John Fox: Mike Glennon gave his all, it just didn’t go well

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Bears coach John Fox is defending Mike Glennon, the quarterback he benched this week, as a hard worker who put in all the effort asked of him.

Fox said today that Glennon deserves to be appreciated for the work he put in over the last six months.

“Mike gave us everything he had. He prepared hard. Just after four games, it didn’t go quite as well as everybody wanted,” Fox said of Glennon.

But that raises the question: If Glennon gave his best, and his best wasn’t good enough, why did the Bears sign him to a three-year, $45 million contract with $18.5 million guaranteed? The honest answer is that the Bears made a huge mistake in their evaluation of Glennon, thinking he was good enough to start when the reality is, he isn’t.

The Bears don’t want to admit that, but that’s the bottom line: Signing Glennon was a mistake, and when the Bears inevitably cut bait on him this offseason, it’s a mistake that will have cost them $18.5 million.

47 responses to “John Fox: Mike Glennon gave his all, it just didn’t go well

  1. If Mitch works out isn’t there the possibility they re-negotiate Glennon’s contract to be the back-up? Unless they have another plan, that is one way to go. Maybe not the right way, but at least he would already know the play book.

  2. I’m a bucs fan…not a bears fan by any means. He has no one to throw to. I feel bad for the kid, set up for failure. Now what? Hope Fox don’t destroy the confidence of a rookie to try and save his job.

  3. $18.5 million to pay a starting QB for a year’s service? Could have been worse, Bears likely to get out of this relatively cheaply.

  4. Obviously it was a mistake but I think it was worth the risk. The bears had plenty of cap space and after this year there is almost no guarantees left in his deal. Best case scenario you got a franchise QB at a discount worst case scernio you wasted 1 years cap space with no long term repercussions. It’s not like they signed a middle of the road QB like cutler to a 100 million dollar deal.. again…

  5. The Bears had better find some receivers. Right now they have no one who catch the freaking football. Joe Montana in his prime couldn’t win with the receivers that Chicago has at the moment.

  6. @nfloracle

    This is Daks second year and it’s not going as well as the first. Teams know him better now. Watson has started one game.

    Not a real good comparison

  7. John Fox isn’t good at coaching QBs let alone rookie QBs. I love Trubisky and think he can really play in this league, but the QB is only as good as their coach and Fox is on his way out after this season.

  8. He’s not a great QB, but the guy has unquestionably had some bad luck. Rated a top 5 prospect out of high school he ends up playing behind Russell Wilson in college and only gets 2 years of real starting experience at that level. Then he has a very brief stint on a bad Bucs team coached by Schiano before being replaced by Winston, and now goes to Chicago who decided rather than drafting someone who can catch the ball they will trade four picks to move up one spot to draft another guy who can throw it. That’s not to excuse the poor play, but Glennon has to be thinking “what next?”

  9. The same could be said about plenty of NFL quarterbacks … “good enough to start when the reality is, he isn’t” .

  10. It sounds like he’s pointing out some of the big mistakes in personnel that have been made over the last three summers. Whatever you think of Fox, Pace is responsible for personnel and he’s been wrong more often than he’s been right.

  11. trade him and a draft pick to the Brownies…so they can release him so he can sign up to be Tampas back up…lol…NFL GM’s aren’t near as smart as they think they are…NFL owners…ring me!

  12. With this type of logic, the Bears should have simply re-signed Hoyer while they were planning to take Mitch. At least he would have already been in the system/have a rapport with the receivers and ultimately would have executed the same run-first mentality offense they were planning on.

  13. When Mitch has PTSD after being beaten to a pulp by the Vikings, will Fox care? Probably not because he won’t be there next year. Throwing crap at a wall and hope it saves his coaching gig.

  14. .
    If good QBs, like Brady and Rogers, make their WRs look good, then the Bears WRs, Flotsam and Jetsam, will make Chicago’s QBs seem suspect.

  15. Josh MCcown or Brian Hoyer would have been better than this TREE of a qb. No motion at all. He’s sometimes clueless too. What a bad fit in Chicago. I mean he wasn’t even a fit at all.

  16. Glennon got paid. He was a FA and the market for QBs is generally always a bit over the top.

    I don’t see why anybody would pay him that kind of $$ when he was good enough, uh, for the Bucs to draft Winston. You sign a QB for big money and think he will play up to that level–it rarely works out.

