Bears to start QB Trubisky over Glennon against Vikings
The Chicago Bears announced a change at quarterback on Monday, Oct. 2, and will start rookie Mitchell Trubisky for next Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Bears coach John Fox will bench Mike Glennon and turn to No. 2 overall pick Trubisky.
The quarterback change has been expected after Glennon turned over the ball four times in the 35-14 loss last Thursday night at the Green Bay Packers.
Glennon was 21 of 33 for 216 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions and two lost fumbles against the Packers.
"That's not my focus," Glennon said after Thursday's loss when asked if he could hold on to his job. "I'm going to watch this film, learn from my mistakes and look forward to improving myself as a player."
The 27-year-old Glennon is 93 of 140 (66.4 percent) for 833 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions with three lost fumbles in the first four games for the 1-3 Bears.
The Bears had maintained that Glennon, signed in March to a three-year, $45-million deal with $18.5 million guaranteed, gave them their best chance to win.
"I think, as I've referenced, the quarterback gets a lot more credit and a lot more blame than they deserve," Fox said after last week's loss. "We're looking at everything and we're not in a big rush to do anything about it because we don't have a game until next Monday night."
The Bears traded up one spot to select Trubisky out of North Carolina in the draft in April.
In the past, Fox and general manager Ryan Pace said they preferred Trubisky be a backup this season.
During preseason, Trubisky seemed to light a fire under the offense with his mobility. But Fox said there's no way to know if Trubisky is ready to play.
"Until that happens, you don't really know," Fox said Friday. "I don't think you (media) know and I don't even know. Regardless, it's who you draft, who you sign to a free-agent contract. I think that kind of tells what you think. Now you still have got to execute."
Trubisky won the Bears' backup job in Week 1, beating out veteran Mark Sanchez, who has been inactive the first four weeks. Trubisky was impressive in the preseason when he completed 36 of 53 passes for 364 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 106.2 passer rating.
The 23-year-old Trubisky will become the third quarterback selected in the 2017 draft to start this season as he joins the Houston Texans' Deshaun Watson and the Cleveland Browns' DeShone Kizer.
In his only year as a starter at North Carolina last season, Trubisky set single-season school passing records with 447 attempts, 304 completions, 3,748 yards and 30 touchdowns. He had just six interceptions.