Mitchell Trubisky hopes experience of last season pays dividends this season

AP

Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes have gotten most of the press this offseason as they head into their second seasons. But of the three quarterbacks drafted in the first round in 2017, Mitchell Trubisky was the highest drafted.

The second overall pick played 724 snaps in 12 starts, won four games and threw 330 passes. Watson and Mahomes combined for 486 snaps, seven starts, four wins and 239 attempts.

Trubisky learned a lot in his rookie season even if he didn’t have as much success as he had hoped.

“The experience aspect and how to prepare day in and day out,” Trubisky said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “The grind of how long the season is, because you obviously don’t get that from the college season. You add a bunch more weeks in the NFL in everything you’ve got to do on a day-in, day-out basis. The speed of the game, and how there’s no weak spots on the other side of the ball. Everyone’s a baller in the NFL. You’ve just got to come prepared or else you’re not going to be able to do your job correctly. I definitely learned a lot about how you have to handle yourself as an NFL quarterback and being prepared on a week-to-week basis and just being the leader my team needs. I’ve learned a lot over the last year, and I’m looking forward to using all that information and continue to learn and get better for the future.”

He obviously also learned to speak in cliches.

“For us, it’s just taking it one day at a time, control what we can control and be the best that we can possibly be for the Chicago Bears,” Trubisky said of his goals this season. “Again, it’s just taking it one day at a time. We can’t get ahead of ourselves or jump ahead on the schedule. We’ve got to try to be 1-0 each week and focus on each opponent, and we know what kind of talent we have in this locker room, and I think if we believe in each other if we have, continue to buy into coach Nagy’s plan, that we can contend with anybody. You guys know that’s how it is in the NFL: Anybody can win week in and week out. It’s all about how you prepare, how you execute and who buys into the plan. Looking forward to it. We know we’ve got a very tough division, but’s going to be a great challenge for this team. I just like the mindset we have going into this season.”

Trubisky has spent the offseason immersing himself in new coach Matt Nagy’s offense. The Bears need Trubisky to take a leap similar to the one Jared Goff made last season in his second season to have a chance to do what Trubisky says they can do.

14 responses to “Mitchell Trubisky hopes experience of last season pays dividends this season

  1. Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes … the next generation of future great NFL quarterbacks … I’m excited to watch them play this year and rooting for all three to do well.

  2. Bears haters better get it in now, September comes real fast after the 4th of July.

  3. Mitch Trubisky wasn’t very good last year. If he improves a little he’ll still not be good enough to be the long term starter. He needs to make major improvements just to be adequate. We’ll know better at the end of 2019 and 2020, but it doesn’t look especially good.
    I think he’ll be an Andy Dalton type QB. Not horrible, and can win with a great team around him, but he’s not going to get the job done for you. For the first QB selected , and taken with the #2 pick, he will be a disappointment.

  4. indiapalealeblog says:
    July 2, 2018 at 7:07 pm
    Mitch Trubisky wasn’t very good last year. If he improves a little he’ll still not be good enough to be the long term starter. He needs to make major improvements just to be adequate. We’ll know better at the end of 2019 and 2020, but it doesn’t look especially good.
    I think he’ll be an Andy Dalton type QB. Not horrible, and can win with a great team around him, but he’s not going to get the job done for you. For the first QB selected , and taken with the #2 pick, he will be a disappointment.
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    Thankfully for you, scouting and player evaluations isn’t your day job. No one knows how he’ll turn out but they did surround him with talent and good coaching. Also, one thing he isn’t going to be similar to is Dalton. Mitch has wheels and can run as fast as Watson, Dalton can’t.

  5. It will be interesting to see how this goes. A truly offensive minded coach, better receivers than last year and, if healthy, a defense that will help the offense stay on the field more. Sure, it’s all speculation and a little good luck but this might work out well.

  6. Oh and let me add this before the beer blogger points out that having the ability to run doesn’t mean anything for a QB. Mitch is very accurate which is a trait you can’t teach. I like his mental makeup and I think that with the coaches preparing an offensive scheme that plays into his strengths, he will do just fine, and much better than Dalton.

  7. Coming from an eagles fan,I think trubisky has all the tools to get the job done. I’m glad they got him some weapons this off-season. He reminds me a lot of wentz(at least the physical tools). I’m not too familiar with him so I dont know if he’s got the mental toughness. I wish him the best this season though.

  8. MOTM says: … Nothing of value.

    Trubisky had a bad year. Maybe with better players he will have better stats, but he’s unlikely to amount to anything. He’ll be like Cutler, full of hope and potential, and never come through and become a good QB.

    PS – who said anything about running?

  9. bird2urmother says:
    July 2, 2018 at 8:28 pm
    Coming from an eagles fan,I think trubisky has all the tools to get the job done. I’m glad they got him some weapons this off-season. He reminds me a lot of wentz(at least the physical tools). I’m not too familiar with him so I dont know if he’s got the mental toughness. I wish him the best this season though.
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    We all hope he turns out as good as Wentz. I believe he does have the mental toughness to succeed. Congrats on your Eagles SB win and good luck this year (except if they play my Bears!)

  10. @indiapalealeblog

    “He started 12 games and threw for 2,193 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. His stats weren’t mindblowing, but neither were his receivers or the offensive coordinator calling plays.

    Regardless, he managed to finish his rookie year as the highest-graded rookie quarterback in 2017, per Pro Football Focus.”

    He’s not even remotely like Cutler, he’s the complete opposite.

    Trubisky’s 2017 rookie season (with Dowell Loggains OC and John Fox HC) WR core:

    Cameron Meredith (gone before 2017 season)
    Kevin White (Always injured / bust)
    Markus Wheaton (zero production)
    Kendall Wright (Best option, low production)
    Josh Bellamy (2nd best option, bad hands)
    Deonte Thompson (nothing)
    Daniel Braverman (Who?)
    Rueben Randle (Nope)
    Tanner Gentry (I like this kid, but no production)

  11. He can make a huge leap forward

    But if backwards, yikes that’s a scary thought

    In my Opinion hell will freeze over if this team isn’t in contention for the playoffs

  12. Deshaun had Obrian asnd the Texans were a QB away from the SB. Mahomes had Reid and Nagy 2 of the brighest Ominds in the game. Tru had a totally D Oriented HC and a horrific OC Loggains. Figure it out?

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