Analysis

Four Downs: Trubisky Impresses, Glennon Fumbles, First/Second Team Defense Stands Tall, Cohen Backs Up Praise

The Chicago Bears opened up the preseason against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. It was an interesting to game, to say the least. In the end, the Broncos won the game 24-17, but it wasn’t all bad.

1st Down: Glennon Not Good

Mike Glennon‘s first action in a Bears uniform could have gone better, actually a lot better. His second throw of his Bears career was picked off and taken back for a touchdown.

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Things didn’t go well for Glennon who finished 2-8 for 20-yards. Overall, the first team offense had a performance to forget. It’s clearly going to take some time for Glennon to get comfortable being the starter. He still has at least two games to straighten things out, but the regular season is approaching fast.

2nd Down: Trubisky Shines

The Mitchell Trubisky era began in the second quarter in the two-minute drill. It’s safe to say the rookie out of North Carolina did not disappoint. On his first drive, Trubisky marched the Bears down the field and the ended the drive with a touchdown pass to veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz.

At the time, it was the Bears first points of the game. Clearly, the momentum carried over into the second half. On the Bears first possession of the second half, Trubiksy led a long drive that resulted in a touchdown. On the drive, Trubisky made many impressive throws, including multiple on the run.

 

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Three drives resulted in 17 points for Trubisky and the Bears. The second overall draft pick finished 18 of 25 for 165 yards and a touchdown. He also showed that he could tuck it run with 38 rushing yards. That was good for a quarterback rating of 107.3.

Trubisky showed that he can be mobile, throw on the run, and sit in the pocket on Thursday night. Bears fans should be very excited about his future.

Third Down: First/Second Team Defense Solid

Most figured that the Bears strongest part of the team would be the defense and they didn’t disappoint on Thursday. Even after being put in awful field position for the first quarter and a half, the defense only allowed three points to the Broncos who played both Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch at quarterback.

The run defense was solid and the secondary didn’t allow much YAC (Yards After Catch). That’s progression from last year, which the Bears will take any day of the week. Leonard Floyd also looked scary fast. If healthy, double digit sacks aren’t out of the question.

Fourth Down: Tarik Cohen is Good as Advertised

Tarik Cohen is going to be very good NFL player. He showed that he can take a hit and keep going, which was a concern for some. He also showed his versatility by being able to return kickoffs and punts.

Darren Sproles is an accurate comparison. The Bears seem to have a nice duo in Jordan Howard and Cohen. In time, Cohen can become that change of pace back.

Overall, there were many things to be pleased about. None bigger than the successful debut of Mitchell Trubisky. Remember, it is just the first preseason game. There is a lot of football left to be played. Hopefully, Glennon improves and Trubiksy doesn’t regress, but both could very well happen.

Other Notes

  • Rookie tight end Adam Shaheen had a quiet night but was disruptive in the red zone. He got the Broncos secondary to commit pass interference, which set up a touchdown. The 10 to 87 connection could be something going on for a long time in the city of Chicago.
  • Ruben Randle left the game with a hamstring injury.
  • Rookie safety Eddie Jackson showed off his range on a couple plays. The Bears haven’t had a safety like that in a long time. I don’t see how he doesn’t start over Adrian Amos.

 

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