Trubisky gets his welcome to Chicago

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Plenty of Chicago fans didn’t like the decision to move from No. 3 to No. 2 in round one to get quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. On Friday night, they got a chance to express their views during the Celtics-Bulls game.

Via ESPN.com, the crowd began to boo when the speakers at the United Center played the Bears’ fight song and images of Trubisky from the draft were shown on the video screens. Once, however, the crowd realized Trubisky was actually at the game, cheers emerged through the booing. The Chicago Sun-Times described it generally as a mixture of boos and cheers.

The fans have nothing against Trubisky personally; how could they at this point? Many hate the decision to draft him, which is odd given that the alternative is an unproven veteran who’s getting $15 million per year after two years of sitting behind a No. 1 overall pick that his performance helped the Buccaneers earn.

For now, Bears fans need to realize that the organization thought enough of Trubisky to make the move for him. Given that the team really hasn’t had a true franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman underscores the importance of trying to get one, and G.M. Ryan Pace was willing to stake his job on Trubisky becoming that which the Bears haven’t enjoyed in decades.

If Pace is willing to take that kind of risk for Trubisky, the fans should at least wait to see what he does on the field before directing dissatisfaction in his direction.

41 responses to “Trubisky gets his welcome to Chicago

  1. Hard to blame Bears fans for booing, pessimism is practically a Pavlovian response for them at this point.
    Outside of a handful of double digit win seasons here and there it’s been 25 years of mediocrity at best.

  2. Agreed…It’s not Trubisky’s fault Ryan Pace is an idiot for making a needless trade to get him one spot higher. (Not for drafting him, a decision I was hoping they would make.)

  3. Overpaid for him. A guy with his scarce record is NOT worth a better option than Watson PLUS three mid round picks (which is what they could have had if they stood pat, and IF someone else took Mitch with the second pick, which was far from a sure thing). Too many other holes on the Bears to make this move.

  4. “Many hate the decision to draft him, which is odd given that the alternative is an unproven veteran who’s getting $15 million per year after two years of sitting behind a No. 1 overall pick that his performance helped the Buccaneers earn.”

    When one takes into consideration that the Bears went ahead and spent $45 million on an unproven back-up just to give up three draft picks to move up a single spot to grab the best quarterback in what many analysts were considering a “weak quarterback class” when Solomon Thomas seemed to be a much better pick at the time, I think they have every right to be upset, personally. Time will tell, though.

  5. I’m not the least bit a Bears’ fan, but I thought this was a great move. I had Trubisky rated just behind Mahomes as the only two QBs capable of being franchise guys. At the end of the day, you do whatever you have to do to get a franchise QB. I would think Bears’ fans would be tired of losing, but I understand fans. Cowboys fans would have gone through the roof last year if Jerry Jones traded into the first round to get Dak Prescott. Right? Who knew? Today they’d be calling Jerry a genius. Gotta love the fans.

  6. “Welcome to Chicaaaa-go, Mitch-ull. Is it Mitch-ull? Can we call you Mitch? So how much do you know about one “Iron Mike Ditka”, Mitch-ull? Around these parts, we don’t know what your religion was back in North Caaaarolina, but now you’re officially E-Ditka-Palian. So here’s the deal, Mitch-ull. Don’t suck. We’ll tolerate a lot of stuff, as evidenced by the weather and oh I don’t know, the last 30 years, but whatever you do, don’t suck. Is that too much to ask, Mitch-ull? Grab a dog and settle in. And it better be on a poppy-seed bun with yellow mustard, bright-green relish, onions, dill pickle, tomato and sport peppers. Capiche?”

  7. tonebones says:
    Apr 30, 2017 8:21 PM
    I’m not the least bit a Bears’ fan, but I thought this was a great move. I had Trubisky rated just behind Mahomes as the only two QBs capable of being franchise guys…
    ——

    And who are you? What do you mean you “had him rated?” I’m just a fan. I saw some of his highlights and was not impressed. Slow release. Tendency to run. Low velocity on ball. Good physical gifts, but not much experience. I’m no Bears fan either, but I just don’t see it with this guy.

  8. I think most are ok with Mitch. What they are not ok with was the capital given up to get him that almost everyone agrees was unnecessary.

    That’s the rub. Not Mitch, the trade….

  9. I don’t blame Trubisky. I wouldn’t have any problem if we drafted him as the third pick.

    But the 3rd overall pick, two thirds, and a fourth is ridiculous, esp after they signed Glennon for 3/45 with 18M guaranteed.

