John Fox: Mitch Trubisky ‘not going to wave fairy dust’ and solve Bears’ woes
The Chicago Bears this week finally decided to bench the struggling Mike Glennon and usher in the Mitchell Trubisky Era.
The rookie will make his NFL regular-season debut in Monday night’s showdown with the division-rival Minnesota Vikings in Week 5. But Bears head coach John Fox cautioned that the inexperienced quarterback alone should not be expected to solve the team’s woes on offense.
“He’s not going to wave fairy dust on it [and solve all the issues],” Fox said Monday on his weekly show on WBBM Newsradio 780, via ESPN.
Glennon, despite signing a lucrative free agent deal this offseason, wasn’t expected to be the long-term solution for the Bears at quarterback. And that was even before the Bears exhausted significant draft capital to move up just one spot to take the North Carolina standout with the second-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
That said, the Bears (1-3) simply could not continue with Glennon, who has been an utter disaster in the season’s first four weeks. The situation proved untenable after Glennon’s four-turnover performance in last Thursday’s 35-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Fox cited the turnover-prone tendencies displayed by Glennon when first discussing the switch to Trubisky.
“Disappointment for Mike, but I think there is some excitement for Mitchell,” Fox said of of the decision, via ESPN. “It was a decision I thought needed to be made. We had 10 giveaways in the first four weeks of the season — you can’t win football games that way. Not that they were all one guy’s fault, but the combination of that leads to us going in a different direction.”
Trubisky arguably outplayed Glennon during the preseason, with a 106.2 QB rating while passing for 364 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. And yet, Fox and the coaching staff stubbornly continued to insist Glennon was their starter.
The Bears deciding to go with Trubisky in a showdown with the Vikings’ vaunted defense in nationally televised game — a baptism by fire if there ever was one — arguably illustrates how dire the Glennon situation had become.
Suffice to say, fairy dust certainly would be helpful heading into Monday night.