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Time for a change: Bears bench Mike Glennon, turn to Mitchell Trubisky

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Time for a change: Bears bench Mike Glennon, turn to Mitchell Trubisky

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears are going to give prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky a try.

The No. 2 overall draft pick from North Carolina will start against the Minnesota Vikings next Monday night after Mike Glennon struggled in the first four games, the team announced Monday morning.

It’s hardly a surprise that the Bears (1-3) will go with Trubisky considering how badly Glennon has struggled. Signed to replace Jay Cutler, he has five interceptions and three lost fumbles. He got picked off twice, lost a fumble on a sack and had another snap ricochet off his knee for a lost fumble in Thursday’s 35-14 loss at Green Bay.

The Bears envisioned this as sort of a redshirt season for Trubisky even though they made a bold move by trading up a spot with San Francisco to grab him on draft night. He started only 13 games at North Carolina and worked primarily out of the shotgun in a spread offense with few similarities to Chicago’s scheme.

He started came third on the depth chart behind Glennon and veteran Mark Sanchez. But with his mobility and arm strength, he progressed quicker than expected. Trubisky sparked a debate over who should start with a strong performance in the preseason opener against Denver, though he was more ordinary in the next three exhibitions.

Glennon played turnover-free ball in a 23-17 season-opening loss to Atlanta and had the Bears threatening for a last-second touchdown, though he struggled for much of the game. Things only got worse for Glennon in a blowout loss at Tampa Bay, and he didn’t play well in a surprising win over Pittsburgh, either.

Having a banged-up offensive line and depleted receiving corps didn’t help. With Cameron Meredith tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in the preseason and Kevin White breaking his shoulder in the opener, the Bears are missing their top two targets.

NFLPA plans to tell free agents to avoid Bears if Illinois passes bill

NFLPA plans to tell free agents to avoid Bears if Illinois passes bill

Equipped with nearly $63 million in available salary cap space this offseason, the Bears should have no problem getting free agents to sign on the dotted line come March 9, right?

Not if NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has any say in the matter.

Smith made an appearance on the Spiegel and Parkins Show on WSCR-AM 670 on Friday afternoon, saying that he will tell free agents not to sign with the Bears if the new Illinois workers' comp bill is passed. 

"I will tell you from the bottom of my heart that this union will tell every potential free agent player, if this bill passes, to not come to the Bears," Smith told WSCR. 

The bill, which is being pushed by the McCaskey family, would put an end to health care for all injured workers beginning at the age of 35, including professional athletes in Illinois.

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Report: Former 49ers OC expected to join Bears coaching staff

Report: Former 49ers OC expected to join Bears coaching staff

It appears that Curtis Modkins will not be back with the 49ers in 2017.

San Francisco's offensive coordinator under Chip Kelly is expected to become the Bears' running backs coach, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

The 49ers were 27th in points per game (19.3) and 31st in yards per game (308.1).

Prior to joining the 49ers, Modkins coached Detroit's running backs from 2013 to 2015. He was Buffalo's offensive coordinator from 2010 to 2012.

The 49ers will play at Chicago next season.