What’s the game plan for Mitchell Trubisky’s Development?
One of the more surprising picks of the 2017 NFL Draft was the Chicago Bears selecting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky from North Carolina with the second overall pick.
Some Bears fans were surprised and not pleased with the selection of Trubisky for a litany of reasons and are left wondering what to expect with training camp approaching soon.
In any other year, a team coming off a 3-13 record with heavy instability at the quarterback position would be a sure fire bet to draft a quarterback with their first round pick.
Fans for years called for the replacement of quarterback Jay Cutler and wished for the Bears to draft a quarterback were hesitant after the selection. Trubisky was projected by several analysts as the best quarterback talent available.
He threw 30 touchdowns with only six interceptions in 2016 at North Carolina and had the highest completion percentage of quarterbacks in the draft at 68 percent.
Trubisky also showed off his athleticism in his one-year as a starter:
Mitch Trubisky is a lot better of an athlete than we give him credit for. pic.twitter.com/Yd7OCeuFao
— Chris (43-45) (@ChiKidChris17) May 1, 2017
There is no pressure for Trubisky to step in and be the starter right away and will be given ample time to develop.
The only way Trubisky will see playing time early in the season is if starter Mike Glennon and backup Mark Sanchez are lost to injuries. Bears fans are skeptical of offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains ability as a coach to develop Trubisky.
Putting his play-calling aside, Loggains has done a decent job coaching up Bears quarterbacks the last two season as Jay Cutler credited some of his success in 2015 to Loggains as the quarterback coach.
Furthermore, Brian Hoyer, last season threw six touchdowns with zero interceptions with a quarterback rating of 98 and Matt Barkley was able to give the Bears a fighting chance in several late season games last year.
With the deep depth at the running back and wide receiver positions heading into training camp, Trubisky will benefit working with teammates who have NFL game experience.
Of the four pre-season games, Trubisky will see extended playing time in at least two of the games.
What Bears fans need to guard against is calling for Trubisky to start if he performs well, as he will be facing 2nd string or 3rd string defenses.
The Bears should take their time making sure Trubisky develops, and the earliest Bears fans should want Trubisky to play in December if the team is eliminated from playoff contention.
Bears and quarterback prospects do not have the best history as the previous two quarterback taken in the first round did not pan out. Cade Mcnown was drafted in 1999 and was gone two years later after issues with maturity and work ethic. Rex Grossman was drafted in 2003 led the Bears to the Super Bowl in 2006, but failed long term due to his inconsistency.
With Trubisky being one of the main storylines for training camp this season, it is imperative the Bears handle his development correctly, or he could be another name in the group of disappointing Chicago Bears quarterbacks.