    I know the Bears don’t have good receivers, but when he fumbles the snap or throws it up for grabs under pressure, thats not on the receivers.

    And Jets almost signed him!

  17. It was a stupid evaluation and signing then.. and stupider still. The Bears bidded against themselves. Absolutely nobody saw Glennon as a starting QB. Tampa saw enough to run out and draft Winston. I’m still asking what team they were bidding against. You give a career backup who’s had little to no success 18.5 mill? I congratulate Glennon on running to that BIC pen and signing as fast as he did.

  18. What I don’t understand is the combination of signing Glennon and giving up all the picks for Trubisky. Did they have a plan?? Was this it?

  19. fthrvic says:
    October 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm
    $18.5 million to pay a starting QB for a year’s service? Could have been worse, Bears likely to get out of this relatively cheaply.


    He may never see the playing field again, in a Bear’s uniform. If that’s the case they paid him $18.5M to play 4 games, which works out to $4.625M per TD or $4.625M per game. When cut next year, they’ll still owe him $4.5M in 2018 and $1M in 2019. There’s a reason why the Bears were the only team bidding against themselves for Glennon’s services. I just can’t believe it took that much money to sign him, when nobody else was really interested.

  20. Don’t feel sorry for Glennon- he’s set for life financially. And not to defend Fox, but he’s a defensive-minded coach. Now, Ryan Pace the GM on the other hand is the one responsible for paying Glennon and letting the wide receiver position wither away into nothing. I have to think his seat is getting warmer. Trubisky is his only hope at saving face.

  21. The Bears have a crap offensive line and no receivers… nothing will change with Trubisky . Glennon never had a chance to be successful in that Chicago train wreck.

  22. Ryan Pace has made some good and some bad decisions, like most GM’s. He’s also had terrible luck with Kevin White and other injuries. But remember what he inherited: an old, bad team with little talent. Now the Bears are at least decent at every position except wide receiver (where two starters are out for the year) and among the best in the league at running back and the defensive line. If Trubisky turns out to be good, the future looks bright for the Bears.

  23. Not a Bears fan so I don’t care either way but I didn’t think he looked that bad. He showed he was capable of making most of the throws. Maybe if he had a weapon or two. He certainly looked better than that clown who went from Denver to Houston, back to Denver again.

  24. Bears have some serious front office problems that will always hold them back. Somehow it’s made to look like Fox was somehow involved with any of these quarterback acquisitions- weird.

    Fox isn’t the guy you want long term for your team, but he is very good for teams in the Bears current situation. Players like him, he seems to keep infighting down, and his conservative run style offense is about all you can do with a team with little talent on offense.

  25. To the people commenting on the state of the Bears receivers: Yes, you are correct the talent is sparse. And for some reason the Bears keep running Bellamy out with the offense when he cannot catch the ball. But a Bears beat writer I follow has looked at the All 22 and commented that receivers are getting separation. The biggest problem has been with Glennon. (1) He is slow processing reads; (2) He can’t make the right reads; (3) He has a slow release; (4) He is generally slow, clumsy and uncoordinated.

    The Bears had to scrap bootlegs with him because he can’t move fast enough. Also, he keeps on dropping the ball when the rush is coming–but before he gets hit–because it takes him forever to set and throw.

    The bottom line is that Glennon is completely incapable of running an NFL offense. And the above article has it right that it shows the Bears completely misevaluated Glennon as a QB.

    My biggest frustration is that we knew Glennon was overmatched in the preseason when he kept handing the ball to the Broncos and Cardinals. He was making throws and fumbles that no QB should make. Of course it carried into the regular season where he had two 1st halves with 3 turnovers. But when you make a mistake like the Bears did you have to try and fix it right away. Mark Sanchez would have been a better option to start the season as QB. But the Bears wouldn’t admit their mistake and sent out Glennon (probably because they paid him so much money) and basically sent their players out to be slaughtered. It shouldn’t be surprising that there are rumors the players were pushing for Trubisky. Glennon was an embarrassment to everyone associated with the organization.

  26. But that raises the question: If Glennon gave his best, and his best wasn’t good enough, why did the Bears sign him to a three-year, $45 million contract with $18.5 million guaranteed?


    They did it for the same reason the Texans paid Osweiler big money and the Seahawk paid Flynn big money: not a lot of proven franchise QB talent available during free agency so teams are forced to gamble on guys with relatively small sample sizes of playing time and hope that they have found a diamond in the rough.

