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How Mike Glennon is keeping perspective after being benched for Mitchell Trubisky

How Mike Glennon is keeping perspective after being benched for Mitchell Trubisky

Mike Glennon had a fair chance to hang on to his job as starting quarterback for the Bears. If he plays better in his four regular season — and three preseason — games and doesn’t turn the ball over as much as he did, he’d be the one preparing for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.

But that’s not how things played out. Mitchell Trubisky will be the Bears’ starter, and Glennon — the highest-paid player on the team — will fade into a backup role. It’s not the job he envisioned when he signed with the Bears back in March, but he’s not running from it, either.

“I think you always try to have perspective on things,” Glennon said. “Obviously not what I wanted, not what I had hoped for, not what I envisioned. But you look around the country, the world, and you see what’s going on, and that kind of brings perspective back into things. I think I always try to (have) that perspective on just the grand scheme of life, even in disappointing times.”

Added Glennon: “I’ll embrace the role I have right now.”

Credit Glennon for keeping that perspective in the face of what, on the surface, seemed like a potentially untenable situation. It was only a few months ago that Glennon repeated some version of “this is my year” over and over while meeting with the media for the first time since Trubisky was drafted. It’s been about a month since he was named a 2017 captain by his teammates. He looked at this season as his chance to solidify himself as an NFL starting quarterback. That opportunity’s now gone after four games.

[MORE: Why recent history isn't on Mitchell Trubisky's side for his debut next week]

But while Glennon understands why he was benched — “didn’t protect the ball,” he said — he didn’t sound like someone ready to give up on the Bears.

“Obviously, not what I wanted, not what I hoped for, but I still have a big role on this team,” Glennon said. “I’m still a captain of this football team. I’m going to handle it like a pro.”

Why Mitchell Trubisky isn’t feeling pressure as his era begins with Bears

Why Mitchell Trubisky isn’t feeling pressure as his era begins with Bears

Mitchell Trubisky’s high school quarterbacks coach, Nes Janiak, offered some wisdom a few years back that’s stuck with the newly-named Bears starting quarterback: Pressure is what happens when you’re not prepared for something.

So going into Trubisky’s first career start, in front of a primetime Monday Night Football audience next week, he’s not expecting the moment will be too big for him.

“You only get nervous or feel pressure when you’re not prepared for the situation or you don’t know what you’re doing,” Trubisky said. “So my job is to just study the game plan and once I get in there just go back to my instincts, play the game I know how to play. I’ve been playing this game for a long time, so I’m going to go in there and be myself and the pressure shouldn’t be anything what everyone else makes it out to be. So I’ll just go out there and try to have fun.”

That’s a fresh approach for a player who will make his NFL debut with the weight of the Bears’ franchise on his shoulders. This organization hasn’t had a quarterback like Trubisky in a while, maybe ever. The long-term expectations for him are lofty, but that’s why the Bears traded up to draft him with the No. 2 overall pick in April.

For the 2017 Bears, though, the switch from Mike Glennon to Trubisky represents an opportunity for the entire offense to hit the reset button after four mostly sloppy games to begin the season. Beyond Glennon’s eight turnovers, the Bears offense seemed restrained with him at quarterback — he wasn’t mobile and wasn’t able to push the ball downfield, allowing opposing defenses (except, oddly, the Pittsburgh Steelers) to load up the box and sell out to stop running back Jordan Howard.

“Opportunity,” wide receiver Markus Wheaton said of what Trubisky brings to the offense. “With him being mobile, obviously there will be a lot of scramble plays, a lot more scramble plays than we had with Mike. More opportunity for us to get open.”

Trubisky said the Bears’ offense will be more basic than it was under Glennon, which hardly sounds like a bad thing. “Basic” will involve moving the pocket and allowing Trubisky to throw on the run, which could in turn prevent defenses from crowding eight men in the box to stop the run game. Either way, “basic” should look more dynamic than what the Bears’ offense was in September.

“It’s kind of a gunslinger’s mentality,” Trubisky said. “It’s being methodical, staying within the offense, being consistent and doing my job. And then when things break down, I’m able to make plays and again get the ball to my playmakers, because I’m not the best athlete on the field. There are other guys who do that. But when things can break down I can maybe make something happen.”

This is an exciting time not only for fans, but for players, coaches, front office personnel and the entire Bears organization. The future of the franchise is getting his first crack at changing the franchise. Let the Mitchell Trubisky era begin.

“He’s a baller,” wide receiver Josh Bellamy said. “We can’t wait to see him Monday.”

John Fox speaks for first time since Mitch Trubisky named starter

John Fox speaks for first time since Mitch Trubisky named starter

Speaking for the first time since news broke that Mitch Trubisky will start Week 5, John Fox gave a simple reason for why the Bears needed to make a quarterback swap. 

"We had 10 giveaways in the first four weeks of the season, and you can't win football games that way," Fox said to Jeff Joniak on WBBM Newsradio Monday evening. 

The one-win Bears can attest to that. 

Through one quarter of the 2017 season, the team's giveaway-takeaway differential of minus-7 ranks dead last in the NFL. Two of the team's three losses were never even in question, thanks to haunting turnovers. 

Mike Glennon, who has thrown five picks and lost three fumbles, took the brunt of the blame for the offensive woes. Fox said he informed the two QBs of his decision last night and likes Trubisky's intangibles as well as his mobility: 

The goal in making the switch after only four games? To get out of their own way. 

"The biggest thing we learned is that a lot of the wounds we received have been self-inflicted," Fox said. 

"I think we lead the league in being behind the sticks."

Injecting Mitch Trubisky into the starting role won't necessarily be a panacea, but Fox seems confident that the rookie is ready to step in.

Get ready, Mitch-a-palooza is only one week away.