Longtime CBS analyst Phil Simms gave his thoughts on the Bears’ selection of Mitch Trubisky.
Phil Simms may have recently been replaced by Tony Romo as the lead analyst for the NFL on CBS but that doesn’t change the fact that Simms has some of the most accurate and respected opinions on NFL quarterbacks. Simms knows exactly what to look for with these QB prospects, and it is great to listen to him break down the incoming quarterback class.
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Simms joined Adam Schein’s radio program, Schein on Sports on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio, this week and he broke down all the incoming quarterbacks, including the Chicago Bears quarterback situation and one Mitchell Trubisky.
Simms discussed the Mike Glennon vs Mitch Trubisky QB situation and if Trubisky has any chance to start towards the beginning of the season. He also broke down Trubisky as a prospect and what he expects of him at the NFL level.
Here’s Simms on Glennon vs Trubisky:
"If it’s just an open competition and they let it go and all that stuff, there’s no chance Trubisky can beat out Mike Glennon. Mike Glennon has been in the league. He’s played enough. He’s a good, solid NFL quarterback. Do you want him to be, my all-time favorite phrase, the face of the franchise? The franchise quarterback? I love all those things, always. No. But it didn’t surprise me. I always thought the Chicago Bears were lining up to take a quarterback early to get the guy for the future. Because what did they do? They signed Mike Glennon to basically a one-year contract. That alone should have told you something. If they really believed that the might have something, let’s see what they have with him, but they signed him to a three-year deal with two additional guaranteed years where they have to keep him, but that was not the case."
Simms is basically reiterating what the Bears have already told the public and what most analysts have said about Glennon’s contract. Trubisky isn’t the quarterback that Glennon is right now. Glennon is the better QB and gives the Bears a better chance to win games in 2017. However, being that Glennon’s contract only has one year of guaranteed money, the Bears can get out of the contract whenever they want. If Glennon is merely serviceable this year (or worse), the Bears will release him at season’s end and go all in on Trubisky in 2018.
However, more interesting, Simms also looked at Trubisky as a prospect and broke down what he sees in the North Carolina product. More from the Schein interview:
"Trubisky, I thought he was the most polished of all the quarterbacks coming out. He was taught extremely well (at North Carolina). He executed that way. He can find receivers- right, left, turn here, look off defenders, everything that you expect from a pro quarterback and they ran a lot of pro football-type plays, more so than basically all the other quarterbacks we talked about. He’s a good athlete. He’s a little faster and more elusive than we thought. He has an average NFL arm. I don’t ever look at Mitchell Trubisky and say, wow, I see a guy that can throw the ball and become Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, and just keep going down the list of all these throwers we have now in the NFL. I don’t see that top end. We talk about all these intangibles about quarterbacks, and I’ve said this many times, there are 4 or 5 throws a game that only a small group of guys can make, and they make him. And a lot of times that throw, because it’s physically so good, that’s the difference in the game. I’m sure that’s one of the reasons these teams drafted the quarterbacks they did."
It doesn’t appear that Simms is all in on Trubisky, but he certainly does like him. Simms thinks Trubisky does all the right things with the football and has great football instincts. I also like that he recognizes that Trubisky does have the ability to make something happen with his feet if the pocket breaks down, something that can’t be overstated.
The unfortunate thing is the arm strength. Simms isn’t high on his arm and isn’t sure if he’ll ever make it to an elite status with that arm. Hopefully, being that he brings so many other aspects to the football field, those can help him overcome the arm and make him the quarterback the Bears think he can be.