Winning Ugly

On a day when the football world was standing against a belligerent tyrant, the Bears stared down perhaps their greatest nemesis:  Themselves.  There are fewer teams in the NFL more prone to getting in their own way than the Chicago Bears, and recent history has painted an ugly portrait of a team that rarely plays winning football.

The lull prior to Sunday’s win was easily apparent.  Many fans, myself included, had already written this one off as a loss.  The lack of interest in seeing Mike Glennon haplessly pilot the Goodship Bears to the Port of Disappointment keeps the hatred simmering on social media, but to the surprise of many, including the Steelers, the Bears came to play.

Everybody but Mike Glennon, at least.

Let’s give props straightaway to those who deserve it:

  • Jordan Howard & Tarik Cohen, aka Thunder & Lightning, shredded the Steelers late in the game after spending 3.5 quarters grinding their defense to dust.
  • The offensive line, in particular Kyle Long & Cody Whitehair, for superb run blocking and adapting seamlessly when Grasu got injured.
  • Kyle Fuller & even Marcus Cooper, braindead play and all, played inspiring defense and should’ve had a couple picks.
  • Sherrick McManus was a special teams nightmare for the Steelers.
  • Adam Shaheen for catching his first NFL touchdown.
  • The Bears down 7 for stifling the Steeler run game and forcing Roethlisberger to make tough throws.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get back to the overall point:  Mike Glennon is absolutely awful at NFL football, and I can’t deal with how noseblind/flippant the Bears coaches are regarding this hapless dope.

Glennon vs Steelers:

  • 15/22 101 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • Completed 1/4 passes over 10 yards (through the air)
  • Attempted no passes over 10 yards in second half
  • Had one interception dropped
  • Sacked twice for -17 yards
  • 6 pass completions didn’t go beyond line of scrimmage
  • And there’s this fun factoid:

  • Attempted only 2 passes over 20 yards this season – fewest in the NFL
  • 5.51 air yards per attempt in 2017, 2nd lowest in the NFL (Flacco is lowest, and he was pulled on Sunday)

Sounds like mediocrity trending towards outright terrible, yeah?  Well you and I don’t know anything about football or good quarterback play, apparently.



*SIGH*  Whatever.  It’s Packers/Bears on Thursday night, and all signs point to Glennon getting the start.  My take:

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