What you need to know from Bears-Packers: Mike Glennon can’t get out of his own way, again

What you need to know from Bears-Packers: Mike Glennon can’t get out of his own way, again

GREEN BAY, Wisc. — For the second time this year, Mike Glennon committed three turnovers in a half. And for the second time this year, the Bears were blown out on the road.

Glennon lost two fumbles and was picked off by Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix in the first half, setting the tone for a 35-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in front of a national Thursday night audience. Clay Matthews’ sack-strip of Glennon on the Bears’ first offensive play of the game — Glennon held on to the ball far too long — quickly handed the Packers a 14-0 lead, and miscommunication between Glennon and center Cody Whitehair caused a comical botched snap that Green Bay easily recovered. And on the interception, Glennon seemed to have Markus Wheaton open, but overthrew the speedy wideout.

Yes, Glennon successfully led a scoring drive inside the two-minute warning, finding Kendall Wright for a pretty five-yard touchdown in the back corner of the end zone.

But Glennon is supposed to excel in operating the Bears offense. He didn’t do that well beyond the botched snap — the Bears had to burn a timeout late in the first quarter when the offense couldn’t get lined up correctly. Those are the kind of errors that may be expected if Mitch Trubisky were in the game, not Glennon.

The Bears now have 10 days to evaluate if Glennon should still be their quarterback before welcoming the Minnesota Vikings to Soldier Field for Monday Night Football Oct. 9. The tape isn’t pretty for Glennon. But has Trubisky done enough behind the scenes to warrant supplanting Glennon as the starting quarterback? Or, even if he hasn’t, does the coaching staff pull the rip cord and play him anyway because they can’t trust Glennon anymore and need to win games to keep their jobs?

The Bears are 1-3 and, outside of a fourth quarter spurt in Week 1, haven’t had good quarterback play this year. Will that change when the calendar flips to October, and will it be because Trubisky is the starter?

Stay tuned.

A mixed bag on defense

Green Bay scythed through the Bears’ defense on its first possession, making its 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive look easy. After Glennon’s fumble, the Packers needed two plays to get the three yards necessary to make the score 14-0. But on their next 13 plays, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense only gained 18 yards.

That, seemingly, gave the Bears’ offense an opportunity to get back into the game. It didn’t happen, and then after Glennon and Whitehair botched that snap, Rodgers escaped pressure and fired one of his signature heaves to Jordy Nelson, a 58-yard gain that set up Aaron Jones’ two-yard touchdown.

But facing a Packers offense missing its two starting tackles and, as the game went on, running backs Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams, the Bears defense didn’t do enough. As the game went on, Rodgers was easily able to pick this group apart, leading to such a lopsided scoreline.

And Danny Trevathan’s brutal, unnecessary hit on Davante Adams — leading straight into Adams’ helmet with his helmet — in the third quarter put a stain on the rest of the game. It was surprising Trevathan wasn’t ejected for that hit, and he’ll likely receive a fine (if not more) for it from the league.

Kyle Fuller believes he's a Top 5 cornerback in the NFL

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Kyle Fuller believes he's a Top 5 cornerback in the NFL

Kyle Fuller caused a bit of a panic late Friday afternoon when a report dropped that he signed an offer sheet with the Green Bay Packers. For a few hours, the prospect — even if it was always unlikely — of the Bears losing their best cornerback to their arch rivals to the north loomed over Chicago. 

For Fuller, though, he said he barely had time to think about the possibility of cashing in on his breakout 2017 season with the Packers. The Bears quickly matched the offer sheet, officially announcing the four-year deal Tuesday that makes Fuller one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. 

“It was crazy not really knowing what to expect,” Fuller said. “I would have never expected it. But when (the Packers’ offer sheet) came, it was definitely something to consider, just on the business side of it. At the end of the day, how it all played out, I’m definitely happy.”

Fuller sounded like someone who took a more passive role to his quasi-restricted free agency that was set about when the Bears placed the transition tag on him, allowing them to match any offer sheet that he were to sign. Fuller said he didn’t know all the details of what was going on with offer sheets coming in and negotiations with the Bears.

“I kinda was just getting the information from (my agents) and going with the flow of everything and knowing that at the end of the day it would end up working out,” Fuller said. 

The $14 million average annual value of Fuller’s contract ranks fifth among cornerbacks, behind only Washington’s Josh Norman ($15 million), New York’s Trumaine Johnson ($14.5 million) Minnesota’s Xavier Rhodes ($14.02 million) and Arizona’s Patrick Peterson ($14.01 million), according to Spotrac. 

Fuller said he considers himself a top-five cornerback in the league, and he played like someone who could wind up in that discussion in 2017. The 2014 first-round pick was one of four players to break up 20 or more passes last year, and he picked off two passes in December while providing excellent support against the run. 

“We could not be happier to have Kyle under contract for four more years,” general manager Ryan Pace said. “We feel he is an ascending player on our top 10 defense and we look forward to him having many more productive seasons here in Chicago.”

That's right, Chicago. John Fox is coming to a studio near you


That's right, Chicago. John Fox is coming to a studio near you

So apparently John Fox is getting bored.

The former Bears head coach who led the team to three consecutive last-place seasons from 2015-17 just signed with ESPN as a NFL studio analyst.

He’ll be getting paid to dish out insider information on players and what’s happening on the field — details that frustrated Bears fans could not get out of the often elusive Fox

This is great news if you had a void in your heart that only John Fox quotes could fill — especially in case his “We don’t know exactly what we’re doing” and "Sometimes it's hard to measure what's behind the left nipple"  hot takes weren’t cutting it anymore

But more importantly, Fox’s new position brings up a new burning question: What ex-Bear will be a better analyst?

What will the Fox say? Will he be able to muster more than 10 words out of Jay? The NFL season needs to get here sooner.