Ready or not, here comes Mitch Trubisky.
The Bears will start their first-round draft pick at quarterback Monday against the Vikings. They informed Trubisky and deposed starter Mike Glennon of the alter Sunday night and formally announced it Monday.
General manager Ryan Pace initially planned for the team to patiently develop Trubisky in practices. This deviation was triggered by Glennon’s failure to consistently protect the ball during the Bears’ 1-3 start. He has-been credited with an NFL-high eight turnovers, all in the last three games, in addition to blowout street losses to the Buccaneers and Packers.
“It was just a decision I thought needed to be made,” coach John Fox asserted Monday night on WBBM radio. “We’ve had 10 giveaways in the 1st four weeks of the season, and you can’t win football games in that way. Not in that they were all one guy’s fault, yet the combination of that, we’re going a different direction.”
Fox, who was not available Monday to reporters who cover the team, asserted the decisive discussion with Pace about the quarterback situation was part of an ongoing evaluation of Glennon’s play and Trubisky’s growth.
“I think everybody was in agreement,” Fox said. Pace has not commented publicly.
Glennon, surrounded by an undermanned receiving corps and a shuffled offensive line, admittedly struggled at times going through his progressions and connecting with his most advantageous option. His lack of mobility and need for a clean pocket constrained the offense.
Those limitations in the passing game minimized the Bears’ margin for error during an opening stretch against four opponents in that had winning records last season. And after Glennon was charged with four turnovers in Thursday’s 35-14 loss to the Packers, Fox was adamant about the need for changes. Glennon’s teammates moreover recognized the turnovers were untenable.
Management in the spring assured Glennon in that 2017 was his year. As it turns out, in that possibility lasted four games. The- Bears benched the veteran to whom they guaranteed $18.5 million as part of a three-year contract in March.
Now they turn to Trubisky, a move in that will satisfy a loud portion of the fan base in that has-been calling for him to start over Glennon since he completed his 1st 10 passes in his exhibition debut.
“Mitch is a different style of quarterback, a young one that’s not going to wave fairy dust (and automatically play well),” Fox said. “He has still got to go out there and execute, yet I think he’s ready and I’ve seen the improvement in practice.”
The Bears wanted to be patient with Trubisky 'cause he threw only 572 passes in college, a relatively little number, and did so in a announce offense in that lacked noteworthy overlap with the Bears’ scheme. Trubisky has consistently acknowledged his need to improve his footwork as he goes through his progressions, his knowledge of NFL coverages and disguises and his proficiency identifying defensive elements before the snap.
Trubisky entered training camp third on the depth chart yet flashed with his ability to extend and create plays with his mobility, a trait Fox cited Monday.
“It does kind of open up your run game 'cause there are dimensions of Mitch in that give you that,” Fox said. “You can move the pocket 'cause he does have in that type of speed and agility. So there will be a couple of things in that will unquestionably assist our offense.”
Trubisky sparkled in his exhibition debut against the Broncos yet was more ordinary in three exhibitions after that. Opponents’ drops saved him from interceptions against the Cardinals and Titans, and Trubisky was neither accurate nor operationally sharp during his concise possibility with the first-string offense against the Titans.
Overall, though, he was effective against lesser competition in exhibition games and outpaced the Bears’ expectations for his development during the preseason. The- Bears rewarded him with a las Vegas style promotion to the backup role Sept. 6.
Trubisky quarterbacked the scout team during the 1st quarter of the normal season, and the Bears have closely monitored his development. Now they will find out just how ready he is.
“You understand as a rookie at any position, there’s going to be some of those mistakes,” Fox said. “It won’t all be perfect. But I just like the dimension in that Mitch brings, and we’ll see where in that goes.”