Then I think we must blame the coach that made the decision to go with the rookie.
I just watched the game again. I don't have the All-22 access like some do, but there were several things that were pretty obvious. First, Glennon wasn't as accurate as many like to think. We saw the same off throws on swing passes to the backs that were completely uncatchable. Several throws to both backs, TEs and WRs were overthrown badly. The same sideline passes that we complained about last year and this were still 3 yards out of bounds and 5 yards over the WRs heads. Some passes that were caught were behind the WR enough to prevent yards after catch. Now, of course, some of this is expected of a rookie and not from a 5th year vet, but did it really give us the best chance to win now?
To put this in perspective, at the end of the first half we held a 10 point lead, almost a 2-1 advantage in time of possession, almost a 2-1 advantage in total yards, winning the turnover battle. By the end of the third quarter, the time of possession gap had closed considerably, we were outgained, though we still held the 10 point advantage. Enter the 4th quarter and we lose the lead after an interception and TD to Fitz. While the coach had no confidence in our ex-5th year starting QB to finish in the 4th quarter, he puts the ball in the rookie's hands and gives the game away. Still, with 1:30 on the clock and down 3, I would have had hope with our ex-5th year starting QB that had multiple come from behind 4th quarter wins to maybe lead us to a tie or win. Instead, our rookie throws another pick and it's game over.
Of course, we can't blame the rookie, because he's only a rookie. So, who's to blame? It has to be the coach for making the call to switch at that point. Not only did it cost us that game, but it gave the Eagles a full game of film to watch of our rookie QB coming into this week. We could have kept Freeman, maybe won that game, if he didn't look great benched him for Glennon during the bye week, had two weeks with him working with the #1's and Philly would have no film to watch. Freeman may have had trade value during the bye, especially with a recent win and we might have gotten something, and we wouldn't have had the whole circus during the one week before the Arizona game, instead, we could have had it during a two week stretch where the distraction may have died down with plenty of time for the team to prepare.
I'm not sure anyone is aware, but let me put this out there. The longest TD drive of the season is 44 yards in week 1, we also had a 41 yard TD drive last game. Our longest scoring drive of the year is 61 yards (twice, week 1 and 4, both FGs). If we don't get the ball via turnover in our opponents territory, we will not score a TD. Defensively last game, we had the Cardinals in 1st (or 2nd) and 20 situations 3 times. We only made one stop. The other two we gave up 27 and 22 yards. Statistically the D is playing well, but those mistakes don't help win games. The head coach is said to "micro-manage" every aspect of the team and yet we've had penalties lose games for us, turnovers lose games for us, and poor clock-management/poor defensive play calls lose games for us. No in game adjustments, time outs used to prevent (both) QBs from using an audible at the line, the list goes on.
I'm not going to blame Glennon for playing like a rookie, but I do think the coach should shoulder the burden for the timing, the mismanagement of the situation, and for believing the rookie had enough knowledge, ability, and readiness to play better than a veteran (though inconsistent) in the exact same circumstances.