  27. I hope Pace did a better job evaluating Trubisky than he did Glennon. If he used the same criteria then the Bears are in trouble….

  28. Since the Qb is the most important position….it would seem to me that a team should be able to protect one or two “developmental quarterbacks” who would not count as a roster position. This qb would be able to work with the coaching staff during the off season. I know this would take rule changes by the players association, but would be beneficial to the players and the teams. Look at the Vikings and Raiders, if they had someone they could bring up with some coaching and experience. Today, the backup qb gets no reps…..because of no time for it.

  29. “If Mitch works out isn’t there the possibility they re-negotiate Glennon’s contract to be the back-up? ”

    Yes but Glennon has zero incentive to do so unless the guaranteed money remains the same or increases. He can be cut right now and walk away set for life, never having to work another day in his life. And if he’s smart with that money neither will his kids or grandkids.

    If I was him I dare them to cut me and laugh all the way to the bank if they did.

  30. “As xbam says, ship him back to Tampa as our backup.”

    Why would Tampa take on his contract? As I said in my other post Glennon has zero reason to renegotiate it. If the Bears want him to he should refuse and tell them they are free to cut him and he walks away with more money than he’s likely to make for the remainder of his NFL career.

    And then Tampa can sign him as the backup for a reasonable price and Glennon keeps laughing all the way to the bank.

  31. He’s part of the protected class in this country so he will get unlimited amounts of chances to stay on a teams active roster and make more money than he’s worth so don’t feel sorry for him guys like him, they always land on their feet, even without talent…….

  32. So many comments complaining about what they paid Glennon:


    1 year, $18.5 guaranteed less $2.5M in offsets. That’s the real contract.

    Let’s break that down to understand why this is not a bad thing financially:

    Yes, Glennon has a $14M cap hit this year. He’s not worth it. But the Bears are among the league leaders at $13M UNDER the salary cap right now. Conclusion: Signing Glennon didn’t prevent them from signing anyone else.

    What about dead cap space next year? IT’S LIKELY $0. Glennon’s contract calls for a $2.5 roster bonus but it has offsets. When he’s cut in the off-season he’ll sign with another team as a backup. Any money he signs for up to $2.5M will go back to the Bears. (Even the worst veteran backups get at least $2 million salary…ie. Mark Sanchez)

    All that’s left is $2M in pro rated signing bonus. But if he’s cut before June 1st (he will be), Bears can apply to 2017 salary cap. And we’ve already established that they have extra cap space this year.

    In other words, the Bears paid Glennon a little extra upfront money to protect themselves from what happened…a total wetting of the bed. Signing Glennon had ZERO impact on signing anyone else this year or in the future. “What he was paid” (as opposed to his poor performance) has ZERO impact on you as a fan.

    If you want to be mad because he’s bad…fine. But the Bears didn’t go all in on Glennon. They structured his contract to give him a starter’s pay this year…then dump him if they didn’t like what they saw. His $14 cap hit is 19th overall for starting QB’s, and the only veteran starting QB’s with lower salaries in the NFL are….wait for it:
    Cutler, Hoyer, and McKown….ALL BEARS LAST YEAR. They knew with 100% certainty that none of those guys are the answer at QB already.

    The Bears do a lot of things wrong, but signing players to bad contracts isn’t one of them.

    And the Bears FA QB choices were Glennon, Hoyer, McCown, or keep Cutler.
    They were done losing with Cutler. McCown and Hoyer are known stopgaps. So the Bears rolled the dice on the ONLY QB with any future potential out there. An guy that Tampa Bay tried desperately to resign and offered to make him the highest paid backup in the league. (They can’t pay him starters money with Jameis Winston)

    I’m thrilled they actually had a decent QB this year.
    – Sign a bridge QB who “might” have some potential as a starter.
    – If he’s bad, structure contract such that you can escape unharmed after 1 year.
    – If he does well, contract allows you to keep him at a low starter price, or trade him
    – Draft a potential franchise QB.
    – Hope your bridge QB can hold the fort until the draft choice is ready.

    Unfortunately, they are just realizing their worst case scenario.

  33. Glennon did a decent job in Tampa on a terrible offensive team with an even less proven coach in Greg Schiano. I somehow value this one quarter of a season less than a full season with that mess hanging over him. If Glennon is incapable of running an NFL offense, the Bears are incapable of fielding one.

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