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John Fox declares Mitchell Trubisky had a “great camp”

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Very few NFL players — specifically first-round picks — are going to have terrible rookie minicamps. It’s sort of hard to screw them up.

But in Chicago, for the record, Mitchell Trubisky has set a high bar.

According to Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Bears coach John Fox said his rookie quarterback had a “great camp,” during the just-completed three-day session against other rookies and tryout players which featured no contact and a passing glance at their playbook.

Of course, things will get more complicated later when the whole team convenes for OTAs, but Fox was encouraged with the progress.

“You’ve got to get him up to speed in your offense,” Fox said. “So I think a guy, regardless of position, has to get comfortable and know what to do — and how to do it — and then just really cut loose and play.

“There’ll be a lot of classroom work — and thank God we’ve got all the off-season to do that. And I think he’ll do just fine.”

Trubisky’s progress is worth monitoring in Chicago for several reasons, primarily because their move up to get him made it clear he’s viewed as the future. But with Mike Glennon in place and the announced starter, he’s going to have to perform to a certain passable level to justify leapfrogging a moderately expensive free agent.

Glennon’s not so good that that will be impossible, but Trubisky’s going to have to win the job outright or the Bears can just proceed with the plan to use the former Bucs backup as a bridge to the guy they invested so heavily in.

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29 Responses to “John Fox declares Mitchell Trubisky had a “great camp””
  1. bassplucker says: May 15, 2017 9:09 AM

    So far #10 seems to be saying and doing all the right things. I really hope he lives up to his billing… coming out of a draft with only 5 picks for a team with so many holes is still a little hard for me to stomach and if Mitch busts then it really won’t much matter how well the other 4 turn out.

  2. MichaelEdits says: May 15, 2017 9:16 AM

    So did Jake Delhomme.

  3. akira1971 says: May 15, 2017 9:20 AM

    “to the guy they invested so heavily in”
    ——————

    Again, PFT trying desparately to create controversy. Bears traded a couple of cheap mid-round picks to move up. By all draft-value calculations, it was actually pretty cheap move. But Bears get the hate while Chiefs AND Texans uses multiple 1st round picks to move up, don’t?

  4. redlikethepig says: May 15, 2017 9:39 AM

    Not like all the other 1st round picks who had lousy camps.

  5. eazeback says: May 15, 2017 9:45 AM

    saying the right things…if this kid starts hes gonna be tim couch all over again

  6. ricko1112 says: May 15, 2017 9:49 AM

    What else is he going to say? You can’t take a guy with the 2nd pick of the draft, plus 3 other picks, and not have him ready to start from day 1. This guy needs to be a superstar, but most likely he’ll be Glennon’s backup for the next 3 years.

    Goff, RG Me, and Trubisky will soon join Russell and Leaf on those “Biggest Busts” shows, as the Bears remind us once again why bad teams stay bad for so long…

  7. spartanlegend says: May 15, 2017 9:50 AM

    akira1971 says:
    May 15, 2017 9:20 AM
    “to the guy they invested so heavily in”
    ——————

    Again, PFT trying desparately to create controversy. Bears traded a couple of cheap mid-round picks to move up. By all draft-value calculations, it was actually pretty cheap move. But Bears get the hate while Chiefs AND Texans uses multiple 1st round picks to move up, don’t?
    =======================================

    So it’s hating to say that they invested heavily in him? It’s very clear when you read defensive statements like this from Bears fans that they themselves are pretty uncomfortable with the pick. Otherwise why would they feel the need to lash out like this to defend it?

  8. QB Film Room says: May 15, 2017 9:59 AM

    This is another Foxie like statement. Dude should be retired by now, he is not even an average coach anymore. Have they even played a game yet? it was a a mini camp!!!

  9. edavidberg says: May 15, 2017 10:11 AM

    Bears fan here. An injury to a contenders QB could open the door for Glennon to be moved before the season starts. Just throwing that out there.

  10. sterling7 says: May 15, 2017 10:26 AM

    Management didn’t tell John fox they were going to pick Trubisky-did they tell him to make this comment too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If I was the head coach I would be absolutely fuming for at least six months#&*!

  11. jonathankrobinson424 says: May 15, 2017 10:29 AM

    Translation: He looks GREAT out there in shorts and a t-Shirt playing pitch and catch with the WR’s with no pass rush from 300 pound lineman charging him. LOOKS GREAT! What a steal we got!!

  12. footballgodtb12 says: May 15, 2017 10:30 AM

    Apparently you only need 7 days to learn the Bears Offensive system.

  13. crossfade1 says: May 15, 2017 10:42 AM

    Fox was asked a question and he answered it. What more do people expect? Haters gonna hate regardless of reality.

  14. black59razorblog says: May 15, 2017 10:47 AM

    What a joke, the Broncos got a better QB with the last pick in the draft on Mr. Irrelevant, Chad Kelly. Mitchell Trubisky is the next Blaine Gabbert.

  15. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: May 15, 2017 10:49 AM

    “Bears fan here. An injury to a contenders QB could open the door for Glennon to be moved before the season starts. Just throwing that out there.

