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Lack of Trubisky starting experience is “bugging” Bruce Arians

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The Cardinals are looking for a quarterback to eventually become the starter. Their coach has concerns about a quarterback who eventually became the starter at North Carolina.

“A really talented player,” Bruce Arians said this week in Arizona regarding Mitchell Trubisky, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “The growth potential is obviously there. The question is why wasn’t all that talent starting for the last three years? That’s always bugging me. So you have to go and answer those questions with him, with his coach, but the physical talent is there.”

Arians also scoffed at the unnamed scout who reportedly compared Trubisky to Aaron Rodgers.

“That’s a hell of a scout,” Arians said. “I don’t know how you can compare those two. When Aaron was coming out, he was in a totally different offense. I’m old enough to know when Aaron came out because I evaluated him.

“Mitch probably has a stronger arm coming out than Aaron did,” Arians added. “But to say anybody reminds you of somebody, to me it’s just physically, stature-wise or just arm-strength wise. I wouldn’t put that much pressure on a guy to say he’s Aaron Rodgers.”

For more from Arians, check out his discussion with PFT Live from Arizona, which included his assessment of why it’s so hard to determine whether a good college quarterback will be a good pro quarterback.

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24 Responses to “Lack of Trubisky starting experience is “bugging” Bruce Arians”
  1. therealtrenches says: Apr 1, 2017 6:08 PM

    Smoke screen.

  2. tonebones says: Apr 1, 2017 6:22 PM

    The Cardinals brought Dak Prescott in for a workout last year, but apparently Arians wasn’t sold on him either. Can’t blame the scouts for that one. Arians is a genius and everyone else is a dummy. Just ask him. Besides, Trubisky isn’t getting past the 49ers at #2, so you can forget about him.

  3. tjacks7 says: Apr 1, 2017 6:24 PM

    Plus you have to question why he never got high and fell out of a window before.

  4. 6250claimer says: Apr 1, 2017 6:32 PM

    James Lofton only started as a senior at Stanford but was drafted in the 1st and now in HOF. Not a significant concern.

  5. kamthechancellor says: Apr 1, 2017 6:37 PM

    Arians loves himself some Arians.

  6. raiderinva says: Apr 1, 2017 6:41 PM

    Let the draft jockeying begin.

    I think that the Browns will take Trubisky at 12 if he is still there so Bruce will have to justify trading up or knock the kid to the 13th pick…..

  7. abninf says: Apr 1, 2017 6:42 PM

    Trubisky reminds me of a mix of Joe Montana, YA Tittle, Roger Staubach and Kurt Warner. He could possibly be the best ever to play the game.

  8. averageatbest17 says: Apr 1, 2017 6:42 PM

    Trubisky physically looks like Ryan nassib coming out, but I wouldn’t hand him the keys to any franchise. He’s no better than Matt Barkley…..

  9. campcouch says: Apr 1, 2017 6:55 PM

    Ah, stage 2 of grumpy old man disease. Now I’m sure Mr. Trubisky will be happy to be drafted by any NFL team, but when the head coach of one publicly dumps on you for no reason, you cast a wary eye at that franchise.

  10. 1trojan33usc says: Apr 1, 2017 6:58 PM

    Amazing, you have a guy coming out that threw for over 800 yards in TWO National Championship games against Bama that has “loaded” the NFL continuously with defensive talent. What more test does he need, Deshawn Watson is the MAN !!

  11. pardonmyjake says: Apr 1, 2017 7:23 PM

    thats cause arians is a bug out. how many games did brady start at michigan??

  12. heymister24 says: Apr 1, 2017 7:29 PM

    Trubiski shoulda stayed in skool.

  13. dregonspengler says: Apr 1, 2017 7:29 PM

    6250claimer says:
    James Lofton only started as a senior at Stanford but was drafted in the 1st and now in HOF. Not a significant concern.

    With regard to transitioning from college to the NFL after just one year as a starter, you’re seriously not comparing a wide receiver to a quarterback?
    You’re not just comparing apples to oranges; it’s more like grapes to watermelons.
    The learning curve is infinitely steeper, and the likelihood of success much less for the QB. In addition, Mitchell Trubisky will attempt to do it in today’s wide-open and more complex NFL, not the far less complicated game James Lofton entered in 1978.
    I’m neither criticizing Lofton or discounting Trubisky’s chances for success. I’m merely saying you can’t compare the two situations.

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 1, 2017 7:31 PM

    Chris Hackenberg looked better than Trubisky is his first season as a starter in college, and he was 4 years younger when he did it.

  15. edavidberg says: Apr 1, 2017 7:58 PM

    The more he talks the dumber he looks.

  16. superpatsfan5 says: Apr 1, 2017 9:12 PM

    Arians. Not a genius. Just thinks he is.

  17. jerrytown says: Apr 1, 2017 9:28 PM

    I sure hope this is a smoke screen and the Cards don’t have any interest in Trubisky. He just reminds me of a prototypical dumb jock. I hope the niners take him at #2.

  18. tylawspick6 says: Apr 1, 2017 9:36 PM

    said it all along..jimmyg to the cardinals

  19. thejesusofcool says: Apr 1, 2017 9:47 PM

    Laugh all you want, but BA knows quarterbacks. And what job in football do all of you fan girls have? Exactly.

  20. Marc in Bakersfield says: Apr 2, 2017 1:17 AM

    Did Tom Brady start a lot in college? It does make Trubisky more of an unknown but does not mean he is bad.

  21. tg1896 says: Apr 2, 2017 7:38 AM

    Well, let’s see now…..

    Kurt Warner was third on the depth chart until his senior year at the University of Northern Iowa. How did that work out?

    (NO – I’m not suggesting Trubisky is the next Warner – only comparing their situations coming out of college)

  22. streetyson says: Apr 2, 2017 8:20 AM

    superpatsfan5 says:
    Apr 1, 2017 9:12 PM
    Arians. Not a genius. Just thinks he is.
    Here’s some free advice for you pal: don’t use poor grammar when naysaying someone else’s intelligence.

  23. kamthechancellor says: Apr 2, 2017 11:11 AM

    Lol at the internet grammar chumps… people are just posting their thoughts and probably on a phone, not writing a midterm paper. Get over yourself streetyson.

  24. dregonspengler says: Apr 2, 2017 12:27 PM

    tg1896 says:
    Kurt Warner was third on the depth chart until his senior year at the University of Northern Iowa. How did that work out?
    (NO ā€“ Iā€™m not suggesting Trubisky is the next Warner ā€“ only comparing their situations coming out of college)

    I take your point, but you still really can’t compare the two situations.
    Kurt Warner was an undrafted free agent who once refused to enter a preseason game with the Packers because he thought he wasn’t ready, and was later cut (not for that, but because he was very green and below Brett Favre, Mark Brunell and Ty Detmer on the depth chart).
    After stocking shelves he played in the arena league until finally re-entering the NFL, where he didn’t start until his second year in St. Louis.
    In other words, he was older, more mature, and got lots of time to hone his craft in the Arena League and then for a season as an NFL backup before taking over the reigns of the Rams at age 28.
    Mitch Trubisky will likely be a first-round draft pick, and if he goes as high as many think he might he’ll go to a QB-needy team that will want to start him as soon as possible, if not right away. He’ll have to sink or swim from the get-go, and if he initially fails it will be much harder to work his way back as Warner did.
    Yes, their college experiences are quite similar. But the challenge each faced/will face as a pro is very different.
    I wish him luck.

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