Chicago Bears: 3 reasons Mitchell Trubisky will breakout in 2019

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Time is on his side

If one theme has emerged this pre-season through organized team activities and minicamp, it’s just how much more comfortable Trubisky has appeared. It shouldn’t be that much of a surprise either. Last year he was trying to digest so much, whether it was learning a new offense, or getting accustomed to new wide receivers, or simply continuing to learn how to be a professional quarterback.

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Well, the general angst that’s associated with being overwhelmed seems to have subsided this year. It’s been replaced with feelings of calm, confidence, and a feeling of familiarity.

You started to get the sense he was more comfortable when he appeared at the Chicago White Sox game to throw out the first pitch with his offensive line in tow. It continued when he twice drilled 16 ounces of beer on the jumbotron as part of a friendly competition among NFC North QBs (sans Kirk Cousins).

It continued during the Bears 100 celebration weekend, appearing on stage with Jim McMahon, embracing the comparison to the 1985 team and even donning McMahon’s signature shades and headband.

He’s also displayed a lot more confidence on the football field where he is now able to anticipate more throws rather than reacting to the defense — a skill that only comes with having a comfort level with your offense and personnel. Even his own teammates are recognizing the change in Mitch from last season. As Taylor Gabriel put it, “it’s just a drastic change from last year.”

And on Wednesday, he very confidently stood at the podium and fielded questions about his future in Chicago and his next contract. Mitch was very transparent and did not shy away from the question, but answered it in the most candid way possible. Another demonstration of his new comfort level not just with the offense, but with handling the responsibility of being the quarterback of the Bears.