Mitchell Trubisky cannot play the same backup role as he did in college
There are a variety of opinions about the trade for Mitch Trubisky, and the question of the value of moving up one spot and who else was in play to move up to two. However, this is in the past, and in looking forward, there are even more questions to come. The real question now is what do the Bears get out of benching Mitchell Trubisky?
When Trubisky started last season, he looked the part. He has the big arm and the light feet to move around and ability to make throws all over the field. The biggest question with him was his ability to stay consistent with his footwork and mechanics under pressure and in identifying the pass rush. Trubisky can show how it is done in the video room all he wants, it is a different thought process when you are out in the field. Things move a lot faster. The only way for him to take a step forward this season will be to play, make mistakes and learn how to adapt to the consistent speed and pressure of the NFL.
Of course, the issue with this logic is that the team signed Mike Glennon to a deal worth starter money this season. It is low end starter money, and as many have mentioned it is essentially a one-year deal. However, that is a lot of money spent to have one season of backup quarterback play. Sure, when the Bears signed Glennon they did not want to show their hand, but now they would almost look silly wanting to start their future franchise quarterback. Not a great spot to be in.
You can talk about how Trubisky is in a good situation because he has handled being a backup well in the past. That is a foolish argument. On the flip side, couldn’t Trubisky have now been experienced and comfortable in his position to the point where he was a consensus top player rather than a shot in the dark based on traits?
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Game snaps matter, being comfortable as a backup doesn’t. Just because North Carolina made a goofy locker room decision does not mean the Chicago Bears should make the same one. Any game the Bears play not starting Trubisky will hinder their future. They have a run first offense, with what could be an improved defense if it stays healthy. As ridiculous as they may look they have to swallow the money and pay Mike Glennon to be the best teacher and backup quarterback that money can buy.