If you were hoping Mike Glennon’s three-turnover game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would push John Fox to play Mitch Trubisky, your wait for Trubisky’s debut will still take a bit longer:
When asked if he would think about playing Trubisky next week, John Fox said: "No."
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) September 17, 2017
Just as he did in his Chicago Bears debut, Glennon struggled in the first half for a second straight game. He completed 13 of 16 passes for 113 yards, but also had two interceptions and a fumble. He finished the day with 301 passing yards and a touchdown, but it was far too little and much too late in what turned out to be a 29-7 loss.
After the game, Fox came to the defense of his quarterback and told reporters: “I don’t think the loss is all about the quarterback.”
Fox took it a step further when he remained adamant that Glennon was going to be the team’s starter in Week 3 when the Bears host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune tweets “Fox was firm in saying there would be no change” at the position during his postgame press conference.
It’s difficult to pin a lopsided loss on one guy, but Glennon’s two turnovers did lead to a pair of touchdowns, including a pick-6 on a telegraphed throw on a slow-developing play. Trailing by more than 20 points for most of the game, Fox had an option to get Trubisky some game reps in garbage time with the game already in hand and no pressure for the rookie to be a savior. Instead, Fox stuck with Glennon throughout the entirety of the game.
Trubisky remains the Bears’ backup, meaning he could be thrust into action at a moment’s notice or if Glennon goes down with an injury.
How much longer Fox rides Glennon after that will be determined by the quarterback’s play and how Trubisky develops at practice in the coming weeks. But as of now, it doesn’t look like Glennon will be moving down the depth chart any time soon.