Bears say Trubisky still has room to grow after spending the offseason as a third-stringer

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Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky didn’t get much work with the starting offense during minicamp, training camp and the preseason. That was Mike Glennon‘s job, and Mark Sanchez was in the mix as well, and Trubisky was working a lot with third-stringers who didn’t even make the Bears’ 53-man roster.

All of that is to say that Trubisky, who will get his fifth start on Sunday against the Packers, still has some catching up to do.

“[Not making] excuses for him, [but] the way we chose to go about this quarterback thing, [Trubisky] wasn’t competing for a job,” Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. “He was taking [third-team] reps. There’s a lot of growth that’s going to take place with him, and a lot of it was because he wasn’t competing for a job. He wasn’t getting starter reps, and his reps were limited. The best way to grow through this process is to just go out and play.”

That, of course, raises an obvious question: Why did it take the Bears so long to realize Glennon had no business being the starter, and that Trubisky could develop faster if he got more time with the first string?

But at least the Bears moved on from the Glennon mistake after four games. Now Trubisky has four games under his belt, and eight more weeks of working with the first string as a rookie.

16 responses to “Bears say Trubisky still has room to grow after spending the offseason as a third-stringer

  1. My hope is that Pace did not use the same criteria to evaluate Trubisky as he used to evaluate Glennon. Of course it is Pace that has the Bears with practice squad quality receiving corps.

  2. The NFL needs to workout a way with the players union to allow off season coaching for young QB’s. The QB position is so important to all teams, yet they are so limited to practice time.

  3. Nobody has to make excuses. Anyone who’s followed football for five minutes knows that rookie QB’s aren’t usually in their prime. Go look up the career stats of every HOF QB, and you’ll see that most of them had horrible rookie seasons. Look at Carson Wentz. Look at Jared Goff. What they’re doing this year shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Expect Trubisky to have a much better season next year.

  4. I would hope a rookie quarterback would still have room to grow. The question is why did the Bears keep his practice reps behind Mark Sanchez? I could see that they didn’t think he would be the starter, but you had to think he was good enough to be the backup ahead of Sanchez this year.

  5. Like what I see from Trub so far.
    Your QB is better than ours at the moment.
    Go Pack Go!
    (could the all time record be tied again?)

  6. Thats dumb……He should have taken every rep that Sanchez got, certainly they know what Sanchez isn’t….Retarded development is the coaches fault so why they even talk about it makes them look worse… Good luck kid…go Bears!!

  7. Not to make any excuses for you, but the way you chose to go about “this quarterback thing” was stupid. Did you honestly think you were going to get away with Glennon and Sanchez as your 1-2 and a guy you traded up to get at #2 as inactive for the entire year? Where exactly did you see this Glennon/Sanchez power couple taking you? It should have been obvious to you that this was going to be a rebuilding year and that sooner or later it was going to be time to play the rookie. Why not just make him the #2 to start the year so that he could have gotten some reps with actual NFL quality players?

    I know it doesn’t make much difference to you, but whoever is coaching this team next year is certainly going to wish you had done more to develop Trubisky sooner.

  8. “That, of course, raises an obvious question: Why did it take the Bears so long to realize Glennon had no business being the starter, and that Trubisky could develop faster if he got more time with the first string?”

    Because Chicago.

    I’m a Bears sympathizer but they’ve had a lot of mediocre leadership from the front office for an extremely long time. Their great fans have largely turned on them, focusing moreso on the Cubs, Bulls and/or Blackhawks than they have for a long time.

  9. nflfollower says:
    November 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm
    I thought as a rookie quarterback there was no room to grow. (Sarcasm meter broken). How is this news?
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    It’s news because the coach is admitting that part of Trubisky’s early difficulties are due to the fact that they thought it was a good idea to have their future franchise QB who they traded up to get practice against future used car salesmen instead of honing his skills against actual NFL players.

    Sarcasm meter intact.

  10. Yeah I dont know about mortgaging the house 3 times for a QB and you only make him work 3rd string with inferior players, giving quality reps to a guy like Sanchez who means absolutely Nothing to your organization… If you need Sanchez he can be ready quickly even from 3rd string…

    I get the Glennon thing a little but that they wrongfully retarded Trubisky’s developement is true.

  11. Weird that the bears gave up so much to him and then doesn’t implement a development plan for him.should have left Glennon with 3rd string even if the plan is start glennon.periodically, put mitch in live game to work on specific things.

  12. As much of the NFC North has come down in performance the Bears are still providing a strong foundation for the group at the bottom of the pile. Building year 3 of the Fox era will soon become year 4 of the rebuilding era. How this is better than Cutler/Trestman is beyond me.

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