Hub Arkush’s film review: Injuries and mental errors leave Chicago Bears stuck in the mud
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The tape never lies and the funny thing about rewatching the Bears’ 29-7 loss to the Bucs is when it comes to grading individual players it really wasn’t as bad as the final score suggests.
Don’t worry, I know Bears fans are angry, and when it comes to grades, Mike Glennon, Tarik Cohen, Kendall Wright and Josh Bellamy are all going to get failing grades, but the point of this exercise isn’t to call individual players out, it’s to analyze whether the Bears are getting better, getting worse or stuck in the mud.
Right now, the Bears are clearly stuck in the mud.
When I asked John Fox on Monday why, even if he’s committed to continuing to start Mike Glennon – which, by the way and for whatever it’s worth, I agree with for now – why not get Mitch Trubisky his first NFL experience during garbage time in the fourth quarter?
Fox explained, “Like I remind everybody, we have our starting quarterback is two games as a Bear and the point you’re probably talking about is maybe the fourth quarter of that game, all those things are going to be important for him moving forward too.
“I wish we could play two quarterbacks at once, but I don’t know if that would be our best option.”
Clearly, what Fox is saying is we haven’t seen enough of Glennon yet to know for sure what we have, and when you watch the tape, other than the two awful interceptions, Fox does have a point.
Where the conversation breaks down is we all know Glennon is eventually going to give way to Trubisky, and while it is too soon for that, if we’re talking garbage time for experience it should have more value for Trubisky than Glennon.
Other than the two picks, the rest of Glennon’s performance wasn’t bad, but he did throw the picks as well as fumbling once and the only reasonable grade for that is an F.
The Bears offensive line was a mess in Tampa. Tom Compton is not a natural guard, and when he goes down and Hroniss Grasu comes in at center and Cody Whitehair slides to guard, everything is out of whack.
Then Josh Sitton goes out, Brad Sowell, your swing tackle, has to play guard and now everybody is off including Bobby Massie and Charles Leno, who are overcompensating.
They actually did a decent enough job protecting Glennon most of the time but they couldn’t block the run.
Asked Monday if it was new teammates and injuries mucking up the ground game, Jordan Howard said, “I would definitely just say it’s different.
“We have so many new pieces, but I don’t have any doubts about us putting it all together.”
He may be right, but it won’t happen until they get healthy and Tarik Cohen gets more experience.
Cohen wasn’t bad Week 2, except for that one moment and that one ball he can’t get anywhere near and yet he does.
With mental mistakes and Wright and Bellamy dropping balls all over the place in the second half, the whole offense failed Sunday.
The defense wasn’t awful, particularly against the pass, but it couldn’t get off the field, letting Tampa convert eight of 15 third-down attempts, and no one is making big plays right now.
Rookie safety Eddie Jackson looked a lot more comfortable and instinctive, Kyle Fuller was good but not great again, Eddie Goldman had a pretty good day and Akiem Hicks demanded double-teams most of the time.
Unfortunately, Leonard Floyd appeared to take a step backwards vs. the Bucs, struggling to get off blocks all day, Danny Trevathan is clearly not 100 percent yet, Pernell McPhee is not the player he was before his latest knee woes and losing Nick Kwiatkoski with the pectoral injury really hurt after he got off to a decent start.
Basically, the defense followed a strong outing versus the Falcons by being extremely average, and that’s obviously not close to good enough in this portion of the Bears’ schedule.