Is Mitch Trubisky actually underrated?

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Mitch Trubisky had a strong second season

This upcoming season is the Chicago Bears and the NFL’s centennial season. I have not seen every Chicago Bears snap of the football in 100 years but I don’t think it is hyperbole to say Mitch Trubisky is one of the top five quarterbacks the Bears have ever had.

Mitch Trubisky is coming off his second season-also called rookie season part two. With a new coach, new receivers, and a whole new system Trubisky did not have a rookie year to build on. Lets also not forget despite these extra hurdles he made his first Pro Bowl.

There were many Trubisky doubters last year who were down on him that were comparing a lot of what he was doing to the likes of Patrick Mahomes. In fairness to those doubters, there are connections between the two.

They were both taken in the 2017 NFL draft. Both play in Andy Reid/Matt Nagys high flying offense, both were even coached by Matt Nagy. That is about it for the similarities.

Trubisky was taken second overall in the 2017 draft playing in one of the largest markets in the league. Expectations are going to be much higher. Patrick Mahomes had the luxury of sitting for a year behind the veteran, Alex Smith, and just being a sponge and learning.

Trubisky essentially had to forget everything he “learned” under Mike Glennon and John Fox. If you can jump ahead of the guy you are supposed to be learning from within four games, then maybe that guy does not really have much to teach you.

Trubisky surpassed Glennon within four games, to only hand the ball off the rest of the season. That coaching staff thought Glennon was that bad that they did not even trust him to turn around and hand the ball off.

Trubisky’s play in 2018 passed the eye test. Did he play like a quarterback in his second year? Yes, but he also played like a second overall pick as well. That is exactly what you get out of a second-year quarterback. What Patrick Mahomes did, was an anomaly, not the norm.

Mitch Trubisky is a franchise quarterback.