Cardinals release Bethea, sign Foster to 1-year deal
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have released safety Antoine Bethea and quarterback Mike Glennon, and re-signed running back D.J. Foster to a one-year deal.
Takeaways keep coming Cardinals’ way _ 16 in 3 games
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The way first-year coach Steve Wilks sees it, that deluge of turnovers by Arizona opponents — 16 in three games — this preseason is no happenstance.
It's the result, he said, of heavy emphasis in practice.
"I think it's really the standard that we've set," Wilks said Monday. "It's what we emphasize and what we teach and what we preach as coaches, taking the ball away."
Cardinals rookie Rosen a game-time decision for Cowboys game
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals may be without rookie quarterback Josh Rosen when they play at Dallas in a preseason game Sunday night.
Coach Steve Wilks said after Friday's practice that Rosen's participation would be a game-time decision. Rosen slammed his thumb into a helmet during practice early this week.
Wilks said if Rosen doesn't play, Mike Glennon and rookie Charles Kanoff would split time after starter Sam Bradford departs the game.
Cardinals release QBs Doughty, Torgersen
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have released Brandon Doughty and Alek Torgersen, two quarterbacks they claimed off waivers a month ago.
The drafting of Josh Rosen and signing of Princeton's Chad Kanoff as an undrafted rookie free agent leaves the team with enough quarterbacks to get through the three-day rookie minicamp that starts Friday. The Cardinals also have veterans Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — It's a new world for the Arizona Cardinals — a new head coach, new offense, new coordinators and an old problem.
The team still needs a long-term solution at quarterback.
When the Cardinals hired Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks to replace the retired coach Bruce Arians, there was nary a quarterback on the roster.
General manager Steve Keim addressed that issue short term by signing Sam Bradford to start and Mike Glennon as the backup.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have been awarded waiver claims on quarterbacks Brad Doughty from the Miami Dolphins and Alek Torgersen from the Detroit Lions.
Neither has thrown a pass in the NFL.
Doughty was a seventh-round pick of the Dolphins out of Western Kentucky in 2016 and spent the last two seasons on the Miami practice squad. Torgersen was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Penn last year and spent the season on the Washington and Detroit practice squads.
Here are five general observations from Arthur Arkush about the start of a frenzied free-agent period:
Cardinals look to shore up QB spot in free agency
PHOENIX (AP) — With a quarterback or two finally on the way, the Arizona Cardinals were acting quickly to shore up their lineup with some early free agency moves.
A person familiar with the situation said quarterback Sam Bradford had agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $20 million, with a second year at the club's option. The person requested anonymity because the signing had not been announced.
Bears plan to cut QB Mike Glennon one year after big free-agent deal
The Chicago Bears signed coveted free-agent quarterback Mike Glennon last season to a three-year, $45 million deal.
One year later, Glennon is out of the picture.
The Bears plan to release Glennon when the new season begins, the team announced.
CHICAGO — In many if not most situations, expectations are impossible to exceed.
Bears rely on run game while bringing Trubisky along slowly
The Chicago Bears are leaning heavily on their running game while bringing along rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky slowly.
Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft, attempted 41 passes in two games since taking over for Mike Glennon at quarterback. He threw 16 passes at Baltimore, while the Bears ran 54 times for 231 yards. Jordan Howard finished with a career-high 167 yards and is fourth in the league in rushing.
Bears have problems beyond the quarterback position
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen had some words of advice for fellow rookie Mitchell Trubisky, who makes his first NFL start Monday against the Minnesota Vikings.
"I told him I don't feel like he needs to be a superhero," Cohen said. "We're in this together as a team and we're going to be supporting."
The trouble is, the Bears haven't been very supportive overall so far when veteran Mike Glennon started at quarterback, and it's resulted in a 1-3 record.
For Bears, Trubisky Time starts against banged-up Vikings
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are set to unveil their prized rookie quarterback. The Minnesota Vikings are staggering from yet another big hit.
No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky hopes to spark a stagnant offense and help set the Bears on a winning course when they meet the injury-riddled Vikings on Monday night.
Bears rookie Mitchell Trubisky ready to take starting role
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky thinks he can handle the pressure of his first NFL start Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.
"You only get nervous or feel pressure when you're not prepared for the situation or where you don't know what you're doing," Trubisky said.
The Bears went into training camp insisting Mike Glennon was their starting quarterback, but a 1-3 record and eight turnovers led to a reversal.
Hub Arkush: Glennon’s poor play left Bears with no choice but to start Trubisky
CHICAGO – Sometimes I feel like the only guy in Chicago with no dog in this race.
I honestly don’t care who starts at quarterback for the Chicago Bears as long as he gives his team, teammates and fans the best chance to win.
