Chicago Bears: Is Mitch Trubisky playing like a top pick?

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No longer a rookie, quarterback Mitch Trubisky is supposed to take a big leap forward in his second season with the Chicago Bears. So far, it’s been an uneven start for the player picked second overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Chicago Bears are off to a .500 start through two regular season games this season. With better quarterback play, they could easily be undefeated to date.

Mitch Trubisky is the Bears’ franchise quarterback for the foreseeable future. He was drafted second overall in the draft a year ago — picked ahead of other rising star quarterbacks, Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. So far, the jury is still out on whether Ryan Pace picked the best quarterback available at that time, given Trubisky’s play.

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While Trubisky had his fair share of struggles as a rookie playing under John Fox, that was understandable. No young quarterback has a chance playing under a head coach who is as old school driven as it gets, like Fox nowadays.

That’s why the organization brought Matt Nagy in to coach the Bears moving forward. He’s a disciple of Andy Reed, who helped guide the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense to impressive heights over the past few seasons.

Nagy’s time as Chiefs offensive coordinator should ultimately prove to be extremely valuable during his tenure as Bears head coach. Through two games thus far, fans are already witnessing the creativity in play-calling on offensive drives that wasn’t evident the past few seasons.

Trubisky has started off extremely hot in both regular season contents, leading two opening touchdown drives with both his arm and legs.

It’s too bad the second-year signal caller has fizzled out following hot starts, attributing to too many stalled offensive drives. This has ultimately held the Bears back from looking like a complete team capable of exceeding expectations in a hurry.

Anyone who has watched the Bears play thus far knows that their defense is legit. With studs everywhere on that side, even the best quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson will often be scrambling for their lives.

It’s the offense on the other hand that continues to tease fans as we speak. One drive, Trubisky and company will march down the field with ease for an impressive score. The next five will result in missed opportunities, often by the quarterback not seeing the field properly.

That’s been Trubisky’s biggest problem to date. He doesn’t scan the entire field as well as a number two overall pick should be able to. He misses spotting open receivers on too many plays, often failing to recognize that they’re wide open before it’s too late. Furthermore, he relies on his feet way too often, yet still takes way too many self-inflicted sacks from holding onto the ball too long.

Trubisky will still make his share of impressive throws, either while in rhythm inside the pocket or when a play goes off-scheduled outside the pocket. His talent is undeniable, when everything is clicking. Unfortunately, that talent has only been on full display for brief stretches in time.

The truly great quarterbacks know when to get the ball out of their hands on time and in a hurry to their moving receivers. Trubisky has yet to master that important trait, one that often makes a quarterback stand out among his peers. Rather, Trubisky continues to display indecisiveness that haunts quarterbacks and their teams.

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There is still plenty of time for Trubisky to improve upon his flaws. He still hasn’t even has a full-season of starts under his belt. There’s no need yet for Bears fans to panic about Trubisky’s up-and-down performance.

Now, if what we’re seeing from Trubisky in Week Two continues all the way through Week 17, then it may be time for fans to worry more. Until then, let’s all keep an open mind on Trubisky’s performance to date.