Mitch is only scratching the surface
If you’ve ever been employed for any length of time, then chances are you’ve had, multiple bosses. Think Peter Gibbons lamenting to “the Bobs” that he has eight different bosses he has to answer to. Well, it obviously wasn’t that bad for Mitchell Trubisky, but the fact remains that he is on his second ‘boss’ in as many years.
The move had to be made, but Bears fans cannot forget, or even slightly discount what a wasted rookie year it was for Mitch. Think back to the moment he became the starter, and Fox emphasized things like getting in and out of the huddle and cadence. Contrast that with Nagy who immediately dunked him into the offensive baptismal font on day one.
Mitch responded. Although he got off to a slow start this season, he showed improvement (although not linear) over the course of the year. Compared to last year, his progression is astounding. In 2017, in 330 attempts, threw for 2193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions, only completing 59.4 percent of his passes. This year, his completion percentage jumped to 66.6 percent, throwing for 3223 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Beyond the numbers, anyone who watched the game and didn’t draw conclusions on soundbites, highlights, and one or two nationally televised games (you know who you are), saw the development. If you were told at the start of the season that he would be down one point with 56 seconds left in his first career playoff game, and he would lead his team down the field and put them in position to win the game, you’d probably thought the idea was crazy.
In fact, his progression within the Eagles game itself was a microcosm of his season. The fact that he played his best football in crunch time of his first playoff game bodes well for next season. The expectation is he takes the next step along with the rest of the offense. So even if the defense takes a step back, the offense’s two-steps forward will more than make up for it.