On Monday the Chicago Bears and head coach John Fox named rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky the starting quarterback. Trubisky will make his first start for the team on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.
The decision was made after veteran quarterback Mike Glennon lost his job due to poor performance as he turned the ball over eight times in four games. Many worry about whether or not Trubisky is ready to start, but with the team’s upcoming schedule, it’s actually the smartest and safest time for Trubisky to start.
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will bear the responsibility of making sure Trubisky is ready to start against the Vikings.
Loggains will look to simplify the playbook so not to overload Trubisky at first and will look to run the ball more as well. Expect running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen receive a lot of rushing attempts next Monday as a way for the team to limit long passing situations.
The advantage for the Bears the next few weeks is that they will not face a lot of great offensive teams that would force the Bears into any shootout situations to where Trubisky would have to pass a lot.
The Vikings have been without starting quarterback Sam Bradford and have had backup Case Keenum start since Week 2.
To make matters worse, the team lost rookie running back Dalvin Cook for the rest of the season after he tore his ACL this past week against the Detroit Lions. The Vikings offense only scored one touchdown last week and have been inconsistent as they scored 34 points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two week ago.
Going into the game, if the Bears defense is able to continue their strong play at home and the offense is able to run the ball, Trubisky will not be forced not to have to go out and win the game. Short passes and no turnovers should be all that’s asked of Trubisky when on offense.
Following next Monday night’s game, the team will be on the road to take on the Baltimore Ravens on October 15th.
The Ravens got off to a great start winning their first two games, but have lost their last two games as they have only been able to score just 16 points total on offense. Their defense has struggled as well giving up a combined 73 points in their last two games.
This bolds well for the Bears again as they will be able to rely on defense and the running game to allow Trubisky to be a caretaker at the quarterback position.
The last two teams the Bears will face at the end of October will be the Carolina Panthers at home on October 22nd and the New Orleans Saints on the road the following week.
These will be a little trickier for the Bears to protect Trubisky from having to pass as these two team have good offenses. The Panthers were able to score 33 points on the road this past week against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
The Saints since week two have averaged 24 points per game and surprisingly their defense has improved limiting their last two opponents to just 13 points total.
After the Saints game, the team will have their bye before hosting the Lions at home on November 12th. The Bears goal should be to make the game as easy as possible for Trubisky in those first four games.
Once they are able to get to the bye week, they can further evaluate Trubiksy’s strengths and possibly use the two weeks to prep him to take on more of the playbook. The team wanted their young quarterback to sit as long as possible, but due to lack of production at the position, he is now forced to play and thankfully the timing works well for everyone.