Bears rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky to debut vs. Vikings
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears are going to give prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky a try.
The No. 2 overall draft pick from North Carolina will start against the Minnesota Vikings next Monday night after Mike Glennon struggled in the first four games. The team announced the move Monday.
Oklahoma State has fired Lamont Evans for cause after the top assistant to new coach Mike Boynton was ensnared in the federal investigation of basketball recruiting at seven universities. Evans is accused of accepting $2,000 a month in bribes to funnel athletes to certain agents, including "one and done" players that are talented enough to jump to the NBA after one season. Evans had been suspended by the university and surrendered to federal marshals early Wednesday.
Bears mull over quarterback change during weekend away
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — If there is a change coming at starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears, it will be after a weekend away from football.
A day after Thursday's 35-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers, coach John Fox called it too early to make announcements on removing starting quarterback Mike Glennon in favor of rookie Mitchell Trubisky or veteran Mark Sanchez.
Packers: Tom Oates says Green Bay makes the grade against Bears
Packers persevere through more injuries, beat Bears 35-14
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Two more key players hurt. A starting cornerback benched. The Green Bay Packers even had to weather a lightning storm delay.
But they just keep finding ways to win.
Aaron Rodgers threw four short touchdown passes, and the injury-riddled Packers converted three of Bears quarterback Mike Glennon's four turnovers into scores in an eventful 35-14 victory over mistake-prone Chicago on Thursday night.
Mistakes, pressure mount for Bears and QB Mike Glennon
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Quarterback Mike Glennon lost the handle on the football on his first play from scrimmage for the Chicago Bears.
It may be just a matter of time before he loses his starting job.
Glennon had two fumbles and two interceptions, and the mistake-prone Bears couldn't recover from their quarterback's awful start in a 35-14 loss on Thursday night to the Green Bay Packers.
Injury-riddled Packers beat mistake-prone Bears 35-14
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers keep finding ways to win despite more key injuries.
The Chicago Bears never recovered from a miserable start by quarterback Mike Glennon.
Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, and the injury-riddled Packers converted three turnovers into scores in an eventful 35-14 victory over the mistake-prone Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
When a player is drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, many fans believe that he is supposed to have an instant impact.
Bears turn receivers to blockers to accent running attack
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Wide receivers are beginning to take on more of a role as blockers than pass catchers for the Chicago Bears.
For the Bears, it's a case of making do with what they have.
In Sunday's 23-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Glennon targeted wide receivers only four times in his 21 attempts and completed one 9-yard pass to Deion Thompson.
Bears’ Glennon tries to shake off rough outing, QB debate
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — With mounting calls for a quarterback change, Mike Glennon insisted he is only focused on one thing as the Chicago Bears prepare for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
That would be improving on last week's performance. To that end, there is plenty of room to get better.
Glennon will try to bounce back from a rough outing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when the Bears host the Steelers on Sunday.
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.
Fox says Bears sticking with Glennon as starting quarterback
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Mike Glennon remains the Chicago Bears' starting quarterback. The wait for No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky continues.
Coach John Fox said the Bears won't be changing quarterbacks for their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend despite a rough outing by Glennon in his return to Tampa Bay as Chicago fell to 0-2.
Glennon says he doesn’t fear losing Bears starting QB job
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mike Glennon isn't looking over his shoulder at Mitchell Trubisky.
The Chicago quarterback said after Sunday's 29-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that he doesn't feel he's on the verge of losing his starting job to the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft.
"There's been no communication of that, so there is no reason to worry," said Glennon, who was coming off a solid, if not spectacular performance in the Bears' 23-17 season-opening loss to defending NFC champion Atlanta.
Winston, Buccaneers’ defense shine in 29-7 rout of Bears
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — So much for the notion that a Hurricane Irma-imposed layoff might hinder the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Chicago Bears.
Jameis Winston and Co. played like a team with heightened expectations in winning their season opener 29-7 on Sunday. They also looked confident, fully capable of ending a long playoff drought.
If Chicago Bears are better, defense is the difference
CHICAGO — In the newspaper business we call it burying the lede, and it occurs to me the media covering the Chicago Bears this past week have been doing a lot of it.
A Tampa homecoming for Bears quarterback Mike Glennon
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — After a last-second loss to Atlanta in his Chicago Bears debut, quarterback Mike Glennon is more concerned with winning than making a point to friends.
Glennon has a chance to do both Sunday against his former team when the Bears play at Tampa against the Bucs.
"To get back to 1-1 is the ultimate goal," Glennon said. "It doesn't really come down to showing them anything. I just want to have a winning performance and help our team get back to 1-1."
Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears much better in Week 1 loss than at any time during John Fox regime
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Why do coaches and front office folks spend so much time on tape?