    Its going to be another long decade.

  10. Glennon’s performance had nothing to do with the bucs getting to draft winston. the reason he sat on the bench was after his solid rookie season they fired the coach and hired lovie smith who signed josh mccown and named him the starter practically the next day. how you can blame somebody who never had a chance to compete for a job he had earned is just wrong. and once they drafted winston do you think he had any chance at all to compete for the job? they were going to pay him him 8 million to hold a clipboard so they must have thought he had some talent. also how do you slam them for drafting a qb of the future when you have been blasting them for not having one?

  11. I think the Bears got out-Foxed by SF, but for what it’s worth, Pro Football Focus rated Trubisky as its No. 1 QB & 12th best player overall. He has a high percentage on intermediate 10 to 20 yard throws. 🙂

  12. It is premature to predict or condemn the team and Ryan Pace, at this point.

    The Bears are clearly known as the team with the least amount of franchise QB’s in NFL history. History proves that over 75% of franchise QB’s are drafted with the top 7 picks.

    Pace verbally committed to bringing in a legitimate franchise QB and the moves to get Glennon and Trubisky are meritorious unless fans are ok with mediocrity at the QB position.

    Cleveland and another team were offering picks to the Niners and the Bears won out. Cleveland wanted Trubisky and contacted every team selecting #2 through #8 as possible trade partners if he fell in the draft. They didn’t want Watson or Mahomes and traded away their 12th pick to Houston.

    Philadelphia essentially gave Cleveland an extra 1st, 2nd and 3rd pick last year to move up to draft Wentz at #2.

    The Bears gave two 3rd rounders and a 4th which they got back when they traded down in the 2nd round of this draft with the Cardinals.

    Compared to what teams have given to trade up in the past, it wasn’t giving up so much for a QB that has the intangibles to be a franchise QB.

    Hopefully, Glennon and/or Trubisky will work out and prove to be smart moves. If not, it is not as though the team is expected to win the Superbowl within the next two years. They also have improved their skill positions and defense, considerably.

  13. Actually, the alternative was a safety or corner to provide immediate help to one of the worst defenses in the league.

    The boos were for picks wasted on somebody who might eventually be OK but is more likely to be, on his best day. a slightly more mobile Alex Smith.

  14. This is Chicago, a team that hasn’t had a decent QB for 30 years! And they didn’t have to give up any 1’s and 2’s.

    The hindsight 20/20 crowd is hilarious to me. Sure when everyone finds out after the fact that they didn’t need to trade it looks stupid. But Chicago was fielding calls to trade their pick for Trubisky, so how are they supposed to know those teams arent going to deal with San Fran instead?

    No chance they could have known for sure they get their guy without doing a deal. And they got a franchise prospect for 2 thirds. How would the Rams feel if they could go back in time and get Goff for 2 thirds? The price was small, now all that matters is if he can play.

  15. i fear ryan paste just drafted ryan tanehill 2.0.

    should have waited unti next year for a qb.

    and cut mark buttchez already.

  16. Umm, what, Florio?

    Of course no one is booing this kid. They are booing the lunacy of the move.

  17. Kapodaco says:
    Apr 30, 2017 7:51 PM

    When one takes into consideration that the Bears went ahead and spent $45 million on an unproven back-up just to give up three draft picks to move up a single spot to grab the best quarterback in what many analysts were considering a “weak quarterback class” when Solomon Thomas seemed to be a much better pick at the time, I think they have every right to be upset, personally. Time will tell, though.

    ====

    They didn’t spend $45M on an unproven backup. They spent $15M on a one year audition for a backup that is actually more “proven” than other QBs who’ve gotten much more money. (go ahead and compare his stats as the starter in Tampa with Osweiler’s stats as the starter in Denver).

    None of the rest of the contract is guaranteed.

  18. Pretty simple really. Bears fans are fed up with waiting till next year especially when next year is worse than last year. This team was hemorrhaging fan support at the end of last season, and coming out of a draft weekend with 5 TOTAL picks of which only two played any college ball that matters, certainly won’t stop the bleeding. Wait till George McCaskey sees his team 0-5 in October (check their svhefule, its entirely possible) and Soldier Field more than half empty. At that point will he still be willing to ride his boy wonder GM who took a cash cow of a #3 pick to market and came home with a handful of beans?

  19. finfanjim says:
    Apr 30, 2017 10:32 PM
    Umm, what, Florio?

