Future of the Franchise
Every rebuild starts and stops with the quarterback. When Pace arrived, he originally said that Cutler would be part of the evaluation process but eventually committed to him as the team’s quarterback.
Did Pace mean it, or just speak that publicly to shoot down any conjecture of a quarterback change?
Again, the shroud of mystery of the Bears’ rebuild was never more of a question than the quarterback position.
When the Bears chose to move on from Cutler, they committed starter dollars to Mike Glennon. Did Pace actually believe in Glennon as a starter? The smart money is that, at that point, Pace already knew he wanted Mitch Trubisky and was using Glennon as a cover to try to throw people off the scent.
Pace stated publicly after the draft that he wanted Glennon to start the year and let Trubisky learn for a year. Based on Trubisky’s lack of experience, that was probably the truth, but with Glennon’s disastrous play in September, the move had to be made to Trubisky.
After two seasons with Trubisky, the arrow is definitely pointing up, but there are still plenty of questions around the young quarterback. Can Trubisky elevate his game to an elite quarterback? Some NFL experts believe he’s on his way, others believe he’s on his way out.
Trubisky’s growth is going to be the key of this team moving forward. Pace has built the roster up around him, now Trubisky must lead it and maintain it as a contender.