Bears, in a no-win situation, are both drama and comedy by their own fault

Mike Glennon's reaction to the Bears' draft reach for Mitchell Trubisky is a reminder of how Chicago GM Ryan Pace has given us must-see TV.

Previously on "Real Draft Rooms of Chicago," Ryan said the gossip that he left John out of the loop when he traded up to draft Mitchell was "so false," and that John was on board "100 percent."

The report on that rift between Ryan Pace and John Fox over Mitchell Trubisky during the NFL Draft was later walked back, and when the general manager and coach spoke publicly, they told a convincing account of how they scouted the quarterback.

But that’s old news. Now, we find out Mike is the one who didn't know about Mitchell, and now that he does, he wonders what he's even doing here.

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That’s Mike Glennon, who is being sold as the capable veteran seat-holder for Trubisky, the Bears’ future franchise cornerstone — less than two months after being given starter’s money, starter’s stability, starter’s hype and, well, the starter’s job.

Of all the questions that immediately leaped to mind when Trubisky’s name was called Thursday night, even those that questioned the wisdom of trading assets to leapfrog the 49ers by one spot, the very first one most blurted out was, “Didn’t they just give Mike Glennon $19 million to be their quarterback?”

Now we know that the central figure in that equation — and at worst the second-most important one in the trade itself — asked the same question at apparently the same time.


As it’s been noted, Fox and Pace worked to preemptively wiggle out of that problem in their post-draft recap to reporters. It’s not the first time coaches and executives have had to address a draft pick’s threat to an incumbent, particularly a veteran incumbent and a surprise draft pick.

It may be the first time it had to be addressed when the incumbent hadn’t even taken a snap for the team, in so much as an OTA, never mind training camp or regular season.

The explanations have been … just that, explanations. They haven’t sounded particularly rational, and they don’t inspire confidence that the 9-23 record of the two years Pace has been in charge is due to improve greatly soon.

The Bears are in a no-win situation, and nobody put them there but themselves.

If only they were lucky enough to inherit a quarterback mess. No, they created this one out of thin air. Spinning it as some kind of iron-sharpens-iron motivational thing … that’s been tried before, with better, more proven players that didn’t show up brand-new within weeks of each other.

And it’s happening with a coach who, after taking two different teams to Super Bowls and after being on board in Chicago for two years, figured to not only be beyond square one, but to not have to be put in charge of a quandary like this. Fox might suddenly find himself nostalgic for the peace and calm of the Jay Cutler days.

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So it’s been a unique relay race of face-saving. General manager, coach, draft pick, returning player … they all had uncomfortable questions to answer or awkward situations to navigate. Heck, Trubisky himself faced boos from fans at the Bulls’ playoff game the night after the draft. Misdirected boos, of course, since he didn’t trade up to draft himself.

For what it’s worth, though, Glennon got booed while throwing out the first pitch at a Cubs game two weeks earlier.

All things considered, Pace is getting off easy while being the one most responsible for the confusion and frustration.

He wrote the script for this drama. He shouldn’t be surprised if all the actors aren’t in love with the roles he gave them.


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