Chicago Bears: What is Ryan Pace not saying about Mitchell Trubisky?

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The Chicago Bears offense is going to be under a microscope this offseason and into the 2020 regular season. Ryan Pace addressed the media today at the NFL Combine. What he is not saying says more than what he is saying.

The Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace met with the media at the NFL Combine earlier this morning. He was obviously asked about the quarterback situation and Mitchell Trubisky. He addressed the fourth-year starter’s future and even addressed a question about Trubisky’s fifth-year option.

In the press conference at the end of the season, both Pace and Matt Nagy spoke about Trubisky’s 2019 performance and his future in a Bears uniform. Pace made it known that the team is behind and supports Trubisky. Pace specifically keeps talking about the path Drew Brees took and how long it took for him to “click” as an elite quarterback. He mentioned it again today.

Pace made it known that the team only has one quarterback on the roster and that Trubisky is their starter. However, he also said that they want to bring in some competition. With the Chicago Bears only having one quarterback on the roster, the team clearly needs to bring in fresh bodies. Will those bodies be true competition or will they just be professional clipboard holders?

When asked about Trubisky’s fifth-year option, Pace made it known that the team is not concerned about that right now since the decision does not need to be made until sometime in May. There is a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in the works. Teams seem to be waiting to make decisions until after that agreement has been fully reached. If the fifth-year option stays the same, the Chicago Bears will likely pick up the option.

Now, here is what Ryan Pace is not saying. Pace is not saying what type of competition he wants to see brought in. Will he truly bring in an Andy Dalton or Teddy Bridgewater type free agent, or should we be prepared to see at best a Case Keenum?

What else is not being said is how Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson‘s fifth-year options are not even in the Chiefs and Texans’ plans. Instead, these two are talking about an extension. If Ryan Pace was to mention an extension for Trubisky right now he would be run out of town.

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Pace is making it known he supports Trubisky, but behind the scenes, I would not be surprised if he is working with Matt Nagy to come up with an insurance plan to save their jobs in case Trubisky falls on his face again. Pace has proven he does not show his cards and likes to bluff over and over again. What outcome will the Chicago Bears be dealt with how Pace plays his hand this offseason?