The Chicago Bears made a big mistake when they benched Mitchell Trubisky for veteran Nick Foles. The offense was abysmal, there was no run game, play-calling was questionable, and with a below-average O-Line, Foles couldn’t escape the pocket. During Foles time as starter, the Bears endured a four-game losing streak. Trubisky stepped back in as the starter Week 13 against the Green Bay Packers. Although they suffered a loss, the offense showed life, and each week since, the Bears offense has been legit. The Mitchell Trubisky era in Chicago should not be over and there are multiple reasons why.
Re-Sign, but Don’t Commit
I’m not saying the Bears should sign Trubisky to a massive five-year extension. However, they need to sign him to a one-year “prove-it” deal. With a significantly improved run game behind David Montgomery and O-Line stability, the Bears are able to play to Trubisky’s strength’s (play-action). Since he’s reclaimed the starter role, we have seen the Bears utilize play-action more often. Credit HC Matt Nagy and OC Bill Lazor for making those adjustments. Now, we are able to see what Trubisky is really able to do when you put him in a position to succeed. The last few seasons have not been anything like this offensively.
Turn to the Draft
Chicago could decide to draft a QB. That’s totally fine. However, I still think Trubisky needs to be in the picture. The Bears can take a similar approach to the Dolphins where they started Ryan Fitzpatrick and then shifted to Tua later in the season. We need to see Trubisky in this type of offense from the start of the season. The Bears have reeled off two straight wins to keep their playoff hopes alive, and believe it or not, their offense is the reason why. If Trubisky struggles early on, or if he doesn’t play effectively, the Bears will have the ability to put their rookie in after a weeks of observation, practice, and learning. Potential QB targets are: Justin Fields (Ohio State), Trey Lance (North Dakota State), Mac Jones (Alabama), and Kyle Trask (Florida).
Trubisky’s Time in Chicago
We’ve seen a lot of inconsistency from Mitch during his time as the Bears starting QB. However, we’ve also seen a lot of success. In 2018, Trubisky led the Bears to a 12-4 record, was named to the Pro Bowl, and took the Bears to the Wild Card round. That was the season Mitch took off. However, last season was a steep downfall. Not all blame can be placed on Trubisky as Nagy’s play-calling was questionable and there wasn’t a strong run game. This season, we saw him start the first three games before being pulled during a Week 3 matchup against the Falcons. Nick Foles led the comeback, and we wouldn’t see Trubisky again until a run play against the Saints which ended up injuring his shoulder. After the Foles experiment failed and Trubisky got healthy, he got the nod, and hasn’t looked back.
During his time in Chicago, Trubisky has had a lot of memorable games. He threw for SIX TD passes against the Buccaneers during Week 4 of 2018. Furthermore, Trubisky led the Bears to crucial SNF win over Kirk Cousins and the Vikings during Week 10 in 2018. Moreover, he took down Dak and the Cowboys on TNF in 2019. And these past four weeks, we have seen him elevate his game to give the Bears a fighting chance for a playoff berth.
The Bears need to re-sign Trubisky, however, only for one-year to see if his progress is legitimate. Drafting a QB would be a wise move, but there should be time to evaluate Trubisky. He has been one of the most over hated and over analyzed QBs in the league due to his draft status. Trubisky is an NFL QB. He’s good when placed in the right offensive scheme. The final weeks of the regular season will allow him the time to show us what he’s got. In a favorable matchup against Jacksonville and a tough divisional matchup against Green Bay, we’ll see what Trubisky is made of. If he plays well, Mitchell Trubisky deserves to stay in Chicago a little longer.