Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky will win the starting quarterback job

Mitchell Trubisky #10, Chicago Bears (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
Mitchell Trubisky #10, Chicago Bears (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /

Chicago Bears’ quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has one last chance to keep his job.

Mitchell Trubisky was drafted in 2017 by the Chicago Bears with the second pick in the draft. The pick has been met with criticism since the second Trubisky walked on stage to shake hands with Roger Goodell. How could the Bears pass up on Deshaun Watson, fans asked?

Trubisky, at the time, was looked at as the best all-around quarterback, with the most consistent college tape, even though he started just 13 games. Watson went to two national championships with Clemson, winning one of them, but was still looked at as the number two quarterback in that draft.

Patrick Mahomes wasn’t looked at as a Top 10 pick in the 2017 draft. The Chiefs hit the lottery with that pick, that’s something that is unfair to Trubisky, to call out the Bears for passing up on Mahomes. Watson, we get it, Mahomes, no one expected him to be what he was.

So, what’s the issue with Trubisky? Besides the shoulder injury he suffered against the Vikings early in the season, he’s been plagued with a below-average offensive line and a head coach that doesn’t want to coach him. He hasn’t had the best weapons around him either, unlike Mahomes.

Not to discount Allen Robinson, but he was the third-string wide receiver on the Jaguars just a year before the Bears picked him up. Trey Burton, who is now gone, was also a backup tight end on the Eagles before the Bears picked him up. Tarik Cohen isn’t a consistent, every-down running back, and the use of David Montgomery wasn’t there for most of the season.

Trubisky might have regressed, but he was injured, and he doesn’t have the weapons you see top quarterbacks in the league. This year is different though, he will have an improved offensive line, an improved tight end, and more weapons at receiver.

For quarterback competition, the Bears traded for Nick Foles during the offseason. It’s a solid move and he will be a great backup that will push Trubisky and make him a better quarterback. The upside for Trubisky improving from Foles is something fans should root for, not them rooting for Trubisky to leave town and the team to draft another quarterback in 2021.

Trubisky has worked with Jeff Christensen on his throwing mechanics during the summer. This is something that was much needed, something that Trubisky knew he needed to do to become a better quarterback. He also has fixed his throwing shoulder and feels the best he’s felt in years.

Lastly, he’s seen tape from every throw he’s made during the last two seasons with help from Matt Nagy, with the two of them making decisions on where Trubisky did well and where he did wrong.

If everything we’re hearing about Trubisky improving is true, he will be the starting quarterback in 2020. He still has to put the work in on Sundays though. He can win the starting job and not perform well. If wins the job and doesn’t perform well, Foles will end up playing.

At the end of the day, I believe in Trubisky. I don’t see Trubisky as a bust. I believe the additions to the Bears offense during the offseason is enough to help Trubisky become a better quarterback. He won’t be perfect, but he will bounce back and have a better season than he did in 2018. The Bears will be a playoff team this season and Trubisky will be a big reason why.

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The next 37 days will be exciting for fans, as that’s how long we have to wait to see the Bears play the Lions. Good luck to both quarterbacks, may the best quarterback win!