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Mitch Trubisky pick means Bears staff might stick for 2018

Mitch Trubisky pick means Bears staff might stick for 2018

I brought this up during this past week's Bears Talk Podcast, a couple of weeks after mentioning the possibility on Laurence Holmes' show on "670 The Score."

Ryan Pace going all in on Mitch Trubisky could mean buying more time for John Fox and his staff (specifically Dowell Loggains) than the more common belief the head coach and his offensive coordinator are on their Chicago lifeline this fall.

I see the complete opposite.

If this team has any semblance of luck with injuries as opposed to Fox's first two seasons (though this week's injuries to Mark Sanchez and Cameron Meredith felt a bit ominous), it's hard to see a 3-13 repeat. No doubt, Fox will have to be at his best in keeping everyone together after what's expected to be a difficult first month.

While the final two games of last season hinted otherwise, that's been one of Fox's strengths through a rebuild that's taken longer than expected now in Year 3, in part due to all the injuries. And if he can somehow find a way to guide his squad to (yes, improbably), split those first four games, imagine the psychological boost and belief that would provide.

But back to Trubisky and the staff, specifically.

Unless the General Manager senses a complete failure by Loggains and quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone in bringing the No. 2 overall pick along at a satisfactory "pace" as a rookie, would they really want to hit the reset button on his development all over again?

His plate right now is full as it is, learning a pro style offense (which Carson Wentz did not have to do a year ago), identify defensive disguises at the line of scrimmage, drop back from center 40 to 45 percent of the time, master a playbook, and acclimate himself to his offensive weapons. Once he finally gets comfortable with that (whether he sees game action this season or not), would Pace really want to start all over again, unless he just, flat out, dislikes the job Loggains is doing?

You say what if Loggains stays, and Fox goes? Doesn't work that way. A new head coach won't want to be told who his offensive coordinator is, unless that change at the top of the staff comes from within (Vic Fangio?). 

So as we look forward, as much as Bears fans want answers, or instant playoff gratification, the season must play out. I can't wait to see how it does (but check back with me at the bye week).

Public patience, understandably, is thin. And another sub-.500 season would have fans and some media demanding change again. Pace would almost certainly get an opportunity to hire a second head coach, and it's also the last thing George McCaskey wants next January, yet again.

So when it comes to bringing their quarterback of the future along, a coaching change could make the future a bit longer to arrive.

Bears, Mitch Trubisky trolled after Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs agree to deal

Bears, Mitch Trubisky trolled after Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs agree to deal

Sometimes the best way to get yourself through a tough time is to laugh it off. They say laughter is the best medicine after all.

So when Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs reportedly agreed to a record-breaking contract extension, it's no surprise that many people took to Twitter to clown the Bears.

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After all of that, this may be how all Bears fans feel on Twitter:

Ok, now that we’re through with the put downs, how about a little highlight to help the healing:

RELATED: Patrick Mahomes' unprecedented rise to NFL stardom can be explained quite simply

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Patrick Mahomes' unprecedented rise to NFL stardom can be explained quite simply

Patrick Mahomes' unprecedented rise to NFL stardom can be explained quite simply

Pat Mahomes officially woke up on Tuesday as the highest paid athlete in pro sports history. 

It's especially impressive to think about considering that Mahomes didn't even start a full season until 2018. In just two years since he's been able to win a Super Bowl, league MVP, and secure close to $500 million. How did this all happen so quickly? Mahomes' agent Leigh Steinberg – who presumably set his own field's commission record on Monday, too – sat down with the Under Center Podcast back during Super Bowl media week to talk about it: 

I think so much of it was growing up with a baseball player as a father, and watching the nature of ephemeral fame and how it comes and goes. It's all about being grounded, and in this moment, and not thinking about anything except focusing on this. But also having some fun with it. We're here on Radio Row, and happens is that you have so much coverage of the Super Bowl, that if a player performs dramaticlly, they cross over out of the narrow genre of hardcore sports fans. They become an American icon.

Steinberg also (briefly) discusses Mahomes' contract negotiations and how much the Chiefs' QB benefited from sitting behind Alex Smith for a year in 2017. You can listen to the entire conversation with Laurence Holmes right here, or in the embedded player below: