If you were in the crowd on draft night in Philadelphia, you could hear the cries of agony when the Chicago Bears traded up one spot to draft North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
The sacrificed their third-overall pick, third-round pick (No.67) and fourth-round pick (No.11) to the San Francisco 49ers in order to snag Trubisky second overall. To say that Bears fans were pissed off would be an understatement. Trubisky was somewhat of a wild-card choice at quarterback. He showed good attributes but only played one full season of college football at UNC so people questioned if he was ready for the NFL workload.
We are about to find out what Trubisky is made of as sources from the Bears announced on Monday that the rookie will make his NFL debut on Monday Night Football against the Vikings next week. This is in response to Mike Glennon’s four-turnover game against the Packers last Monday night – the Bears lost that one 35-14.
— Mike Murphy (@maddogmurph55) April 28, 2017
In 13 games with the Tar Heels, Trubisky threw for 3,748 yards, averaged 8.4 yards per pass attempt, and had 30 passing touchdowns (only six interceptions).
In this year’s preseason, Trubisky continued to prove the doubters wrong. In four games he passed for 364 yards, averaged 6.9 yards per attempt, and had four passing touchdowns with zero interceptions.
But that still didn’t earn him the starting role. And to be fair, it is the smart choice not thrust a young QB into the fire right away. We have seen in the past that the formula for forming a good quarterback is letting them learn the playbook and culture of the team from the sidelines as a backup. Elite quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers rode the pine for a great deal of time before their number was called.
A more recent example would be the emergence of Jared Goff as an elite passer this season. You want to talk about a guy who was doubted from the get-go. Goff was compared to Carson Wentz last season after Wentz saw fair amounts of success starting every one of the Eagles regular season games in 2016. Wentz was taken after Goff in the 2016 draft.
Goff played in just seven games for the Rams last season and floundered a bit, throwing five touchdowns and seven interceptions during that brief stint.
This season has been a different tale for Goff as he has led the Rams to a 3-1 record. He’s thrown for 1,072 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception. He leads the NFL in yards gained per pass attempt, averaging 9.2. The Rams gave Goff an upgrade at wide receiver when they acquired Sammy Watkins from the Bills in the preseason.
It also helps that Todd Gurley has really balanced the offense with some spectacular running so far this season. The trio of offensive weapons turned the Rams into a potential playoff team overnight after being one of the worst teams in the NFL last season.
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) October 1, 2017
The Bears feel like Trubisky could provide that same spark Goff has this season. Trubisky has a natural ability to extend plays with his feet. His athleticism allows him to make accurate passes while on the run.
We shouldn’t set the bar too high for Trubisky because he does not possess the same tools around him that Goff has this season. A good NFL quarterback can turn a bad football team around but the pieces around him have to do their part as well, and the Bears don’t seem to have that level of talent around him…yet.