Bears still firmly ‘believe in’ Mitchell Trubisky

By Matt Johnson
Dec 29, 2019; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears entered the offseason by standing by Mitchell Trubisky as their quarterback for the future. Now, even after a flurry of moves that reflect the opposite, the Bears are doubling down on the former No. 2 overall pick.

Chicago kicked off its offseason by trading for Nick Foles, a move that put Trubisky on notice. Just a few weeks after the organization was mocked once again for their draft0day blunder, the Bears declined the fifth-year option on Trubisky.

Now just months away from the start of training camp and with the regular season on schedule, Bears general manager Ryan Pace threw his support behind Trubisky once again. Despite the 25-year-old quarterback coming off an ugly season that cost the Bears a shot at the playoffs, Pace told the Chicago Sun-Times that the team still believes in Trubisky.

Foles is widely expected to become Chicago’s starting quarterback heading into camp. In limited playing time this past season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the 31-year-old completed 65.8% of his passes and posted an 84.6 quarterback rating.

Before that, Foles signed a four-year, $88 million contract in free agency coming off a 2018 season that saw him throw for 1,413 yards and complete 72.3% of his attempts in five games with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Pace seems unwilling to admit at this point that he made a monumental mistake in the 2017 NFL Draft. If he is going to keep his job past the 2020 season, he will likely need Foles to step up or for Trubisky to prove him right. As our projected records for the 2020 season show, we don’t expect that to happen.