Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky will make his 32nd start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, a sample size that's usually large enough to provide a front office with a strong understanding of who a player is. Unfortunately, that isn't the case with Trubisky.
The former No. 2 overall pick has had a roller coaster ride of a career through nearly 2.5 seasons in the NFL. His first year, to be fair, was a complete waste under then-coach John Fox and the inept offense run by Dowell Loggains. The only benefit Trubisky gained from his 12 starts as a rookie was a better understanding of the speed of NFL defenders.
His second season was his first under coach Matt Nagy and comprised of 14 starts; he missed two games last year with a shoulder injury. In those 14 starts, Trubisky managed 11 wins, completed nearly 67% of his passes and threw for 3,223 yards, 24 TDs and 12 INTs. He was pretty lethal as a runner, too, amassing 421 yards and three scores on the ground.
The arrow was pointing up for him. Way up. He was ready for Nagy 202.
Or was he?
This season has been a big step in the wrong direction for Trubisky and the entire offense. The offensive line is failing. The running game is non-existent. And Trubisky, as he admitted this week, isn't nearly as comfortable in the pocket. He isn't running, either; instead, he's forcing himself to be a pass-first quarterback. It isn't working.
The Bears rank 29th in total yards, 29th in passing and 28th in rushing.
Naturally, Bears fans are frustrated. They expect more from the quarterback GM Ryan Pace hand-selected over the likes of DeShaun Watson (Texans) and Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs). The frustration is reaching a boiling point, too. Trubisky needs to get right, quickly, before this fanbase jumps off his bandwagon.
We ran a poll on Twitter asking Bears fans how many games Chicago should give Trubisky to prove he's the guy. The results were...enlightening.
Almost a third of those polled voted for five or more games (essentially, the rest of the season), but more voted for one game or less (make a switch now, or at the very least, really soon).
How many more games do you give Mitchell Trubisky to prove himself?— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) October 25, 2019
31% want Trubisky to keep the gig. 39% think the jig is (or about to be) up.
This city is dying for a quarterback to win its heart. It was supposed to be Jay Cutler, and while his tenure certainly left its mark, he wasn't who Bears fans hoped he'd be. Trubisky possesses all of the qualities needed to be a superstar in Chicago; at least, off the field. But before he can become the darling of the Windy City, he needs to start winning games for the Bears. He can't just rely on Khalil Mack to do it. The wins have to be because of the quarterback. And once he does that, it'll be his job for as long as he wants it.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears.