In his third season in the NFL, Mitch Trubisky was making all of the same mistakes that he was making during his previous two years. His struggles with reading defensive coverages, decision making, and spotty accuracy in the intermediate to deep areas of the field all remained in 2019. In a season that the expectations of showing growth are high, Trubisky fell backward. While not all of the dreadful performances on offense were entirely his fault, he holds most of the blame.
Pace was quick to acknowledge in his season-ending press conference that Trubisky would be the starter in 2020. Now, that could be the GM talk after a bad season to quiet things down and enter the off-season with as little drama as possible. Regardless, handing Trubisky the starting job without some competition is a flat out mistake.
Without a quarterback on the books for 2020 outside of Trubisky, Pace will have to decide whether to bring Chase Daniel or Tyler Bray back on a new deal or go another route. As neither of those quarterbacks has proven to be worth considering for a starting role, the smart move is to find someone that has a chance to be the starter. Handing Trubisky the job without forcing him to earn it will not help his development. It’s pretty evident considering we are having this discussion entering his fourth season.
Free agency is littered with possibilities as numerous teams have moved on from their previous starting quarterbacks this year. Guys like Andy Dalton, Marcus Mariota, and Case Keenum are a few names in that list that could come in and compete for the job. The fact that they are all on the market shows that they aren’t one of the top quarterbacks in the league, but that’s also not what you are paying to bring in. Finding out whether Trubisky is the long term answer in Chicago should be the biggest priority before you have to pay him a fifth-year option or worse, sign him to a massive contract sending the franchise into quarterback purgatory.
If the Bears make the right decision to bring a legitimate competition to the quarterback position, it’s a win-win scenario. Either way, the better quarterback plays, whether that be Trubisky or someone else. The team gets a clear answer on whether or not Trubisky is worth keeping around past 2020. Unfortunately, general managers rarely are willing to admit they made a mistake drafting a player in the 2020 NFL Draft, especially at the quarterback position. Will Pace do the right thing?