    Of course no one is booing this kid. They are booing the lunacy of the move.
    ==

    This reminds me of when the Eagles fans booed Donovan McNabb when he was drafted in 1999. A local radio host later asked McNabb why he took the booing so personally.

    The host said something to the effect of “we weren’t booing you, we were booing the pick”. To which McNabb answered simply- “I WAS the pick”.

    No matter what he may say publicly, don’t be surprised if the treatment he got sticks with Trubisky a little longer than you might expect.

  20. Hersh says:

    “History proves that over 75% of franchise QB’s are drafted with the top 7 picks.”

    Problem is at least 50% of first round QBs end up being a bust as well.

    If the Bears had drafted Trubisky with the third pick, it would have been more palatable. But given the amount of talent this team still needs, it was a bitter pill to swallow and I think what irked most Bears fans.

    I hope Trubisky turns into the QB Pace hopes him to, but I think the odds are against it from what I have seen.

  21. At this point in time, nobody knows if this pick is genius or a huge blunder. To date, Ryan Pace has run 2 very good drafts and DaBears look very much improved. I am confident that many more W’s will show next season if Chicago can put a healthy squad on the field. People talk like they were in the room or something when the calls and the trade went down. Certainly the Bears phone was ringing also for the 3 pick by folks also interested in the first Q.B. to come off the board. Don’t you suppose Pace knew pretty much what he had to do to make this happen. Do you think he felt just a bit overwhelmed with the number of picks he had for 2018 so he gave away a 3rd round pick to ease up on the decision making for 2018. I remember the days of Sayers and Butkus and Billy Wade and Rudy Bukich. I remember the endless stream of below avg Q.B. s that suited up for Chicago and am thrilled that we have a G.M. that tried a double shot at solving the Q.B. problem we have had for so long.

  22. Fans hate the fact that the Bears got taken in that trade. Pace let Lynch bluff him out of his lunch money. That’s not Trubisky’s fault, but as the beneficiary and face of the trade, he’ll get blamed by some fans.

  23. I like the pick and was happy that Pace had the stones to get the guy he wanted. At least he is addressing the QB position.
    I like Watson but honestly don’t think he has the emotional makeup to be successful in Chicago.

  24. The Bears don’t have a talented roster. A key reason why most rookie QBs struggle is they play for teams that have no talent. Dak succeeded, and played on one of the most talented offensive rosters in the league. Is it because Dak was so much better than all the other rookie QBs?

    This QB is going to struggle mightily, he is even less experienced than most rookie QBs, and their GM gave up a ton to get him, when next year has a much better rookie QB class.

    The GM also spent a ton on an unproven QB in Glennon.

    These moves reek of desperation.

  25. It was the third quarter and the Bulls were getting blown out and basically didn’t even show up for an elimination game. Those fans would have booed anyone at that point. Chicago at the United Center in the playoffs.

    Blackhawks 0-2
    Bulls 0-3

    That is futility. If the Bulls were blowing out the Celtics, it’s doubtful that booing would have been anywhere near what it was.

  26. Am I the only one who thinks “franchise quarterback” has been watered down? It used to mean elite – as in a quarterback who carries his team and makes everyone better. Now it seems too many media types use it to simply mean long-term starter. If a third of the starting QBs in the NFL are “franchise” QBs, then it no longer means elite, and I think that’s sad.

  27. I have been watching the Bears for 50+ years. I do not remember Sid Luckman and in my mind they have never had a franchise QB. McMahon was better than average and Cutler had skills but was lacking in other areas. All the others were well below average. That is why the mighty Bears have won one Super Bowl. I guess the plan is now to build around a QB. Maybe this will work…..I hope!!!

  28. “Welcome to Chicaaaa-go, Mitch-ull. Is it Mitch-ull? Can we call you Mitch? So how much do you know about one “Iron Mike Ditka”, Mitch-ull? Around these parts, we don’t know what your religion was back in North Caaaarolina, but now you’re officially E-Ditka-Palian. So here’s the deal, Mitch-ull. Don’t suck. We’ll tolerate a lot of stuff, as evidenced by the weather and oh I don’t know, the last 30 years, but whatever you do, don’t suck. Is that too much to ask, Mitch-ull? Grab a dog and settle in. And it better be on a poppy-seed bun with yellow mustard, bright-green relish, onions, dill pickle, tomato and sport peppers. Capiche?”

    He is from Ohio, not NC. Other than that your comments are rude.

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