    Highly unlikely. The Bears paid him a $3M signing bonus. Owners don’t like when GMs blow their $3M like that.

  16. I Understand The Catch Rule says: May 15, 2017 10:49 AM

    But is he as improved as Blake Bortles???? I heard he made some HUGE strides.

  17. akira1971 says: May 15, 2017 10:51 AM

    spartanlegend says:

    So it’s hating to say that they invested heavily in him? It’s very clear when you read defensive statements like this from Bears fans that they themselves are pretty uncomfortable with the pick. Otherwise why would they feel the need to lash out like this to defend it?
    ——————-

    Me, a Bears fan? Not at all. Facts, using the Johnson Chart:

    49ers: 2600 pts (#2 pick)
    Bears: 2597 pts (#3, #67, #111, +future 3rd)

    Bills: 1300 pts (10th pick)
    Chiefs: 1816 pts (27th, 136th and 2018 1st round pick)

    Browns: 1200 (12th pick)
    Texans 1440 (25th, 2018 1st round pick)

    The Bears paid fair value for that pick, while both Chiefs and Texans grossly OVERPAID for moving up. Yet Pace gets skewered for paying a little to move up.

  18. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 15, 2017 10:51 AM

    Coach Gomer Pyle

  19. errwhatever says: May 15, 2017 10:55 AM

    The Fox playbook isn’t really complicated. That 3rd down draw play can be tricky the first few attempts though.

  20. waynefontesismyfather says: May 15, 2017 11:02 AM

    black59razorblog says:
    What a joke, the Broncos got a better QB with the last pick in the draft on Mr. Irrelevant, Chad Kelly. Mitchell Trubisky is the next Blaine Gabbert.

    Or Blake Bortles

  21. kneedragr says: May 15, 2017 11:26 AM

    “Bears fan here. An injury to a contenders QB could open the door for Glennon to be moved before the season starts. Just throwing that out there.”

    Are you kidding – with his contract? He gets 18.5M guaranteed this season, nobody will touch him with that cap hit!

  22. bighoser says: May 15, 2017 11:38 AM

    black59razorblog says:
    May 15, 2017 10:47 AM
    What a joke, the Broncos got a better QB with the last pick in the draft on Mr. Irrelevant, Chad Kelly. Mitchell Trubisky is the next Blaine Gabbert.
    —-
    Yeah, cause the Donkeys are so good at evaluating QBs as evidenced by their trade up to get Lynch before Jerrah could nab him and made him settle for his third choice. A season later and the team brass is complaining about Lynch’s work ethic and he can’t beat out a late round pick of a mediocre QB and fans are excited about Mr. Irrelevant in this year’s draft… Yep, that worked out just fine!

  23. bassplucker says: May 15, 2017 11:44 AM

    Much as I would love to see the Bears be able to snooker a team like the Eagles did the Vikes last year, I think there’s a better chance a team lures Jay Cutler out of retirement than that they trade pick(s) for Glennon AND take on that contract.

  24. purpleguy says: May 15, 2017 12:25 PM

    The Vikings were not “snookered” on the Bradford trade dammit, we were “held for ransom”.

  25. bobthebillsfan says: May 15, 2017 2:16 PM

    Irrespective as to how controversial the trade was, I would not expect Fox to say anything else.

  26. rando74 says: May 15, 2017 3:26 PM

    “to the guy they invested so heavily in”
    ——————

    Again, PFT trying desparately to create controversy. Bears traded a couple of cheap mid-round picks to move up. By all draft-value calculations, it was actually pretty cheap move. But Bears get the hate while Chiefs AND Texans uses multiple 1st round picks to move up, don’t?
    _________________________________

    It doesn’t matter if they gave up half a beer and a stick of gum. Pace is a moron. They didn’t need to give up anything. The 49ers weren’t going to take Trubisky and he’s the only one who didn’t know it. The Chiefs move I do agree with you though. I thnk the Texans had to do what they did.

  27. rvz22 says: May 15, 2017 4:37 PM

    akira1971 says:
    “The Bears paid fair value for that pick, while both Chiefs and Texans grossly OVERPAID for moving up. Yet Pace gets skewered for paying a little to move up”

    Charts are all fine, but the Bears could have stayed where they were and still got Trubisky. Bears need a lot of help, Chiefs and Texans not so much. There was a lot of defensive talent in this draft and the Bears managed to get hardly any.

    Banking on everyone staying healthy and playing up to their former capabilities is nice, but doesn’t pay the bills when teams have to play the games.

    If Trubisky does end up being a bust, and history doesn’t favor the Bears in this case, this draft will set the Bears back years.

  28. iowahbr says: May 15, 2017 4:50 PM

    Did someone really expect Fox to announce that Bulls fans made a terrible mistake in booing Trubisky based on a mini camp?

  29. foreigncarnut says: May 16, 2017 7:15 PM

    It wasn’t the 49’ers that was going to take Trubinsky-
    it was the teams trying to trade up to the 49ers spot that were going to take Trubinskly. The sames ones that stopped calling after Trubinsky was taken.

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