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Trubisky says Bears will make the playoffs, but doesn’t “guarantee” it

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On the field, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is getting an education in football. Away from the field, he’s getting an education in how to talk about football.

Appearing at an event on Friday, Trubisky fielded a question about the team’s chances. He tiptoed on the tightrope.

“I said, ‘Yeah, I think we’re gonna make the playoffs,’” Trubisky said, via Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Obviously we know we have a lot of work to do. I don’t want anyone to construe it in a way that it’s a guarantee or anything. But I believe in myself, I believe in my teammates. I know we still have work to do. That’s what it is — I think. As a competitor, you should always go there and think we’re gonna win.”

Bears receiver Kevin White, who was appearing at the same event, urged Trubisky to make it clear that he’s not making a guarantee of a playoff appearance.

“He’s got to be clear with some things,” White said. “People can take it the wrong way and run with it, and make it seem like he’s being cocky or something.”

Maybe not cocky. Delusional, maybe. Possibly naive. Not cocky.

And there’s a way to express confidence without saying, “I think we’ll win every game.” Why not say something like, “We believe that we can compete each and every week, and we’ll see how it plays out”?

Regardless, if Trubisky truly believes the Bears will make it to the playoffs in 2017, he’s in the distinct minority.

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13 Responses to “Trubisky says Bears will make the playoffs, but doesn’t “guarantee” it”
  1. arvinkp says: Jul 1, 2017 9:47 PM

    Well I would hope a competitor would believe they can win every game. Any game you think otherwise is an automatic loss… unless you’re playing the Browns.

  2. cmonitsfunny says: Jul 1, 2017 10:30 PM

    Just not this year, or the next….and probably not the year after that.

  3. getadealdonealready says: Jul 2, 2017 12:39 AM

    arvinkp says:
    Jul 1, 2017 9:47 PM
    Well I would hope a competitor would believe they can win every game. Any game you think otherwise is an automatic loss… unless you’re playing the Browns.

    I agree with you, but the only problem with that philosophy in this case is he just came out and said that he supports Glennon as the starter. So if he is a true competitor then his first game he needs to win is the starting gig, then if he is that good, and such a competitor then he could shift his focus to winning the games on the field.

    The truth is the Bears are in the beginning stages of a rebuild, so patience will be key.

  4. mialto says: Jul 2, 2017 7:41 AM

    Gotta appreciate his confidence, but we’ve seen this circus act before. That Bears playoff team is probably still in high school football, so we have a long road ahead.

  5. hodag54501 says: Jul 2, 2017 7:56 AM

    The rookie backup QB on a lousy team usually doesn’t make daily headlines.

  6. tommytd says: Jul 2, 2017 8:27 AM

    You can tell he’s new to this town. He needs time for our losing culture to sink in…he’ll learn.

  7. cookerduff123 says: Jul 2, 2017 8:42 AM

    Easy on the talk, young man. Everyone loves confidence but at least get a few games under your belt first.

  8. captainwhodat says: Jul 2, 2017 9:32 AM

    golden rule: rookies should be seen and not heard…

  9. jagmankane says: Jul 2, 2017 10:02 AM

    Kevin White handing out advice….

    Has dude even played a season yet?

    The only way Trubisky could have said it better was “I think we can make the playoffs” as opposed to will.

    He made sure no guarantee would be seen in a quote from him. Leave the kid alone, 100 mics shoved in your face everyday, gotta say something.

  10. canth256 says: Jul 2, 2017 10:10 AM

    It’s a trap question that a reporter asked him. Any answer he gives will be used against him. He gave about the best answer he could in that situation.

  11. breadmeatcheese says: Jul 2, 2017 10:42 AM

    i can’t wait for the season. great oline, great run game, great defense when trevathan returns and floyd gets even better, and now a qb with revamped wr corps…i can’t wait!

    go bears! woo!

  12. 11dancingditkas says: Jul 2, 2017 3:31 PM

    Seriously? People are giving Trubisky grief for this? People are losing their mind as if he’d dropped some Trump-esque early morning tweet insulting everyone. Good for Trubisky for believing in his team.

  13. wordsmith513 says: Jul 2, 2017 4:29 PM

    Love his confidence, but it will be nightmare on Museum Drive for a while. We will see how many more QBs and coaches they go thru In QB Aaron Rodgers career.

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