The Chicago Bears live to play another day.
After thoroughly dominating the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14's Thursday Night Football, the Bears improved their record to 7-6 and strengthen their seemingly impossible odds to earn a post-season berth.
Mitch Trubisky was the sparkplug behind Chicago's 31-24 victory, throwing for 244 yards and three touchdowns while adding another 63 yards and a score on the ground. His breakout game drew praise from Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman and has Bears fans (and Kyle Long) fired up over what lies ahead over the next three weeks.
And if there was any moment that embodied that excitement, it was running back Tarik Cohen's victory flip after Trubisky took the final kneel down of the game. Check it out:
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Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky is entering the most important offseason of his NFL career. Naturally, he needs to be 100% healthy in order to hold off competition that's expected to be added by GM Ryan Pace via free agency or the NFL draft.
In order to get there, Trubisky underwent offseason surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Trubisky was originally injured in Week 4's win over the Vikings.
The good news is the surgery was on his non-throwing shoulder. And while it'll be a few months before he's back to full strength, it's not nearly as severe as it would've been had it been his right side.
Trubisky's 2019 regular season was defined by regression. He took a step back in every major category, including completion percentage, yards and touchdowns. He didn't run nearly as much either, as his rushing totals dipped from 421 yards in 2018 to just 193 last year.
The Bears are one of the first teams connected to almost every big-name free-agent quarterback likely to hit the open market, and they've also been mentioned as a club that could potentially trade back into the first round if a quality quarterback prospect begins to slip in the 2020 NFL draft. Needless to say, the pressure's on No. 10.
We haven't seen enough from a healthy Trubisky to consider him a starting-quality player at this point, so a less-than-full-strength version of the 2017 second overall pick would've all but doomed his chances at holding onto the starting job this summer.
For today's podcast for Super Bowl week in Miami, host Laurence Holmes has two separate discussions with two great guests. Kevin Clark and Robert Mays of the Ringer join the podcast to discuss why the Chiefs and Niners are in the Super Bowl and what the Bears are missing that's holding them back from a Super Bowl.
Part 1 with Kevin Clark
(2:19) - All the NFL players wanted to talk about Kobe Bryant at Media Night
(5:58) - What is the Ringer?
(7:24) - There is a lot that can be learned from Kyle Shanahan
(11:16) - What is Matt Nagy doing wrong with the Bears
(13:36) - What should the Bears do with Mitch Trubisky?
Part 2 with Robert Mays
(20:21) - Interview starts with Mays/ innovation of offense with Reid and Shanahan
(22:31) - Shanahan had the coolest offense Mays has ever seen
(25:16) - Can Matt Nagy be Shanahan?
(26:55) - What are the Bears options at QB?
Listen here or in the embedded player below.
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