The Chicago Bears fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24-17 in Week One of the preseason. It was a tale of two halves for the Bears as they looked anemic in the first half, yet the best they’ve looked in years by the second.
It’s hard to analyze too much after one preseason game, but there were clear takeaways. The biggest talking point will be just how good Mitchell Tribusky played and just how bad Mike Glennon looked.
The Chicago Bears are far from a finished team, but there were clear positives and negatives following the Bears Week One game against the Broncos.
Starting quarterback Mike Glennon looked absolutely abysmal during his Bears debut. He completed just two of eight passes for 20 yards and an interception. His interception came in his first past of the game into triple coverage. Broncos corner back Chris Harris ran it back for a touchdown.
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Glennon looked lost all game. He held onto the ball way too long and either under or over threw every pass outside of 14 yard gain to Kendall Wright. He was unable to move the offense, and overall the Bears just looked stuck with Glennon at the helm.
Glennon should still be considered the starter, but this was one of the worst debuts Bears’ fans have seen in a long time. He is going to need to have a big Week Two to earn the trust of the fans as the Bears’ starter.
Mitchell Tribusky on the other hand proved exactly why the Bears used the second overall pick on him. He made throw after throw showing great pose and accuracy. Overall he finished 18/25 for 166 yards and a touchdown.
He proved he can throw on the run and fit balls into tight windows. His crowning moment was his touchdown pass to Victor Cruz to end the first half.
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Tribusky looked like everything and more for the Chicago Bears. Many fans will be clamoring for him to start next week and beyond. However the Bears will likely move Tribusky along slowly, doing their best to not rush their franchise cornerstone.
If nothing else though, after years of poor quarterback play, Tribusky gave reason for hope. He proved that he could be the future of the franchise. He made every throw asked of him and looked like a 10 year vet in his debut. While it may have came against the third string team, it’s hard to complain when someone plays as well as Tribusky did.
It’ll be interesting to see what string Tribusky plays in Week Two. But it’s a bit telling when Tribusky’s 38 yards rushing is more than Glennon’s 20 yards receiving.
While Jordan Howard didn’t see many plays, the Chicago Bears running back unit came to play on Thursday Night. Benny Cunningham, Tarik Cohen and Ka’Deem Carey all showed why they belong on the final roster.
Cunningham rushed seven times for 41 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 5.9 yards and proved to be a bowling ball running through the tackles. Cunningham was expected to be used on Special Teams, but with efforts like this he will certainly gain a role on offense. He broke off the longest play of the game on a 26 yard run.
Cohen got a few carries with the first team offense in this one. Overall he rushed seven times for 39 yards. He broke off an 11 yard rush at the beginning of the game that showed off just how good he can be on offense.
Carey was arguably the best running back on the field for the Bears. Although he rushed just four times for 31 yards, he showed burst breaking off a 16 yard rush. He showed poised and looked like a player who deserves a spot on the 53-man roster.
All three running backs made a name for themselves on Thursday Night. They all look like they’re going to make the roster, which is bad news for veteran Jeremy Langford.
Leonard Floyd & The Defense
The defense looked great all the way until the fourth quarter. They allowed just three points through the first three quarters. The highlight was a sack by Leonard Floyd on the opening drive. He burst off the edge and exploded to sack Trevor Siemian on the first drive.
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Some either highlights came from Jonathan Bullard and Mitch Unrein who both showed burst through the line. While both could’ve wrapped up better on their tackles, they were able to bull rush the line and make plays behind the line of scrimmage.
The secondary allowed just 175 yards through the air and outside of a blown coverage in the fourth quarter that allowed a 47 yard touchdown. The standout player was rookie Eddie Jackson. He made multiple plays and looked like he was shot out of a cannon. He made a case to start with his performance tonight.
The secondary still needs to work on getting turnovers, but they put together a solid performance against the Broncos.
The Chicago Bears looked the best they’ve looked in years in Week One. The offense looked competent during the second half and the defense looked great up until the fourth.
It’ll be interesting to see how much time Tribusky gets in Week Two, but he clearly proved he could be the quarterback of the future.
The biggest weaknesses came from the starting receivers and tight ends. Cameron Meredith dropped a pass and Kevin White wasn’t targeted all game. Both failed to make an impact with either quarterback. They’ll need to get a better repertoire with Glennon/Tribusky as the regular season nears.
Daniel Brown dropped at least three passes while Miller dropped at least two. Both are off on a bad foot as they look to break the roster. Sheehan had a drop of his own but looked to have good chemistry with Tribusky, he is like the Bears tight end of the future.
Overall, it was a solid game on both sides of the ball. Obviously more work has to be done, but even with the loss the Bears, and Mitchell Tribusky, got off to a good start in Week One of the preseason.
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