Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky is motivated by the Nick Foles trade.
The Chicago Bears have a sense of urgency as an organization with jobs on the line heading into the 2020 season.
One particular player under the microscope is quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the former second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Trubisky had some typical rookie struggles in 2017, but many Bears fans felt confident he had shown some things on tape, enough to indicate he could be the franchise’s future at the position.
In his sophomore season, the Bears were very successful as a team and Trubisky even posted pretty solid numbers with nearly a 67 percent completion rate, 24 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and three rushing touchdowns.
Bears fans were mostly bullish on Trubisky after that season but there were still some doubters around the league who felt like Trubisky was helped tremendously by the work of the Bears’ skill players. It didn’t seem like Trubisky had really established himself despite those solid numbers.
Trubisky’s downward spiral in 2019
In the 2019 season, Trubisky’s doubters were validated when he really struggled to duplicate his 2018 success and threw for just 17 touchdowns in 15 games.
The Bears missed the playoffs and although that wasn’t all on Trubisky, there’s no doubt that the Bears needed more out of him.
So, the team traded for veteran quarterback Nick Foles in the offseason, effectively creating some significant quarterback drama in the Windy City. Many assumed upon the deal being made that Foles would be the starter for the Bears, but Trubisky isn’t going down quietly.
He was asked by the Chicago media his thoughts about the trade recently and had some interesting things to say.
"“Yeah, it was kind of interesting to me. But that’s the business we are in. I think I was kind of pissed off in a good way. I’ve been motivated ever since. I think it’s going to be a good competition. Foles has had a crazy career as well, so it’s been cool having him in our room talking ball. I know we’re going to push each other. But I still feel like this is my team and I’m excited for the competition and just get back on the field with my guys and show everybody what I can still do and how hard I’ve been working this offseason to help the Bears win games this year.”Mitch Trubisky via ESPN"
The Bears will need to see some substantial improvement from Trubisky this offseason to keep him in the lineup, but one way or another, it seems likely he will get some playing time in 2020.
Although Nick Foles has had some fascinating moments in his career, he has never completed a full 16 game season.
The Bears have to find ways to win this season, even if that means using both of these quarterbacks and finding the hot hand at points during the season.
Trubisky is still not yet 26 years old, so there’s reason to believe he will still find ways to improve his game and take the next step as a pro player, but things that had been issues in his rookie season were still issues last year. Trubisky has to clean up his game and find a way to raise all boats as the leader of the Bears.
Otherwise, he will find himself sitting behind Nick Foles and waiting for his next opportunity in another NFL city.