The Chicago Bears weren't expected to be very good this year, but at 1-3 through four weeks, they've been particularly bad.
Starting quarterback Mike Glennon struggled mightily in a 35-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night, turning the ball over several times while his team was blown out by its rivals.
That wouldn't be such a big deal normally, but the Bears traded up to the No. 2 spot in the 2017 NFL Draft to select Mitchell Trubisky, who is seemingly their quarterback of the future.
But, should Trubisky be the quarterback of the present, too? On Friday, Chicago coach John Fox admitted that the Bears could make a quarterback change in the near future if Glennon doesn't start performing better (via ESPN.com):
"I'm not really trying to be clear [about whether Glennon is still our starter]," Fox said. "Actually, quite the opposite. But we're evaluating every day."
Many fans have been calling for Trubisky to start for weeks now, but Fox has made it clear he won't put the rookie out there until he's sure he's ready.
With another important game coming up next Sunday, Fox said the quarterback position might not be the only one that gets changed. He said every position would be looked at and evaluated during the coming week:
"We need to make a lot of changes," Fox said after the game. "We will evaluate everything, and we've got a lot of work to do before we line up against Minnesota. We are going to look at everything."
Again, the Bears weren't supposed to do much this year, so the fact that they even have one win (an overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers) is pretty surprising. Still, Fox is coaching for his job, so he wants to win.
Though Glennon signed a $16 million contract this offseason, Fox added that he doesn't think he'll let the money situation work its way into his eventual decision on a starter:
"I don't think so," Fox said. "I go way back to when I came in the league. We weren't even allowed to know what a guy made because we didn't want that to influence the decision. I'm just kind of old school that way. I just like to evaluate people based on performance."
Perhaps the worst thing for the Bears would be to have Trubisky come in and struggle. It will be important for them to bring him along slowly in what is sure to be a lost season. However, it's probably time to at least start getting him some in-game action.