In two weeks, Mitchell Trubisky could go from bust to contract extension with the Chicago Bears.
Fans can complain all they want; the Chicago Bears don’t owe anyone an apology if they win out the remainder of the year. After starting the season off 5-1, Matt Nagy’s offense stumbled for weeks, losing six straight and becoming 5-7.
On a two-game winning streak, the Bears are back at .500. Thanks to a 20-12 upset by the San Francisco 49ers, the Arizona Cardinals no longer control their own fate.
The Bears now have the upper hand. Win and you’re in.
With two games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers, that’s much easier said than done.
The defense still needs to cause more turnovers. Hopefully, the run game can remain balanced after a stellar outing from David Montgomery. The receivers need to hold onto the ball. A giant checklist of “ifs” and “perhaps” for a team that could be heading back to the postseason.
Here’s the biggest checkmark of all; Mitchell Trubisky.
Now more than ever, the No.2 pick from 2017 has a moment he might never seize again. Here’s his “it” moment. His big break. His chance to rewrite the story from broken bust to Bears long-term starter.
Improvement from Mitchell Trubisky? Diving into four throws from the win over Minnesota:
*Bucket shot against man coverage (with a sweet route from Allen Robinson)
*Placement and timing on third down
*Putting him in position to succeed pic.twitter.com/wywhHxS1tv
— Mark Schofield (@MarkSchofield) December 21, 2020
If the Bears win out, it’s likely due to a rebounded Trubisky. And if that’s the case, we’ll be talking about a new contract in 2021.
Trusbisky’s career could be saved after Sunday
The NFL realm is far from a sure thing. Trubisky learned that first hand when the franchise traded for Nick Foles this offseason to “compete” for the starting job.
At this point, Trusibky and Foles both have played seven games. Their completion percentage is near identical, only seeing Foles lead by half a point at 65. While the latter has more passing yards, he also has 60 more passing attempts that garnered him a little over 300 more yards.
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The outside zone run game creates time & throwing windows for QB Mitchell Trubisky.
— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) December 21, 2020
So, what changed for Trubisky? The play-calling for starters. In Week 9, Nagy gave up calling the shots in favor of offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. In their last four games, Chicago has scored at least 25 points, averaging 31 over the span.
Trubisky has been serviceable, albeit quite decent when getting the call. In the last three games, he’s gone 65 of 88 for 736 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. He’s also averaging a completion rating of 73.9 percent although his average pass length is less than 7 yards through the air.
Sure, his game against Green Bay was far from good, but the final three drives led to the start of a somewhat revival.
Mitchell Trubisky now has 8 TD passes his past four games.pic.twitter.com/8ZoRpBjQqj
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) December 20, 2020
The Jaguars’ defense will give the fourth-year quarterback options. They ranked near the bottom in defense, allowing teams to pass for well over 270 yards. They also have little in the pass-rushing department, ranking 30th with 17 sacks.
Chicago’s too good to draft one of the top four quarterbacks. They’re also not good enough to risk an early selection on an unproven risk. The best answer might be the one in front of them with Trubisky if he continues to develop and limit the mistakes.
“I just wanted to control my own destiny,” Trubisky told reporters this week, according to the Bears official site. “I’m controlling what I can control at this point. And I’m just trying to take control of my career and put it in the direction I want it to go.”
Destiny has arrived for Trubisky. Time to control it.