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Mike Glennon by the numbers: Statistically looking at the Bears' next QB

Mike Glennon by the numbers: Statistically looking at the Bears' next QB

With Mike Glennon officially signed to a three-year contract, here are nine key numbers about the Bears' newest quarterback:
 
79 (Glennon's height in inches): At 6-foot-7, Glennon isn't the tallest quarterback in NFL history, but he's close (former Seattle Seahawks backup Dan McGwire and for-now Cleveland Browns quarterback Brock Osweiler hold that record at 6-foot-8). Glennon is joined by two other active quarterbacks standing at 6-foot-7 or taller in Osweiler and Denver's Paxton Lynch. Lynch remains an unknown after just one year as a backup with the Broncos. Osweiler signed a four-year, $72 million deal last offseason and stunningly was dealt to the Browns on Thursday.
 
84.6 (Glennon's passer rating): He's a tick better than Baltimore's Joe Flacco (84.5), and ahead of the likes of Brad Johnson (82.5) and Boomer Esiason (81.1) in his career. In NFL history, Glennon's 84.6 passer rating ranks 42nd, sandwiched between Brian Hoyer (84.8) and Flacco, Sam Bradford and Kyle Orton (84.5).
 
2.4 (Glennon's interception percentage): If what the Bears wanted in their next quarterback is someone who can protect the ball, Glennon fits in that thinking. Among quarterbacks with at least 600 pass attempts in the last decade, Glennon's interception rate is tied for 18th lowest, while Jay Cutler's 3.25 percent interception rate is the 18th highest. 
 
630 (Glennon's pass attempts): While Glennon has been somewhat effective -- at least by passer rating and interception rate -- he doesn't have an especially large sample size of throws. Hoyer has thrown nearly double the passes Glennon has while Flacco's 4,742 passes are seven and a half times more than Glennon's career total. And it's worth noting that only Glennon has only thrown 11 passes since the end of the 2014 season.
 
59.4 (Glennon's completion percentage): Glennon is tied for 57th among the 81 quarterbacks with at least 600 passing attempts since 2006 in completion percentage. But Glennon didn't have much help in Tampa: ostensible No. 1 target Vincent Jackson tied for fourth in the league with nine drops in 2013, and Murphy dropped six of his 56 targets in 2014, for example.
 
56 (Number of times Glennon was sacked): Despite his career starting in 2013 and only playing in 21 games, Glennon is one of 49 players to be sacked more than 50 times in the last five years. On average, Glennon was sacked 2.67 times per game, and in his rookie year, he was dropped a little more than three times per game. This fits with Glennon not having much help around him -- Football Outsiders ranked Tampa Bay's offensive line 21st and 29th in pass protection in 2013 and 2014.
 
13 (Number of games the Bucs lost in which Glennon started): The other side of this is the Bucs only winning five of Glennon's 18 starts. Both Ryan Pace and John Fox talked up, in reference to the NFL Draft, wanting a quarterback who made everyone around him better. Maybe the talent wasn't there in Tampa Bay, but even going back to his career at N.C. State -- generally a mediocre ACC program -- his teams went 8-5 and 7-6. A year before Glennon took over as the Wolfpack's starter, N.C. State won nine games (its second-best win total in program history) with Russell Wilson as its quarterback. 
 
3 (Number of fourth quarter comebacks with which Glennon which has been credited): That's not many (it's the same number credited to J.P. Losman and JaMarcus Russell, for example), though Glennon's performance also doesn't markedly differ in the fourth quarter than in the first three. His completion percentage is about a percent lower, and 25 of the 56 times he was sacked came in the fourth quarter. But he only threw three fourth quarter interceptions with Tampa Bay, compared to 12 in the first, second and third quarters.
 
23 (The number of quarterbacks who made a higher average annual salary in 2016, according to OverTheCap.com): The reported $45 million owed to Glennon over three years may seem like a steep price for a guy who hasn't started a game since 2014, but in the context of the rest of the league, it makes sense. Glennon will make less in 2017 than Osweiler, Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton and Tyrod Taylor did in 2016. And the $18.5 million guaranteed to Glennon is about half of what Osweiler received from the Texans, who traded a second round pick and a sixth round pick to the Browns along with Osweiler to get out from under his contract (and only received fourth round pick in return). And Glennon’s guaranteed money, like his average annual salary, is on the lower end among quarterbacks, too. 

Tarik Cohen was Bears' best offensive player vs. Rams

Tarik Cohen was Bears' best offensive player vs. Rams

The Chicago Bears offense was uninspiring once again Sunday night in the team's 17-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. While they could've had another six points had kicker Eddy Pineiro connected on two early-game field goals, it still wouldn't have been enough to win the most important game of the season.

After 11 weeks (10 games), the Bears rank 28th in points per game with 16.9. To put their brutal season in perspective, the New York Jets, who've been atrocious this year, are averaging 16.4 points per game.

Essentially, Matt Nagy has coached Chicago's offense as effectively as Adam Gase has coached the Jets'. 

Still, it's worth acknowledging strong individual performances in the midst of an overall letdown, and in Week 11's loss to the Rams, it was running back Tarik Cohen who stood tallest among his Bears' offensive teammates.

Cohen posted Chicago's highest Pro Football Focus grade on offense with a 74.3. He logged 45 snaps, 10 more than David Montgomery, and was effective when he touched the ball. He totaled 74 yards and a touchdown on 14 touches en route to being the Bears' most effective running back against a tough Rams defensive front. Montgomery managed just 31 yards on 14 carries.

Cohen hasn't had the kind of season that was expected from his role as a do-it-all offensive weapon; he's way behind his normal pace of production as both a runner and receiver. Cohen had 99 carries for 444 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 71 catches for 725 yards and five scores in 2018. He's on pace for just 186 rushing yards and 402 receiving yards this season.

Still, Sunday night's effort was a step in the right direction for him and a sign that he may continue to get more touches as the season comes to a close.

Nagy took hard look at his duties as Bears offensive play-caller, opts to retain that role

Nagy took hard look at his duties as Bears offensive play-caller, opts to retain that role

During the Bears’ 17-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, quarterback Mitch Trubisky suffered a hip pointer, an injury that involved monitoring by the coaching and medical staffs from halftime on. Kicker Eddy Pineiro was missing field goals to the point of appearing to affect his coach’s decision-making. The offense was sputtering – again – and the defense, after some early takeaway success, appeared to be sagging emotionally. There were issues at tight end. Aaron Donald had to be accounted for and blocked.

All of which and more was on the head of Matt Nagy, now all of 27 games into being an NFL head coach, and who late in the game needed to stop and have a heart-to-heart, heads-together talk with his quarterback about how he was feeling.

The “and more” on Nagy’s head continues to include calling the individual plays for his bad-and-getting-worse offense.

So Nagy spent a chunk of his morning taking a hard look at whether defenses are on to him, presumably personally as well as schematically. And some of that hard look was whether he indeed should continue being the play-caller in the wake of the offense running 74 plays, netting 7 points and failing to gain 300 total yards for the ninth time in 10 games.

For now, after that look in the mirror, Nagy will remain in control of the play sheet.

“What I would say is this,” he said, acknowledging that if he felt he was the problem, “I’ll be the first to tell you, then we need to be better or if there’s a rhythm to something.

“I have zero ego and I have zero care of giving play-call duties to somebody else. I really do not care about that, and if that’s what we feel like from going through it that that’s what we need to do, then I would do that, I really would.

“But when you go through the tape and you look at things and you know schematically where we’re at and what we’re calling and when we’re calling it…. There’s without a doubt a few plays in that game that I would go back and say, ‘You know what, that’s our fault. We didn’t scheme it right,’ and that starts with me. And I need to be able to accept that and know how do I fix that. But we’ll do everything we can … we’re turning over every stone to get this thing right.”

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