Mike Glennon is disappointed about being supplanted by rookie Mitchell Trubisky as Bears starting quarterback—but not defeated.
"Obviously, not what I wanted," Glennon said Tuesday. "Not what I hoped for. But I still have a role on this team. I'm still a captain of this football team. I'm going to handle it like a pro."
Glennon was replaced by Trubisky after committing eight turnovers in four games, including three in a loss to the Buccaneers and four in a defeat to the Packers. Glennon, though, will serve as the No. 2 quarterback Monday night when the Bears host the Vikings at Soldier Field.
"I think I played well enough to win two; didn't play well enough to win in the other two," Glennon said. "Obviously, turnovers were very critical. But I'm going to stay ready, be ready to go because I'm only one play away."
While disappointed about the demotion, Glennon is thankful for the support he's received from coaches and teammates. The 27-year-old husband and father of a little boy also knows that it's not the end of the world.
Bears quarterback Mike Glennon.
"You always try to have perspective on things," Glennon said. "Obviously not what I wanted. Not what I had hoped for. Not what I envisioned. But you look around the country, the world, and you see what's going on, and that kind of brings perspective back into things. I always try to have that perspective on just the grand scheme of life, even in disappointing times."
Glennon has no regrets about how he approached his job as Bears starting quarterback.
"The way I came in, I think I developed good relationships with guys," Glennon said. "I tried to bring us together as a team. The reality is it's not like the season's over. We're only four games in. There's a lot that can change. So I'm going to continue to stay ready. I'm not looking like this is the past. There's still a lot of future left. So I'm just going to stay focused on that and be ready if need be."
Despite his backup status, Glennon will continue to diligently prepare for games. He'll also keep supporting Trubisky. It's a similar situation the veteran experienced in Tampa Bay after the Buccaneers selected Jameis Winston with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft.
"I told Mitch whatever he needs, I'm here to help him," Glennon said. "I've been in that situation before with the highly-drafted guy. Two different guys, two different personalities. But whatever I can do to help, I'll be there for him. I'll continue to help Mitch in any way I can."
It's clear that Trubisky greatly appreciates working with Glennon.
"I can't say enough good things about Mike through this whole process," Trubisky said. "Really from Day 1 he's taken me in, accepted me and made me a part of the quarterback room, him and Mark [Sanchez] both. I've learned so much from him and continually how he carries himself throughout the situation as a professional and a person.
"It just says a lot about him and his character and what he means to this football team. I wouldn't be where I'm at in my development without Mike or Mark. I owe a lot to that quarterback room."