Why Mitchell Trubisky is a Ray of Hope for Chicago Bears Fans

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 10: Mitchell Trubisky
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 10: Mitchell Trubisky /

If you have been a fan of the Chicago Bears for any amount of time, you know it’s never good to get that excited about a new quarterback. But why not get excited about Mitchell Trubisky?

BALTIMORE, MD – OCTOBER 15: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky
BALTIMORE, MD – OCTOBER 15: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky /

There were a lot of people who were skeptical when the Bears drafted quarterback Mitchell Trubisky out of North Carolina with their first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Chicago traded up and seemingly traded the farm away to get him.

Quite honestly, Bears fans were mad. I recall being at the Bears’ draft party at Soldier Field that night and witnessed how people felt. There was more swearing when Trubisky’s name was announced, then I have ever heard in a Die Hard movie. I was even swearing myself.

But after staying up most of the night and thinking about what management was trying to accomplish, I determined that they had made the best decision that they could have possibly made for the team’s future. The pick made sense to me and it slowly started to make sense to others as well.

Heading into the season, the thought that Trubisky should stay on the bench and learn during the entire season. The Bears didn’t need Trubisky to start, did they? They had Mike Glennon, a career backup whom Chicago paid a lot of money to start and he was going to teach Trubisky the ropes.
It was all set. Trubisky would sit.

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But DeShaun Watson was now a starter in Houston and he shined which proved a rookie could succeed. While that was going on, Glennon showed why he was a backup and never a full-time starter. The Bears were down four games and had nothing positive to look forward to at quarterback except for Trubisky.

So, the Bears went ahead and started him against one of the more fierce defenses in the NFL. They didn’t win but the seeds were planted for a strong future at quarterback in Chicago.
Trubisky came in in game two and almost did just enough to help the team win but also did enough to give it away. But you can’t blame him for some of that performance. The coaching staff obviously put the handcuffs on him and he wasn’t allowed to show his full potential.

But remember, they put him in with the objective of slowly coming along learning the offense as he goes. They wanted Trubisky to limit his chances to make mistakes and help him control the game. They are spoon-feeding him right now and that should be fine with Bears fans.
Please don’t force feed “the Bear” should be his new tagline.

So why, does Trubisky make the Bears a future contender? It’s simple; he has the talent that you want in a quarterback. He has a lot of upside and room to grow and the good thing is, he’s not completely developed yet. There is a lot more you can do with Trubisky and the sky is the limit.

Scouting reports aside, the young signal caller represents the greatest hope for the Bears offense right now. You can already tell he is taking control of the offense. Trubisky is on the sidelines talking to his teammates and coaches, correcting mistakes and learning. He is a vocal leader and has displayed some leadership qualities, the kind that has been lacking in the past.

Perhaps the Bears have found their quarterback.

So why as Bears fan should we be excited? After all, weren’t we excited about Rex Grossman, Jay Cutler, and Cade McNown? What makes Trubisky different?

For one, he has a level head. Cutler’s dust-up with the Broncos before being traded should have been a warning sign that there could be trouble down the road. Granted, players who aren’t happy can be moved and have successful careers in their new homes. But for some reason, it didn’t work out for the Bears.

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McNown was a head case and Grossman was, well, Grossman.

Trubisky is different. Something about him just feels right. It just seems like Trubisky to the Bears was and is a match made in heaven. But Super Bowl and NFC titles aren’t won on feelings, are they? Or are they?

Just ask the Green Bay Packers who traded for Brett Favre years ago. They felt that Favre was the top-rated quarterback in the 1991 NFL Draft and felt he could get them to the Super Bowl. So in 1992, they traded for him even though he had only been with Atlanta one year. They gave up the right amount to get him and he dominated. The rolled the dice and won.

Could the Bears have done the same thing for Trubisky by giving up what they gave up for him? Will they be winners in the end?

I don’t want to compare Trubisky to Favre, yet anyway. It’s way too soon to do that, but we as Bears fans can only hope that he becomes somewhat like Favre or the great passers of our current era. We want him to be a winner and we want him to help the Bears succeed.

Let’s hope, for the Bears sake, Trubisky works out and becomes the player that we all hope he can be. If he fails, then the Bears won’t be a contender for some time to come. But if he doesn’t, the Chicago could end up in the playoffs for several seasons.