The Mitchell Trubisky jersey is certainly a hot buy all across the NFL landscape as he did something no Bears quarterback had done since 2010; lead the Bears to an NFC North Championship, but better yet, to a home playoff game. While the game didn’t turn out the way the Bears intended it to, Trubisky, along with a young cast of stars on both sides of the ball, provided fans hope for a bright future.
Yet, the future rests on the quarterback’s shoulders, as it does with so many other teams, and the Bears are no different. For this reason, I’ve decided to give Trubisky the keys to being the face of the Chicago Bears franchise in favor of others like Jordan Howard or Roquan Smith.
If this franchise is going to ascend to and remain at a level their divisional rival, the Green Bay Packers were at with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, Trubisky is going to be the deciding factor.
Who is Mitchell Trubisky?
Trubisky played his high school ball at Mentor High School, not far away from Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio. During his career, he amassed over 9,000 passing yards with 92 touchdown passes. He also rushed for over 1,500 yards and scored 33 rushing touchdowns.
Trubisky established himself as a dual-threat, pass-first quarterback early, and has remained so even to this day. As a result, he earned The Ohio Mr. Football Award in 2012, recognizing him as the best high school football player in the State of Ohio. Not long after, Trubisky committed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Unlike most top prospects heading to the NFL, Trubisky’s collegiate career was notoriously short. In 2013, he decided to redshirt for his freshman season before serving as backup to then-starting quarterback Marquise Williams in 2014, appearing in ten games for the Tar Heels.
In his redshirt freshman season, he threw for 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions with 459 passing yards on 42 completions playing in spot duty behind Williams. Trubisky was again a backup as a sophomore and again served in relief duty. He completed 40 of 47 passes for 6 touchdowns and 0 interceptions for 555 passing yards. He also rushed for 101 yards and 3 touchdowns.
He finally gained the starting nod as a junior after playing well in relief duty for two seasons. He did not disappoint, recording over 3,700 passing yards, 304 completions, 30 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions.
Despite limited experience, he decided to forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
Numerous teams took an interest in Trubisky when he entered the NFL Draft in 2017. Other quarterbacks entering that same season included Clemson’s DeShaun Watson and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes, among others, both of whom had more starting experience in college. This also limited relevant awards for Trubisky in which he merely earned an All-ACC third team award for his accolades compared to the boatload Watson earned.
Despite the adversity, the Chicago Bears traded to the number two slot in the 2017 NFL Draft and selected Trubisky nonetheless, after rumors that the hometown Cleveland Browns were making a move to trade up and snag the player after already taking the best defensive player in the draft that season in Myles Garrett.
Trubisky started off his NFL career as a backup to Mike Glennon, who signed on to become a bridge quarterback for the Bears while Trubisky could get himself acclimated with the NFL.
After several poor performances from Glennon, then-coach John Fox benched his starter in favor of Trubisky, who started his first NFL game in October 2017 against the rival Minnesota Vikings, losing 20-17 after completing 12 of 25 passes for a touchdown and an interception.
Trubisky’s rookie season was full of ups and downs, mostly somewhere in the middle. He went 4-8 as a starter with 7 touchdown passes compared to 7 interceptions for a 77.5 passer rating.
Going into 2018, no one expected the Bears to make a leap, with the team picking 8th in the 2018 NFL Draft and figuring to remain in rebuilding mode as John Fox was fired in favor of Matt Nagy, forcing Trubisky to adapt to a new coach in only his second season, which is hard on any young quarterback.
However, General Manager Ryan Pace signed receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, two solid targets with above average NFL careers. He also signed tight-end Trey Burton to replace an ailing Zach Miller, who almost lost a leg after a gruesome knee injury the year before which involved tearing a popliteal artery.
Trubisky’s coming out party came in Week Four against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when he had a career game throwing for 354 yards, 6 touchdowns, and posted a 154.7 quarterback rating, winning by a score of 48-10. This game set the stage for the rest of both Trubisky’s and the Bears’ season in which he played in 14 games, throwing for 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions with 3,223 passing yards, and a 95.4 quarterback rating.
His efforts earned him a trip to the 2019 Pro Bowl, where he replaced Rams’ quarterback Jared Goff.
Bears Franchise Records
Trubisky is arguably the greatest Bears’ quarterback to suit up since Jim McMahon in the 1980s, showing the bleakness of the position which has seen the likes of first-round busts Rex Grossman and Cade McNown, among others. Also, part of that list are middle of the road quarterbacks Kyle Orton, Jay Cutler, Erik Kramer, Kordell Stewart, and others, none of whom made such remarkable strides.
As a result, Trubisky already holds fifteen Chicago Bears franchise records, including:
Most completions in a playoff game
Most completions by a Bears’ rookie
Most completions in a single game by a Bears rookie
Most pass attempts by a Bears rookie
Most passing yards in a playoff game
Most passing yards in a rookie season
Most passing yards in a game by a Bears rookie
Most passing touchdowns in a single game