January 24 2018

3 and out: What went wrong in Bears loss to Bucs?

January 24 2018, 01:44 | Sammy Rose

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Glennon's start against the Buccaneers was his second for the Bears.

Frankly, the Bears could have paid Jay Cutler less money to turn the ball over three times and throw a pick-6 in Tampa.

The football was tucked into Robert McClain's locker stall Sunday afternoon, a prize the Buccaneers cornerback was preparing to take home. Or a charitable gift. In that first half, Tampa Bay showed their high-end potential.

It doesn't, and that's why the Bears need to keep Glennon on the field.

"I don't think in anyway, even not seeing the tape, that you can pin that on the quarterback", says Fox. That's why I pride myself on: "coming back and making a play after that". We talk about it all the time. I was really trying to make a play.

Fantasy Impact This was an abysmal outing by Glennon, all three of his turnovers occurred in the first half.

"I love his growth", Fox said Monday. "I need to move on in my progression and avoid those situations".

Glennon didn't. A bad decision became a colossal mistake. The Bears allowed the Buccaneers to convert four of their six third down attempts in the first half and Tampa Bay picked up three more first downs courtesy of defensive holding calls. Another sloppy Sunday. Another indication that the franchise's efforts to fix the quarterback position are in disarray.

This all comes on the heels of the Bears leading the National Football League in players on injured reserve and starters' games lost to injury last season.

Bellamy had little explanation for that miscue. They do seem to be heading in a more positive direction recently, but their losing ways have already continued during the beginning of the 2017 season. Their first three drives ended with an interception, fumble and interception from Glennon, and the Buccaneers had a blowout win in line before halftime. To suggest that Glennon wasn't in "any way" responsible for the Bears' 29-7 loss to the Buccanneers is disingenuous, especially when you began the press conference referencing your team's four first half turnovers. "I don't know the reason for it".

Through two games this season Glennon has completed 67 percent of his passes while throwing for 514 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Bears dropped their second straight to open the season.

Bears coach John Fox said he didn't give any thought to benching Glennon and replacing with No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky.

The Bears have always been clear that they want the North Carolina product to bide his time before being thrown into action, so it's no surprise that Fox was insistent there would be no change. While part of that could be attributed to Chicago falling behind early, it's fair to note that Cohen and Jordan Howard didn't have much room to run when they did get the ball.

Dickerson covers the Chicago Bears for ESPN's NFL Nation.

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