Happier ending: Atlanta Falcons get just enough stops to close out Bears, turn page from Super Bowl LI
CHICAGO — The Falcons prepared all offseason for it.
What would they do with their first fourth quarter lead, after 28-3 devolved into 38-34 — the most stunning defeat in Super Bowl history.
Falcons need more offense; Bears need to finish games
CHICAGO (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons made just enough big plays to avoid another late collapse. The Bears couldn't get the big play they needed.
Matt Ryan threw an 88-yard touchdown to a wide-open Austin Hooper in the fourth quarter, Brooks Reed sacked Mike Glennon in the closing seconds and the NFC champions hung on to beat the Chicago Bears 23-17 on Sunday.
Glennon comes up just short in Bears debut
CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Glennon got one last chance, and he almost pulled it off. The Chicago Bears drove to the Atlanta 5 on their final possession, but they came up empty in the final seconds.
Mitchell Trubisky never played. There was never any reason to put him on the field.
Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears must start street fight, not track meet, to upset Falcons
CHICAGO — Can the Chicago Bears beat the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at Soldier Field?
What were the odds on Kansas City knocking off the Patriots Thursday night in Foxboro?
Mitchell Trubisky feels prepared to take on backup duties.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Regardless of rookie Mitchell Trubisky's inexperience, Chicago Bears coach John Fox has full confidence his backup quarterback can play effectively for starter Mike Glennon if needed Sunday in the opener against the Atlanta Falcons.
Chicago – Even on a day when he shouldn’t have been, Mitch Trubisky was the story at Halas Hall on Wednesday, briefly.
When coach John Fox met the media before practice and made it official that Trubisky is now the Bears No. 2 quarterback, everybody had questions.
Trubisky to open season as Bears’ No. 2 quarterback
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky will open the season as the Chicago Bears' No. 2 quarterback.
Coach John Fox said Trubisky will back up Mike Glennon when the Bears host the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
The Bears had said they would treat this as sort of a redshirt season with Trubisky behind Glennon and veteran Mark Sanchez.
Bears Preview Capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (3-13)
New faces: QB Mike Glennon, QB Mitchell Trubisky, QB Mark Sanchez, WR Markus Wheaton, TE Dion Sims, CB Prince Amukamara, CB Marcus Cooper, S Quintin Demps.
Key losses: QB Jay Cutler, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Eddie Royal, CB Tracy Porter.
Buccaneers Preview Capsule
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (9-7)
New Faces: WR DeSean Jackson, DE Chris Baker, TE O.J. Howard, S Justin Evans, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, K Nick Folk, WR Chris Godwin, S J.J. Wilcox.
Key Losses: QB Mike Glennon, WR Russell Shepard, LB Daryl Smith, CB Alterraun Verner, S Bradley McDougald.
Strengths: Bucs go as Jameis Winston goes. With additional playmakers — Jackson, Howard, Godwin — around young QB, coach Dirk Koetter is counting on offense being more explosive.
Trubisky gets few chances as Bears fall to Browns 25-0
CHICAGO (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky got an opportunity to start. And he got little chance to show what he can do.
Chicago's prized rookie completed just two passes, and the Bears closed out the preseason with a 25-0 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
Hub Arkush: Of course Chicago Bears top pick Trubisky should play vs. Browns
So now you don’t want Mitch Trubisky to play?
Former Gamecock QB Connor Shaw has last preseason audition Thursday night
The NFL is a business, and Connor Shaw knows the odds facing him are much less than ideal.
Bears search for receivers after Cameron Meredith’s injury
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The issue of who is throwing the passes has become secondary for the Chicago Bears to who is catching them.
When wide receiver Cameron Meredith suffered a season-ending torn left anterior cruciate ligament against Tennessee on Sunday, the Bears suddenly had a receiver problem only two weeks before the start of the season.
"You feel bad for Cam," coach John Fox said. "He's well-liked, a good teammate, obviously we'll miss him.
Glennon helps himself with TD as Bears beat Titans 19-7
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chicago coach John Fox thinks having a whole week to prepare for an opponent helped Mike Glennon turn in a strong performance for the Bears.
How much Glennon helped himself to the Bears' starting quarterback job remains to be seen.
Glennon capped an opening 96-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Dion Sims as the Bears beat the Tennessee Titans 19-7 Sunday in the third preseason game.
Bears to give Mitchell Trubisky playing time with starters
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Whether it's part of the Chicago Bears' grand plan or the result of dramatic improvement, rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's development has accelerated.
Trubisky took snaps with the Bears' first string in practice Wednesday and coach John Fox said the second pick of the 2017 draft will play with the starters to begin the second half of Sunday's third preseason game.