The Bears last road win was Week 16 in Tampa Bay, a 26-21 win. Since then, the Buccaneers have handled the Bears, comfortably, outscoring them 65-17.
Coming into Sunday’s game, the Bears added two more players to the injured reserve list. Linebacker Jerrell Freeman tore his pectoral muscle and wide receiver Kevin White broke his shoulder blade. Myself and many others have never seen a team lose starters like the Bears have over the past year. It’s hard to believe and sad to see.
So the Bears, without five starters, hoped for some sort of a revenge for Mike Glennon against his former team. It turned out to be the exact opposite.
Glennon finished the afternoon with 301 yards on 31-45 passing with 1 TD, 2INT, and a fumble. The fifth year pro was not efficient and his poor decision making put the game out of reach early. Robert McClain’s pick-6 near the end of the second quarter put the game out of reach and people calling for Trubisky. In the end, Glennon has failed to be a consistent playmaker in his first two games and his stupid mistakes are unacceptable.
“I thought he made some good throws,” Fox said. “I thought he hung in there and got hit enough. I don’t think that loss was all about the quarterback.”
And to add on to Glennon’s poor performance, the Bears run game was non-existent. Jordan Howard, who dealt with a shoulder injury all week, had nine carries for seven yards. The Bucs front seven dominated the trenches and it was not even close. The Bucs were also able to contain Tarik Cohen who only had 13 yards and seven carries. Overall, the Bears offense was pitiful and still have no identity.
The future is now. It’s time for the Bears to realize the Glennon experiment is over. John Fox cannot accept mediocrity with his job on the line. Are the Bears really willing to start 0-4? It looks that way with John Fox already naming Glennon the week three starter at home vs. Pittsburgh. There is no way you start Trubisky on the short week at Lambeau Field in week four. Will Fox still be the man in charge when the Bears host the Vikings on October 9th? It’s a very reasonable thought.
The Bears shot themselves in the foot on defense as well on Sunday. On multiple third downs, the Bears forced fourth down, but holding penalties gave the Buccaneers new life. It was a perfect showing of undisciplined football. These mistakes cannot happen throughout the game or the defense will barely see the sideline. Along with the three turnovers on offense, the Bears defense was dead tired even during the first drive after halftime. A positive from the defense today though was a forced fumble by Pernell McPhee recovered by Leonard Floyd, the Bears only takeaway of the game. They have to produce more takeaways but they got started on Sunday and that is a positive…right?
Another unfortunate story-line from Sunday’s game was injuries continue to hurt the Bears. Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, making his first start of the season, left with a pectoral injury in the second quarter. Guards Josh Sittion (ribs) and Tom Compton (hip) exited and did not return. The Bears depth continues to dwindle and the Bears do not have answers.
It was a painful game to watch. The Bears looked lifeless in the first half and ultimately failed to compete. Fox is in year three with the Bears and not much has changed. The Bears have yet to win a road game dating back to last season and are still win-less in the month of September under coach Fox. This cannot be tolerated any longer. The attendance is dropping, the following is slowly fading, and until the Bears start winning, no one is going to want to follow this team.