There are two sides to every quarterback swap, and perhaps it’s time to hear things from Mike Glennon’s perspective now that we’ve heard from new starter Mitch Trubisky.
After months of getting the prime-time podium treatment, Glennon met with reporters at his locker at Halas Hall on Tuesday. Here are some of the highlights from Tuesday’s press briefing …
- We can start with this bit of perspective, courtesy of Adam Hoge’s Twitter:
Good perspective here from Mike Glennon: pic.twitter.com/kHgRUN50cg
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) October 3, 2017
- Let’s remember how we got here in the first place. The Bears signed Glennon to a three-year deal worth up to $45 million that included $18 million guaranteed with the idea of him being the placeholder (with a small bit of theoretical upside) until the team’s quarterback-of-the-future was ready. The hope was Glennon stayed true to who he was in his brief time as a starter with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game-manager who could take advantage of team strengths in the running game and along the offensive line en route to not making make costly mistakes. Unfortunately, that’s not how it played out, as eight turnovers in his last three games turned out to be what sparked change at the position.
- Glennon knew the turnovers weren’t giving his team a chance to win. When asked what he was told about the decision, Glennon explained: “Can’t afford to turn the ball over, and in those two games I didn’t protect the ball.”
- To be fair, Glennon shouldn’t wear 100 percent of the blame for the team’s turnover woes. Yes, he was the one throwing the interceptions, taking strip-sack-fumbles, and mishandling snaps. However, there are 10 other players who – if they don’t their job, or if they aren’t the right personnel – can make it difficult for a quarterback to do his. Still, Glennon took full responsibility for the team’s turnover woes. “The turnovers had nothing to do with the receivers,” Glennon said. “Those were on me. And that’s ultimately what was costly.”
- You might remember Josh Bellamy as the receiver who couldn’t haul in a potential game-tying touchdown on a well-thrown ball by Glennon against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. Bellamy was asked whether or not he received a fair shake in the quarterback derby, to which he responded: “That’s above my pay grade.”
- Naturally, Glennon was asked about the player who replaced him. And as one would expect, Glennon – who will remain one of the team’s captains despite his demotion – took the high road and gave his replacement an endorsement saying: “He has a bright future in the NFL.”