That’s my quarterback:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 3, 2017
- Installing Mitch Trubisky as the new starting quarterback has restored hope for a brighter future, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune. Whether it’s at Halas Hall (where players might have applied pressure to start the rookie), online, or in the streets, there is an overwhelming newfound sense of optimism regarding the Bears’ new direction. Even head coach John Fox seemed (cautiously) optimistic with the upcoming change at the most position in football when he explained the thought process behind making the move.
- Perhaps Fox is looking forward to game planning with a quarterback who won’t commit eight turnovers in three games or rolling with a quarterback whose accuracy and mobility could open up some additional running lanes. In any case, it’s hard to not feel better today than you did on, say, Thursday night.
- Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly writes the Bears made the obvious move in benching Mike Glennon in favor of Trubisky. Save for how he played in the fourth quarter of his first start, Glennon wasn’t giving his team the best chance to win – something the ex-starter himself readily admitted after Thursday’s loss to the Packers. Glennon isn’t worthy of being a starting quarterback right now, and it’s not as if the Bears didn’t give him ample opportunity to prove that. Four games constitutes a quarter of the NFL season, and Glennon’s 140 pass attempts ranked as the 12th most in the league. Of the 264 snaps he took, more than 62 percent were drop backs. That looks like enough time to come to the conclusion the Bears brass did in demoting Glennon and promoting Trubisky.
- Bill Williamson of FanRag Sports writes Trubisky will hope to emulate another high-profile rookie quarterback who replaced a veteran starter. Whether we like it or not, the comparisons between Trubisky and Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans will begin as soon as Trubisky takes the field. Williamson’s rookie checkpoint notes that Watson and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs are in better situations than Trubisky, but the Bears rookie has no one impeding his progress now that Glennon is on the bench.
- Now comes the hard part – winning games. Trubisky’s first test won’t be an easy one as the Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings, writes JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago. The Vikings have limited opposing passers to a 92.7 rating that puts them in the top half of the league thanks to some sturdy play in the secondary and the ability to apply pressure with the front seven. However, Minnesota has allowed the third most completed passes and only five times have allowed a higher completion percentage. There will be opportunities to make plays, as there were last week against the Packers. The only difference is the new quarterback under center.
- Speaking of being under center, it’s worth noting that 112 of the 140 passes Glennon attempted in 2017 have come while operating out of the shotgun. Or to put it in a different perspective, 80 percent of Glennon’s passes did not come while the quarterback was under center. Going back to the start of the 2016 season, Bears quarterbacks have run 60.3 percent of their offensive snaps through the shotgun. While we’ll see how far Trubisky has come regarding handling snaps under center soon enough, operating out of the shotgun for the majority of the time should help ease the transition.
- There’s no smooth transition here, other than to say Monday Night Football could feature two quarterbacks who were the first taken in their respective classes:
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) October 2, 2017
- Chris Boden of Pro Football Weekly writes the Detroit Lions might have provided a blueprint for beating the Vikings. Detroit, which is 3-1 and tied with the Packers for first place in the NFC North, won a closely contested 14-7 game in which the defense stifled quarterback Case Keenum, tight end Kyle Rudolph, as well as receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
- Unfortunately, the biggest blow the Vikings suffered was the loss of stellar rookie running back Dalvin Cook (Michael: RIP my fantasy team). The second-round selection from Florida State will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury. That leaves Minnesota to rely on free agent acquisition Latavius Murray to pick up the production, writes ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.