 17 – Vikings 20
In his first NFL debut, rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky entered the stadium with swagger. He had been waiting all his life for this moment and what better way to display his talents than on a Monday Night stage. But with a close game, the Chicago Bears fall to 1-4 in the NFC North division.
The Minnesota Vikings did not hesitate to put pressure on him from the get-go, but he found a way to get out of the pocket and move around trying to make a play. His footwork looked clean, his trajectory was almost on point with a few low throws that could not be caught. And let’s not forget his confidence in the pocket and his mobility outside the pocket. No nerves or fear there.
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.
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.
It is no secret how some people feel about preseason games. Some would prefer that they disappear all together. Others believe they should be shortened to just two games to assess the players on the field.
Either way, the Chicago Bears came to play at Soldier Field Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns – sort of. The Bears have been pretty successful in defeating the Browns during preseason, almost treating it as a gimmie. But not last night.
The loss turned football fans and sports writers into fiery dragons. But was head coach John Fox really to blame for the loss and rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky‘s garbage time sack? Or did the offensive line fall asleep at the wheel? Well, let’s check all the evidence to be sure.
Those in the football world know that the last preseason game of the year is basically to weed out the not-ready-for-NFL-Primetime-players. The premise is to keep the ones that stand out, came to play and give the backup and third string quarterbacks an opportunity for more reps.