Chicago Bears fans have complained about the selection of Mitch Trubisky long enough. It’s time to be supportive.
“I told you so.”
It’s a phrase we hear all the time and it’s a phrase that every Chicago Bears’ fan is desperate to shout. They want to shout it from the mountaintops. It’s so important for so many Bears’ fans, it almost goes to the point for them of cheering against the Bears rather than for them.
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How else can you explain it? How else can you explain why the vast majority of Bears’ fans almost seemingly are pulling against Mitch Trubisky to succeed? Since the Bears traded up to select him with the second overall pick, Bears fans have blasted the franchise, blasted Ryan pace, and blasted Trubisky himself.
Many fans have crossed the line of critical and are straight condemning the selection. But that seems to be what Bears’ fans want. They are so desperate to want to be able to say, “I told you so. I knew Trubisky was a bum!” that they don’t even stop to think that maybe the pick just might work.
If Trubisky does turn into a legit NFL QB, those critical fans will buy their Trubisky jerseys and wear them proudly. When their buddy asks, “Didn’t you hate the Trubisky pick?” They can backtrack. They can say, “Oh, I never hated the pick, I didn’t like that they traded up, we could have had him at three.” They’ll have plenty of excuses about how they didn’t hate the pick because fans, in the end, aren’t accountable. Their takes aren’t on television and they can delete their old tweets.
But to have the opportunity to rip the Bears or rip Pace and be able to tell everyone, “I told you so!” is far more important to several Bears’ fans than to support the team. But enough with this. It’s time to get over it. The draft is in the rearview mirror. Mitch Trubisky is the Bears’ quarterback of the future. It’s time to get on board. If he fails, criticize Pace all you want, but it’s time to be supportive of this team and specifically Trubisky.
Trubisky doesn’t need to hear boos at Bulls’ games. He doesn’t need to hear endless criticism on sports talk radio, God forbid if he searches his name in twitter what he’ll see. That’s not to say Trubisky is sensitive or would even care. It seems to roll right off his back, which is important for any quarterback. They need that mentality to be successful.
But enough. It’s time to look forward with Trubisky. It’s time to see how he develops. It’s time to see if he can become a star in the NFL. By no means is it a lock that he becomes a big-time NFL QB, but Ryan Pace feels he’s picked the QB of the future and it’s time to support the decision and see if it comes to fruition.
If Trubisky fails, that means Pace fails, and the haters will get their wish. Trubisky will be gone and Pace will be fired. But this is a franchise whose top three quarterbacks of all-time include Jim McMahon and Jay Cutler (Sid Luckman is obviously the best). That seems ludicrous that a franchise that has existed for almost 100 years boasts those names as the best QBs in franchise history.
Fans have screamed out for decades that the Bears need to make a bold move and grab a franchise quarterback. So, when the team finally goes out and does it, it’s still not good enough. Is it because of the trade (they recouped most of the picks)? Is it because it’s Trubisky? Would Deshaun Watson have changed their minds?
Several Bears’ fans seem to be talking out of both sides of their mouths. They didn’t want Jay Cutler and wanted the Bears to land a franchise QB, but don’t seem to be happy that they are trying to do just that. If the Bears punted the QB position until the 2018 draft, there’s a good chance those same fans would have ripped the team for waiting.
This front office right now seems to be damned if they do, damned if they don’t. But Ryan Pace went all-in. He thinks he’s found his franchise quarterback. There’s no guarantee he’s correct, but it’s time to find out if he is. Bears’ fans need to be patient and support the move. Nobody cares about an “I told you so” attitude, not your best friend, your parents, and certainly not Trubisky or the Bears.
Nobody knows if Trubisky is the answer at quarterback, but it’s time for Bears’ fans to get behind him and hope he becomes one of the best quarterbacks this franchise has ever seen.