Glennon will go down as a misjudgment by Bears management, an $18.5 million investment for a four-game placeholder, barring an injury to Trubisky. The top pick is the starter now, and there’s no looking back. The easy take is to say that the Bears should have just done everything in their power to make sure they traded up for Trubisky in the first place, without having to pay Glennon unnecessarily.
That financial error likely won’t hurt the team dramatically in the long haul. And what these next three months really are about: setting the table for the future.
“For a first outing, I thought he was really good,” head coach John Fox said. “I know his teammates feel the same way. He’ll just get better with time.”
Fox called a fairly gutsy game Monday that few could have expected coming in, calling for a fake punt late in the third quarter, appearing to want to go for it in a similar situation earlier in the game and green-lighting a two-point play that was as exciting a new wrinkle as the Bears have shown offensively in some time.
The early, scripted portion of the offensive game plan for Trubisky also bore some new fruit, even if the Vikings adjusted and took away the outside stuff. All of that showed some real trust in Trubisky in his debut by Fox and his staff, even as the special teams and defense (Pat O’Donnell’s TD pass and a Leonard Floyd safety) outscored Trubisky (a tipped-ball TD pass and that two-point gem) nine points to eight.
“I think our guys feel it,” Fox said of Trubisky. “They feel his presence.”