Bears fans, you may not want to read this, but deep down, we know you know it: Mitchell Trubisky is not a franchise quarterback. The first reason is summarized nicely in this handy article from The Ringer, which explains Trubisky’s inability to throw to the left side of the field. Read it again. The second overall pick cannot — OK, he can and does, but shouldn’t — throw the ball to the left. That’s some Derek Zoolander-type stuff (you know, the notorious model and non-ambi-turner). And folks, Trubisky’s aversion to the left may be the one true thing holding Chicago back from a Super Bowl (atrocious kicking game aside).
Left isn’t right (for Mitch)
How can Trubisky’s struggles throwing to the left side of the field go unnoticed by the Bears’ higher-ups? He had a three-year career at UNC and no one noticed the left side of the field got less attention than a girlfriend during Sunday Night Football? Either way, there was a gross oversight and the Bears may be paying for it years from now.
Without diving into the nitty-gritty of stats, Trubisky’s second year in the league, in which he made great strides, was, by most metrics, supremely average. It wasn’t his arm, football IQ, or fancy footwork that got the Bears into the playoffs. No, it was Chicago’s tenacious defense that carried them all the way to the infamous double-doink missed kick. (Note: To this day, Chicago still can’t seem to settle on a kicker.)
Anyhow, a snapshot of Trubisky’s 2018 season shows a quarterback that is in the bottom half of the league for passing yards, yards per completion, QB rating, yards per attempt, and, among others, interceptions. Simply put, Trubisky was average at his absolute best, and compared to the QBs drafted after him in the first round (Mahomes and Watson), much worse.
Then there was the dud of a season opener that Trubisky gifted to all of the salivating football fans who have been waiting to clear their minds of the dud that was this year’s Super Bowl. Trubisky’s stat line was garbage, as was his decision-making. To be fair, Chicago’s offense came out with the most predictable plays and inexplicably ditched the running game, despite the apparent struggles of Mitch.
Off to a bad start
What punctuated Mitchell Trubisky’s god-awful 2019 season debut were Packers’ cornerback Tramon Williams choice words for Trubisky. After the game, Williams told the media, “We wanted to make Mitch play quarterback. We knew they had a lot of weapons, we knew they were dangerous, we knew all of those things. But we knew if we could make Mitch play quarterback, that we’d have a chance.” Talk about a ringing endorsement. That’s the kind of interview that will make Bears fans go into hibernation, hoping to wake up in a few seasons when the inevitable conclusion has been reached that Mitch isn’t the answer.
At this point, Bears fans can only pray other interviews (and the preceding games) don’t go this way. All they can hope for is that opposing corners aren’t smiling and licking their chops when they see Trubisky is the starter. Granted, the sample size for Mitch’s 2019 season is incredibly small. We’re talking about one game here. However, the trend for Mitch isn’t exactly pointing upward, and that alone is reason enough for Chicago and its fans to have their collective hand hovering over the big red panic button.