Back in Bourbonnais, Bears like what they see with Mike Glennon and Mitch Trubisky

Back in Bourbonnais, Bears like what they see with Mike Glennon and Mitch Trubisky

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — John Fox wouldn’t say whether or not Mitch Trubisky will be the Bears’ second-team quarterback when they travel to the desert to face the Arizona Cardinals in a week, but he did say he was pleased with how both Trubisky and Mike Glennon responded after Thursday’s preseason opener. 

Glennon and the first-team offense started Saturday’s non-padded practice strong, and while that unit slowed a bit as the afternoon went on, we didn’t see any glaring mistakes from the Bears’ expected Week 1 starting quarterback. 

“I think he obviously has had a bad game before, if you’ve played this game you have,” Fox said. “So he responded well and thought the first unit looked pretty good today.”

Trubisky threw an interception during practice, though it looked like there may have been some miscommunication between him and his intended target that led to that pick. Trubisky, after lighting up fringy Denver Broncos on Thursday, was just OK on Saturday — neither good nor bad. 

But the Bears liked how Trubisky came back to work after a successful preseason debut. 

“I think he’s had a very professional approach to it,” fellow rookie offensive lineman Jordan Morgan said. “He hasn’t let it go to his head, so to speak. It was the very first preseason game it’s one of those things where he realizes he did some good things and he’s just continue to develop on that and build on that moving forward.”

Fox said after Thursday’s game that he wouldn’t alter the depth chart based on one preseason game, but the question remains: When does, not when will, Trubisky become the Bears’ backup quarterback?

If it’s going to be Saturday night in Glendale, Fox — despite saying Thursday “We don’t gameplan against preseason opponents,” which seems pretty standard — won’t tip his hand. 

“We’ve got a plan,” Fox said. “We don’t share every little intricacy of the plan. But we had a plan going into that game.” 

How ‘spatula hands’ Adrian Amos is a perfect representation of the Bears’ defense 

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How ‘spatula hands’ Adrian Amos is a perfect representation of the Bears’ defense 

Adrian Amos grew up a Ravens fan, and would go play football with his dad on a field in the shadow of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. So what was the best game of his career on Sunday — eight tackles and a 90-yard pick six — carried more meaning for the Bears’ safety. 

“This was a dream come true coming back to play in this stadium,” Amos said. “That’s a blessing in itself. Not a lot of people from Baltimore get the chance to do that, to be in this stadium.”

Amos played nearly 2,000 career snaps before recording his first NFL interception on Sunday, when he was in the right place to snag a ball Kyle Fuller — another Baltimore native who was outstanding against the Ravens — tipped pass. Amos always was regarded as a sure tackler who could be counted on to stick to his assignments, but for whatever reason he never was able to get himself an interception. 

“Sometimes, I call him ‘spatula hands’ because he doesn’t catch a lot of balls,” defensive end Akiem Hicks said. 

“Akiem’s always got the jokes,” Amos said. Hicks never actually called Amos “spatula hands” to his face, and after dropping that line to the media, he told Amos what he said (“He’s got jokes for everybody,” Amos added). 

Homecomings and jokes aside, Amos is playing his best football right now, and that’s been huge for a Bears defense that’s needed to replace plenty of key players before the halfway point of the season. Amos, who lost his job when the Bears added Quintin Demps and Eddie Jackson in the offseason, is starting in place of Demps, who broke his arm Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

“At that time, there was a guy playing better than him,” coach John Fox said of Amos losing his starting job in training camp. “And, at this time, he’s playing the best in the group. And that’s why he’s playing out there.”

Amos played a grand total of one defensive snap in Weeks 1 and 2, but has played every single defensive snap — as well as 26 special teams snaps — in the last two weeks. He had eight tackles against both Minnesota and Baltimore, and against the Ravens, he notched a tackle for a loss and two pass break-ups. 

This Bears defense showed in the first five weeks of the season to be a “fine” group, one that wouldn’t make many mistakes, but also wouldn’t make a lot of plays. That changed on Sunday, with Bryce Callahan picking off a pass, Christian Jones forcing a fumble and Amos notching an interception. 

Like the Bears defense this year, Amos was a solid player who hadn’t made a lot of big plays in his career. And like the Bears’ defense on Sunday, Amos finally made a critical play when it counted. 

“It’s just a mindset thing,” Amos said. “Just staying focused. Stay confident in my ability. Just keep working, being aggressive, just put my head down and work, that’s all I know.”

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