Mitchell Trubisky of the Chicago Bears is aware of this: First-round draft alternatives, throughout all skilled sports activities, generally have the best quantity of expectations tied to their names, simply as quickly because the ink just isn’t even dry but on the paper of their first skilled quarterbacks. However amongst all the main sports activities and their respective gamers, a first-round decide used on a quarterback within the NFL appears to reign supreme in being the state of affairs that gives essentially the most strain.
Within the 2017 NFL draft, the primary spherical produced three quarterbacks that may eternally be tied to one another all through the rest of their careers – Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Mitchell Trubisky. And whereas the taking part in types of every of those three gamers differed in every of their very own respective methods in school, Trubisky of the Bears ended up being the participant who drew essentially the most conflicting reactions.
With the Chicago Bears leaping up one spot within the draft, shifting up from third total to second total, to seize the previous College of North Carolina Tar Heel, the way forward for the offense and the franchise was handed over to a participant that was popping out of a college extra identified for his or her pipeline to the NBA. Having produced a really competent season for the Tar Heels in his ultimate collegiate season, Trubisky was seen as being a member of the highest three signal-callers within the draft, however he was fairly notably not seen as the highest possibility out of that crop.
However, as appears to be part of the Bears’ approach, they determined to make Trubisky their choice, passing on absolutely the legend that Mahomes has develop into, in addition to letting one of many present technology’s star area generals in Watson slide all the way down to the Houston Texans. And the way these dominoes have fallen into place will eternally dictate the paths of every of those three groups.
The Bears, who’ve most notably been on the unlucky unsuitable facet of that draft debacle, have made their intentions very strongly identified about their quarterback, as they declined the fifth-year possibility on Trubisky’s rookie contract, paving the best way for him to make the 2020 season a make or break yr, one thing that might very properly play into his favor.
Over the offseason, because the likes of Cam Newton, Teddy Bridgewater, and others have been floating round as free brokers, the Bears felt they wanted to usher in some inside competitors in an try to push Trubisky, so as a substitute of getting to surrender nothing in return for a type of two previously-mentioned gamers, then, in flip, made a cope with the Jacksonville Jaguars to accumulate QB Nick Foles for a compensatory fourth-round decide.
Whereas Foles has a ton of expertise beneath his belt, together with a storied Tremendous Bowl run, he additionally comes with fairly a bit of economic baggage for the Bears.
Having signed an enormous four-year, $88 million deal in March 2019 with the Jags, they moved on from after just one season, pushing the buck down the road and over into the NFC, now to be handled by the Bears. Whereas they have been in a position to come to an settlement over a brand new contract, which was a restricted deal price $24 million over the following three seasons, the Bears are nonetheless going to be on the hook for round a $16 million cap hit for 2 QBs, each of which actually aren’t worthy of being beginning quarterbacks at this present time.
However for Trubisky, the ‘20 season acts primarily as a costume rehearsal for the place he can be taking part in subsequent yr, which might nonetheless be as a member of the Bears. Nonetheless, with the group seemingly not assured within the QB that they spent the second-overall decide on, the times for Trubisky in blue and orange look to be numbered.
However not so quick. With all the playing cards within the deck developing two’s and the chips stacked towards him, Trubisky finds himself in a a lot better place than initially perceived.
Lessened expectations can result in improbable outcomes, and Trubisky was handed the keys primarily proper out of the gate in his NFL profession with out having to have proven a lot (outdoors of his collegiate video games), so expectations for him have been excessive ever since he arrived within the league. However with a viable technique of competitors in Foles sitting proper behind him, Trubisky could very properly have been gifted the right state of affairs by the Bears, unintentionally.
Give this outlook a fast assume: Star gamers appear to all the time present up in most moments, even when the moments aren’t that giant and the lights aren’t that shiny. They arrive to work every day, get issues completed and produce above-average outcomes, and that’s what makes them be revered by followers, their athletic friends, and media members throughout.
However for Trubisky, by no means having been that star (even when he was sadly dubbed it by the Bears trustworthy) could make his life a lot simpler now with the Bears.
Bluntly, the Bears aren’t anticipated to be contenders for the NFC North title this yr, as each the Minnesota Vikings and the Inexperienced Bay Packers, at the least on paper, have superior rosters on either side of the ball. Enjoying spoiler is precisely the function that may assist Trubisky thrive, all whereas boosting his possibilities at a decent-sized payday for his first contract, submit rookie deal.
Head coach Matt Nagy is the offensive guru that made him a really intriguing possibility for the Bears to rent again in January 2018 because the substitute for John Fox, and whereas the previous Kansas Metropolis Chiefs offensive coordinator has didn’t dwell as much as the big-time billing that he acquired as one of many hottest first-time head teaching candidates, his teaching profession lives – and dies – with how Trubisky performs.
With that being the case, and with the Bears having been performing fairly beneath their expectations the previous few seasons, Nagy can be extraordinarily clever to try to maximize what’s left within the tank for Trubisky, which might contain any kinds of playbook alterations, schematic adjustments, and simply an total mindset change for what’s realistically anticipated for Trubisky.
Figuring out that after this season he ought to be capable to command, at minimal, a stable backup QB contract for the following two-plus seasons, Trubisky is in a stable spot, even when the whole lot round him appears to level in any other case. The Bears, whereas failing to dwell as much as lofty expectations, can be very sensible to at the least give Trubisky one ultimate honest shake to make their funding worthwhile, all of the whereas understanding that Foles can are available in and carve out a number of victories if the group’s season so will depend on it.
The talent stage is there for Trubisky, as his first-round billing didn’t stand on unsteady floor. The circumstances round him could have contributed extra to his uneasy NFL profession up up to now, however the reality nonetheless stays that his age, talents, and simply total standing within the NFL remains to be fairly stable, which means that his ‘20 season efficiency just isn’t an end-all, be-all state of affairs.
Overcoming low expectations is precisely the function that the Bears ought to be seeking to tackle this upcoming season, and with all different health-related parts affecting groups all throughout the league, rolling out Trubisky (doubtlessly) one ultimate time because the group’s starter might really produce advantages not seen up up to now.